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    Cloudinary Client Side JavaScript Library - jQuery Plugin
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    Cloudinary is a cloud service that offers a solution to a web application's entire image management pipeline.

    Easily upload images to the cloud. Automatically perform smart image resizing, cropping and conversion without installing any complex software. Integrate Facebook or Twitter profile image extraction in a snap, in any dimension and style to match your website’s graphics requirements. Images are seamlessly delivered through a fast CDN, and much much more.

    Cloudinary offers comprehensive APIs and administration capabilities and is easy to integrate with any web application, existing or new.

    Cloudinary provides URL and HTTP based APIs that can be easily integrated with any Web development framework.

    For Javascript, Cloudinary provides a jQuery plugin for simplifying the integration even further.

    Getting started guide

    Take a look at our Getting started guide for jQuery.



    1. Install the files using the following command. Use the optional --save parameter if you wish to save the dependency in your bower.json file.

      bower install cloudinary-jquery
    2. Include the javascript file in your HTML. For Example:

      <script src="bower_components/jquery/dist/jquery.js"                  type="text/javascript"></script>
      <script src="bower_components/cloudinary-jquery/cloudinary-jquery.js" type="text/javascript"></script>


    1. Install the files using:

      npm install cloudinary-jquery
    2. Include the javascript file in your HTML. For Example:

      <script src="node_modules/jquery/dist/jquery.js"                  type="text/javascript"></script>
      <script src="node_modules/cloudinary-jquery/cloudinary-jquery.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

    For the server side NPM library, please refer to


    In order to properly use this library you have to provide it with a few configuration parameters:


    • cloud_name - The cloudinary cloud name associated with your Cloudinary account.


    • private_cdn, secure_distribution, cname, cdn_subdomain - Please refer to Cloudinary Documentation for information on these parameters.

    To set these configuration parameters use the Cloudinary::config function (see below).


    The following blog post details the process of setting up a jQuery based file upload.

    The Cloudinary Documentation can be found at:

    Cloudinary JavaScript library

    The Cloudinary JavaScript library API reference can be found at:

    The Cloudinary JavaScript library provides several classes, defined under the "cloudinary" domain.


    Start by instantiating a new Cloudinary class:

    As jQuery plugin

    An instance of the Cloudinary jQuery main class, CloudinaryJQuery, is instantiated as $.cloudinary.

    $.cloudinary.config({ cloud_name: "demo"});
    var cl = { cloud_name: "demo"});
    Using the config function
    // Using the config function
    var cl =;
    cl.config( "cloud_name", "demo");
    From meta tags in the current HTML document

    When using the library in a browser environment, you can use meta tags to define the configuration options.

    The init() function is a convenience function that invokes both fromDocument() and fromEnvironment().

    For example, add the following to the header tag:

    <meta name="cloudinary_cloud_name" content="demo">

    In your JavaScript source, invoke fromDocument():

    var cl =;
    // or
    From environment variables

    When using the library in a backend environment such as NodeJS, you can use an environment variable to define the configuration options.

    Set the environment variable, for example:

    export CLOUDINARY_URL=cloudinary://demo

    In your JavaScript source, invoke fromEnvironment():

    var cl =;
    // or

    URL generation

    // ""
    cl.url( "sample", { width: 100, crop: "fit"})
    // ",w_100/sample"

    HTML tag generation

    You can generate HTML tags in several ways:

    Cloudinary::image() generates a DOM tag, and prepares it for responsive functionality. This is the same functionality as $.cloudinary.image(). (When using the jQuery plugin, the src-cache data attribute is stored using jQuery's data() method and so is not visible.)



    <img src="http:​/​/​​demo/​image/​upload/​sample">

    You can generate an image Tag using the imageTag function:

    var tag = cl.imageTag("sample");

    which produces:

    <img src="">



    which produces:

    <img src=",w_100/sample">

    You can also use ImageTag independently:

    var tag = "sample", { cloud_name: "some_other_cloud" });

    which produces:

    <img src="">


    In addition to using a plain object to define transformations or using the builder methods (both described above), you can define transformations by using the Transformation class:

    var tr =;
    // "c_fit,w_100"

    You can also chain transformations together:

    var tr =;
    // "c_fit,w_10/a_15"

    jQuery plugin

    This Cloudinary jQuery plugin is backward compatible with the previous cloudinary_js version - except that it does not contain the jquery-file-upload dependency and functionality. For a fully compatible version, including the Blueimp jquery file upload functionality, refer to cloudinary-jquery-file-upload

    When loaded, the new JavaScript library instantiates a CloudinaryJQuery object and attaches it to jQuery.

    The following list includes a sample of the API provided by this library:

    • $.cloudinary.config(parameter_name, parameter_value) - Sets parameter_name's value to parameter_value.

    • $.cloudinary.url(public_id, options) - Returns a cloudinary URL based on your configuration and the given options.

    • $.cloudinary.image(public_id, options) - Returns an HTML image tag for the photo specified by public_id

    • $.cloudinary.facebook_profile_image, $.cloudinary.twitter_profile_image, $.cloudinary.twitter_name_profile_image, $.cloudinary.gravatar_image , $.cloudinary.fetch_image - Same as image but returns a specific type of image.

    • $(jquery_selector).cloudinary(options) - Goes over the elements specified by the jQuery selector and changes all the images to be fetched using Cloudinary's CDN. Using options, you can also specify transformations to the images. The options parameters are similar across all cloudinary frameworks. Please refer to jQuery image manipulation for a more complete reference regarding the options.

    See our documentation for more information about displaying and transforming images using jQuery.

    Other Cloudinary JavaScript libraries

    Core Javascript library

    The Core Cloudinary JavaScript library does not depend on jQuery:

    jQuery File upload

    The Cloudinary jQuery File Upload library extends the Cloudinary jQuery plugin with support for the Blueimp jQuery File Upload library. The library can be found at

    Client side image resizing before upload

    See the File Processing Options in Modify your script tags based on the the following example (order is important!):

    <script src="node_modules/jquery/dist/jquery.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="node_modules/jquery.ui/ui/widget.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="node_modules/blueimp-load-image/js/load-image.all.min.js"></script>
    <script src="node_modules/blueimp-canvas-to-blob/js/canvas-to-blob.min.js"></script>
    <script src="node_modules/blueimp-file-upload/js/jquery.iframe-transport.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="node_modules/blueimp-file-upload/js/jquery.fileupload.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="node_modules/blueimp-file-upload/js/jquery.fileupload-process.js"></script>
    <script src="node_modules/blueimp-file-upload/js/jquery.fileupload-image.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    <script src="node_modules/blueimp-file-upload/js/jquery.fileupload-validate.js"></script>
    <script src="node_modules/cloudinary-jquery-file-upload/cloudinary-jquery-file-upload.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

    Also, add the following javascript:

    $(document).ready(function() {
        disableImageResize: false,
        imageMaxWidth: 800,                           // 800 is an example value
        imageMaxHeight: 600,                          // 600 is an example value
        maxFileSize: 20000000,                        // 20MB is an example value
        loadImageMaxFileSize: 20000000,               // default is 10MB
        acceptFileTypes: /(\.|\/)(gif|jpe?g|png|bmp|ico)$/i

    Additional resources

    Additional resources are available at:


    You can open an issue through GitHub.

    Contact us at

    Stay tuned for updates, tips and tutorials: Blog, Twitter, Facebook.


    Released under the MIT license.




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