Cloudinary Data Integration with MySQL

With Portable, integrate Cloudinary data with your MySQL warehouse in minutes. Access your end-to-end image and video management solution data from MySQL without having to manage cumbersome ETL scripts.

The Two Paths to Connect Cloudinary to MySQL

There are two ways to sync data from Cloudinary into your data warehouse for analytics.

Method 1: Manually Developing a Custom Data Pipeline Yourself

Write code from scratch or use an open-source framework to build an integration between Cloudinary and MySQL.

Method 2: Automating the ETL Process with a No-Code Solution

Leverage a pre-built connector from a cloud-hosted solution like Portable.

How to Create Value with Cloudinary Data

Teams connect Cloudinary to their data warehouse to build dashboards and generate value for their business. Let’s dig into the capabilities Cloudinary exposes via their API, outline insights you can build with the data, and summarize the most common analytics environments that teams are using to process their Cloudinary data.

Extract: What Data Can You Extract from the Cloudinary API?

Cloudinary is a end-to-end image and video management solution used for managing websites and mobile apps.

To help clients power downstream analytics, Cloudinary offers an application programming interface (API) for clients to extract data on business entities. Here are a few example entities you can extract from the API:


  • Upload Widget
  • Video player
  • Product gallery
  • Media editor
  • Media optimizer
  • Search

Admin API

  • folders
  • metadata_fields
  • metadata_rules
  • resources
  • streaming_profiles
  • tags
  • transformations
  • upload_mappings
  • upload_presets
  • usage

Upload API

  • Asset management
  • Metadata management
  • Asset generation

You can visit the Cloudinary API Documentation to explore the entire catalog of available API resources and the complete schema definition for each.

As you think about the data you will need for analytics, don’t forget that Portable offers no-code integrations to other similar applications.

Regardless of the SaaS solution you use, it’s important to find a end-to-end image and video management solution with robust data available for analytics.

Load: Which Destinations Are Best for Your Cloudinary ETL Pipeline?

To turn raw data from Cloudinary into dashboards, most companies centralize information into a data warehouse or data lake. For Portable clients, the most common ETL pipelines are:

  1. Cloudinary to Snowflake Integration
  2. Cloudinary to Google BigQuery Integration
  3. Cloudinary to Amazon Redshift Integration
  4. Cloudinary to PostgreSQL Integration
Common Data Warehouses
Common Data Warehouses

Once you have a destination to load the data, it’s common to combine Cloudinary data with information from other enterprise applications like Jira, Mailchimp, HubSpot, Zendesk, and Klaviyo.

From there, you can build cross-functional dashboards in a visualization tool like Power BI, Tableau, Looker, or Retool.

Develop: Which Dashboards Should You Build with Cloudinary Data?

Now that you have identified the data you want to extract, the next step is to plan out the dashboards you can build with the data.

As a process, you want to consume raw data, overlay SQL logic, and build a dashboard to either 1) increase revenue or 2) decrease costs.

Replicating Cloudinary data into your cloud data warehouse can unlock a wide array of opportunities to power analytics, automate workflows, and develop products. The use cases are endless.

Now that we have a clear sense of the insights we can create, let’s compare the process of developing a custom Cloudinary integration with the benefits of using a no-code ETL solution like Portable.

Method 1: Building a Custom Cloudinary ETL Pipeline

To build your own Cloudinary integration, there are three steps:

  1. Navigate the Cloudinary API documentation
  2. Make your first API request
  3. Turn an API request into a complete data pipeline

Let’s walk through the process in more detail.

How to Interpret Cloudinary’s API Documentation

When reading API documentation, there are a handful of key concepts to consider.


There are many common authentication mechanisms. OAuth 2.0 (Auth Code and Client Credentials), API Keys, JWT Tokens, Personal Access Tokens, Basic Authentication, etc. For Cloudinary, it’s important to identify the authentication mechanism and how best to incorporate the necessary credentials into your API requests.

Upload API: Your Cloudinary Cloud name and API Key (which can be found on the Dashboard page of your Cloudinary Console) are used for the authentication. All the methods in this API also require a signature, for which you need your API Secret, to authenticate the request on the Cloudinary servers.

The Cloudinary SDKs automatically generate this signature for you, so you only need to add it when using the REST API calls directly to the endpoint. For more details on how to manually generate a signature, see the Generating authentication signatures documentation.

Admin API: The API uses Basic Authentication over secure HTTP. Your Cloudinary API Key and API Secret (which can be found on the Dashboard page of your Cloudinary console) are used for the authentication.

Provisioning API:
The API uses Basic Authentication over HTTPS. Your Cloudinary Account ID, Provisioning Key and Provisioning Secret are used for the authentication.


It’s important to identify the Cloudinary API endpoints you want to use for analytics. Most APIs offer a combination of GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE request methods; however, for analytics, GET requests are typically the most useful. At times, POST requests can be used to extract data as well.

For Cloudinary, the folders endpoint is a great place to get started.

Request Parameters

For each API endpoint you would like to use for analytics, you need to understand the method (GET, POST, PUT, or DELETE) and the URL, but there are other considerations to take into account as well. You should look out for pagination mechanics, query parameters, and parameters that are added to the request path.

Cloudinary uses max_results and next_cursory parameters for pagination.

How Do You Call the Cloudinary API? (Tutorial)

  1. Follow the instructions above to read the Cloudinary API documentation
  2. Identify and collect your credentials for authentication
  3. Pick the API resource you want to pull data from
  4. Configure the necessary parameters, method, and URL to make your first request (e.g. with curl or Postman)
  5. Add your credentials and make your first API call . Here is an example request using curl (without real credentials):
curl 'https://<API_KEY>:<API_SECRET><CLOUD_NAME>/folders/product/shoe'

How Do You Maintain a Custom Cloudinary to MySQL ETL Pipeline?

Making a call to the Cloudinary API is just the beginning of maintaining a complete custom ETL pipeline.

Here is a getting-started guide to building a production-grade pipeline for Cloudinary:

  • For each API endpoint, define schemas (which fields exist and the type for each)
  • Process the API response and parse the data (typically parsing JSON or XML)
  • Handle and replicate nested objects and custom fields
  • Identify which Cloudinary fields are primary keys and which keys are required vs. optional
  • Version control your changes in a git-based workflow (using GitHub, GitLab, etc.)
  • Handle code dependencies in your toolchain and the upgrades that come with each
  • Monitor the health of the upstream API, and —when things go wrong— troubleshoot via the status page, reach out to support, and open tickets
  • Handle error codes (HTTP error codes like 400s, 500s, etc.)
  • Manage and respect rate limits imposed by the server

We won’t go into detail on all of the items above, but rate limits are a great example of the complexity found in a production-grade data pipeline.

For each Admin API call, standard HTTP headers are returned with details on your current usage statistics, including your per-hour limit, remaining number of actions and the time the hourly count will be reset.

The Upload API, however, is not rate-limited.

If you don’t respect rate limits, and if you can’t handle server responses (like 429 errors with a Retry-After header), your pipeline can break, and analytics can become out-of-date.

What Are the Drawbacks of Building the Cloudinary ETL Pipeline Yourself?

You can probably tell at this point that there is a lot of work that goes into building and maintaining an ETL pipeline from Cloudinary to your data warehouse.

If you want less development work, faster insights, and no ongoing responsibilities, you should consider a cloud-hosted ETL solution.

Let’s walk through the setup process for a no-code ETL solution and its benefits.

Method 2: Using a No-Code Cloudinary ETL Solution

No-code ETL solutions are simple. Vendors specialize in building and maintaining data pipelines on your behalf. Instead of starting from scratch for each integration. Companies like Portable create connector templates that can be leveraged by hundreds or thousands of clients.

Step-By-Step Tutorial for Configuring Your Cloudinary ETL Pipeline

Off-the-shelf ETL tools offer a no-code setup process. Here are the instructions to connect Cloudinary to your cloud data warehouse with Portable.

  1. Create an account (no credit card required)
  2. Add a source —search for and select Cloudinary
  3. Authenticate with Cloudinary using the instructions in the Portable console
  4. Select MySQL and authenticate
  5. Set up a flow connecting Cloudinary to your analytics environment
  6. Run your flow to replicate data from Cloudinary to your warehouse
  7. Use the dropdown to set your data flow to run on a cadence

What Are the Benefits of Using Portable for Cloudinary ETL?

No-Code Simplicity

Start moving Cloudinary data in minutes. Save yourself the headaches of reading API documentation, writing code, and worrying about maintenance. Leave the hassle to us.

Easy to Understand Pricing

With predictable, fixed-cost pricing per data flow, you know exactly how much your Cloudinary integration will cost every month.

Fast Development Speeds

Access lightning-fast connector development. Portable can build new integrations on-demand in hours or days.

Hands-On Support

APIs change. Schemas evolve. Cloudinary will have maintenance issues and errors. With Portable, we will do everything in our power to make your life easier.

Unlimited Data Volumes

You can move as much data from Cloudinary to MySQL as you want without worrying about usage credits or overages. Instead of analyzing your ETL costs, you should be analyzing your data.

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