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Cloudinary is a digital asset management platform with a broad feature set, including support for responsive image generation and url based image transformation. They also provide a powerful media library UI for managing assets, and tools for organizing your assets into a hierarchy.

The Cloudinary media library integration for Netlify CMS uses Cloudinary's own media library interface within Netlify CMS. To get started, you'll need a Cloudinary account and Netlify CMS 2.3.0 or greater.

Creating a Cloudinary Account

You can sign up for Cloudinary for free. Once you're logged in, you'll need to retrieve your Cloud name and API key from the upper left corner of the Cloudinary console.

Cloudinary console screenshot

Connecting Cloudinary to Netlify CMS

To use the Cloudinary media library within Netlify CMS, you'll need to update your Netlify CMS configuration file with the information from your Cloudinary account:

  name: cloudinary
    cloud_name: your_cloud_name
    api_key: your_api_key

Netlify CMS configuration options

The following options are specific to the Netlify CMS integration for Cloudinary:

  • output_filename_only: (default: false)
    By default, the value provided for a selected image is a complete URL for the asset on Cloudinary's CDN. Setting output_filename_only to true will instead produce just the filename (e.g. image.jpg).
  • use_transformations: (default: true)
    If true, uses derived url when available (the url will have image transformation segments included). Has no effect if output_filename_only is set to true.
  • use_secure_url: (default: true)
    Controls whether an http or https URL is provided. Has no effect if output_filename_only is set to true.

Cloudinary configuration options

The Cloudinary media library integration can be configured in two ways: globally and per field. Global options will be overridden by field options. All options are listed in Cloudinary's media library documentation, but only the following options are available or recommended for the Netlify CMS integration:


  • cloud_name
  • api_key
  • username - pre-fills a username in the Cloudinary login form

Media library behavior

Image transformations

The Cloudinary integration allows images to be transformed in two ways: directly within Netlify CMS, and separately from the CMS via Cloudinary's dynamic URL's. If you transform images within the Cloudinary media library, the transformed image URL will be output by default. This gives the editor complete freedom to make changes to the image output.

Art direction and responsive images

If you prefer to provide art direction so that images are transformed in a specific way, or dynamically retrieve images based on viewport size, you can do so by providing your own base Cloudinary URL and only storing the asset filenames in your content:

  1. Either globally or for specific fields, configure the Cloudinary extension to only output the asset filename:
# global
  name: cloudinary
  output_filename_only: true

# field
  - { name: image, widget: image, media_library: { output_filename_only: true } }
  1. Provide a dynamic URL in the site template where the image is used:
{{! handlebars example }}

<img src="https://res.cloudinary.com/<cloud_name>/<resource_type>/<type>/<version>/<transformations>/{{image}}"/>

Your dynamic URL can be formed conditionally to provide any desired transformations - please see Cloudinary's image transformation reference for available transformations.

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