How does Shopify's rate limit work?


  • Vend for Mac or PC
  • Shopify Integration 


Shopify will begin to rate limit the requests to ease the load on their servers. The Shopify API call limit operates using a "leaky bucket" algorithm as a controller. This allows for infrequent bursts of calls and allows you to continue to make an unlimited amount of calls over time. The bucket size is 40 calls (which cannot be exceeded at any given time), with a "leak rate" of 2 calls per second that continually empties the bucket. Your API calls will be processed almost instantly if there is room in your "bucket". However, if it does hit the limit the remaining updates will be queued so they may not update to Shopify instantly. You can read more about it here.

Additional Information

The rate limit on Shopify is not based at the Vend integration level rather at the Shopify account-wide level. This includes the API calls coming from all installed add-ons/plugins to Shopify. 

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