How to rate limit with exception


I’m looking to rate limit calls to certain endpoints with different rates.

For example: can be requested 1 time per second can be requested only 1 time per 30 seconds

In addition, I would like to whitelist some IP addresses where there would be no rate limit at all.

Is this possible at all?
I would appreciate any kind of help.

Thank you


I’ve made some progress

frontend ft_http

bind :80
mode http
stats enable
stats auth admin:password
stats refresh 30s
stats show-node
stats uri  /haproxy_adm_panel
stats admin if TRUE

# Use General Purpose Couter (gpc) 0 in SC1 as a global abuse counter
# Monitors the number of request sent by an IP over a period of 10 seconds
stick-table type ip size 1m expire 10s store gpc0,http_req_rate(10s)
acl white_list src
tcp-request connection track-sc1 src

# refuses a new connection from an abuser
tcp-request content reject if { src_get_gpc0 gt 0 } !white_list

# returns a 403 for requests in an established connection
http-request deny if { src_get_gpc0 gt 0 } !white_list

default_backend bk_http

# If the source IP sent 10 or more http request over the defined period, 
# flag the IP as abuser on the frontend
acl abuse src_http_req_rate(ft_http) ge 10
acl flag_abuser src_inc_gpc0(ft_http) ge 0

# Returns a 403 to the abuser
http-request deny if abuse flag_abuser

server webserver1 check

This successfully rate limits the http requests but

1- white list doesn’t work.
2- rate limit is global and not per endpoint.

any ideas?


What if you put tcp-request content accept if whitelist before the reject statement?

If you use multiple backends with their own stick tables, then it could be per endpoint.