Rate limit function 40/second with "golang.org/x/time/rate"


I’m trying to use “golang.org/x/time/rate” to build a function which blocks until a token is free. Is this the correct way to use the library to rate limit blocks of code to 40 requests per second, with a bucket size of 2.

type Client struct {
    limiter        *rate.Limiter
    ctx context.Context

func NewClient() *Client {
    c :=Client{}
    c.limiter = rate.NewLimiter(40, 2)
    c.ctx = context.Background()
    return &c

func (client *Client) RateLimitFunc() {

    err := client.limiter.Wait(client.ctx)
    if err != nil {
        fmt.Printf("rate limit error: %v", err)

To rate limit a block of code I call


I don’t want to use a ticker as I want the rate limiter to take into account the length of time the calling code runs for.


Reading the documentation here; link

You can see that the first parameter to NewLimiter is of type rate.Limit.

If you want 40 requests / second then that translates into a rate of 1 request every 25 ms.

You can create that by doing:

limiter := rate.NewLimiter(rate.Every(25 * time.Millisecond), 2)

Side note:

  • In generate, a context, ctx, should not be stored on a struct and should be per request. It would appear that Client will be reused, thus you could pass a context to the RateLimitFunc() or wherever appropriate instead of storing a single context on the client struct.

Answered By – Zak

Answer Checked By – Timothy Miller (GoLangFix Admin)

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