cloudinary / cloudinary_scala   2.0.0


Cloudinary Scala Client Library

Scala versions: 2.12 2.11

Build Status

The Scala SDK is deprecated and is no longer maintained, with the exception of any high-priority regression bugs that may arise.

We recommend that you use one of Cloudinary's many active and fully supported SDKs. For details and complete documentation on all available GitHub, see our Cloudinary SDK Guides.


Cloudinary is a cloud service that offers a solution to a web application's entire image management pipeline.

Easily upload images to the cloud. Automatically perform smart image resizing, cropping and conversion without installing any complex software. Integrate Facebook or Twitter profile image extraction in a snap, in any dimension and style to match your website’s graphics requirements. Images are seamlessly delivered through a fast CDN, and much much more.

Cloudinary offers comprehensive APIs and administration capabilities and is easy to integrate with any web application, existing or new.

Cloudinary provides URL and HTTP based APIs that can be easily integrated with any Web development framework.

For Scala, Cloudinary provides a library for simplifying the integration even further. A Scala Play plugin is provided as well.


The Play 2.4 branch is not currently published to a Maven repository. To use it in your project you can run sbt publishLocal.

To use it, add the following dependency to your build.sbt:

resolvers += Resolver.file("Local Ivy", file(Path.userHome + "/.ivy2/local"))(Resolver.ivyStylePatterns)

libraryDependencies += "com.cloudinary" %% "cloudinary-core-scala" % "2.0.0"

If using the Play 2.4 you can add:

"com.cloudinary" %% "cloudinary-scala-play" % "1.2.1"

In your controller inject an instance of CloudinaryResourceBuilder and make sure to declare an implicit reference to the enclosed Cloudinary instance and import preloadedFormatter. For example:

class PhotosController @Inject() (cloudinaryResourceBuilder: CloudinaryResourceBuilder) extends Controller {
  implicit val cld:com.cloudinary.Cloudinary = cloudinaryResourceBuilder.cld
  import cloudinaryResourceBuilder.preloadedFormatter

To use it in a view or to use one of the included view helpers have your Twirl view accept an implicit Cloudinary instance. For example:

@(implicit cld:com.cloudinary.Cloudinary)
<img src="@url("officialchucknorrispage", Set('format -> "png", 'type -> "facebook", 
    'transformation -> Transformation().h_(95).w_(95).c_("thumb").g_("face").e_("sepia").r_(20)./.a_(10)))">

Try it right away

Sign up for a free account so you can try out image transformations and seamless image delivery through CDN.

Note: Replace demo in all the following examples with your Cloudinary's cloud name.

Accessing an uploaded image with the sample public ID through a CDN:


Generating a 150x100 version of the sample image and downloading it through a CDN:,h_100,c_fill/sample.jpg

Sample 150x100

Converting to a 150x100 PNG with rounded corners of 20 pixels:,h_100,c_fill,r_20/sample.png

Sample 150x150 Rounded PNG

For plenty more transformation options, see our image transformations documentation.

Generating a 120x90 thumbnail based on automatic face detection of the Facebook profile picture of Bill Clinton:,g_face,h_90,w_120/billclinton.jpg

Facebook 90x120

For more details, see our documentation for embedding Facebook and Twitter profile pictures.



When using the client library directly

Each request for building a URL of a remote cloud resource must have the cloud_name parameter set. Each request to our secure APIs (e.g., image uploads, eager sprite generation) must have the api_key and api_secret parameters set. See API, URLs and access identifiers for more details.

Setting the cloud_name, api_key and api_secret parameters can be done either directly in each call to a Cloudinary method, by initializing the Cloudinary object, or by using the CLOUDINARY_URL environment variable / system property.

The entry point of the library is the Cloudinary object.

val cloudinary = new Cloudinary()

Here's an example of setting the configuration parameters programatically:

val cloudinary = new Cloudinary(Map(
  "cloud_name" -> "n07t21i7",
  "api_key" -> "123456789012345",
  "api_secret" -> "abcdeghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz12"

Another example of setting the configuration parameters by providing the CLOUDINARY_URL value to the constructor:

val cloudinary = new Cloudinary("cloudinary://123456789012345:abcdeghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz12@n07t21i7")

When using the Play plugin

Add cloudinary block in your application.conf:

cloudinary = {
  cloud_name = n07t21i7
  api_key = 123456789012345
  api_secret = abcdeghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz12

Embedding and transforming images

Any image uploaded to Cloudinary can be transformed and embedded using powerful view helper methods:

The following example generates the url for accessing an uploaded sample image while transforming it to fill a 100x150 rectangle:


Another example, emedding a smaller version of an uploaded image while generating a 90x90 face detection based thumbnail (note the shorter syntax):


You can provide either a Facebook name or a numeric ID of a Facebook profile or a fan page.

Embedding a Facebook profile to match your graphic design is very simple:


Same goes for Twitter:



Assuming you have your Cloudinary configuration parameters defined (cloud_name, api_key, api_secret), uploading to Cloudinary is very simple.

The following example uploads a local JPG to the cloud:


The uploaded image is assigned a randomly generated public ID. The image is immediately available for download through a CDN:


You can also specify your own public ID:

import com.cloudinary.parameters.UploadParameters
import com.cloudinary.Implicits._

                             UploadParameters(publicId = "sample_remote"))


Play Helpers

Import using:

@import cloudinary.views.html.helper._


Returns the URL to Cloudinary encoding transformation and URL options:


@url("sample", Set('transformation -> Transformation().width(100).height(100).crop("fill"), 'format -> "png"))


Additional resources

Additional resources are available at:


You can open an issue through GitHub.

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Released under the MIT license.