This means you've sent enough Token requests within the last second to surpass your limit or to be warned about your usage.  Token requests are made by clients requesting tokens using signed token requests.

There are two types of token requests limit you can hit:

  • tokenRequests.maxRate.warning - when you reach 50% of your pre-paid quota.
  • tokenRequests.maxRate.hard - when the hard limit on the account has been exceeded. Token requests will now be suppressed until the second is over.

If you need the ability to send more Token requests, we recommend you upgrade your account by increasing your monthly message quota from which Token request limits derive (see our limit calculator).

How are instantaneous rate limits implemented?

An instantaneous rate limit is calculated based on the current rate of the operation per second.  For example, a self-service packages can publish at most 100 messages per second to their Ably Reactor queues; if you exceed this, messages above that point will be suppressed. This is done on a rolling probabilistic basis; for example, if you have a queue rule that attempts to publish 200 messages per second to a queue, each one will have a 50% chance of being rejected, with the suppression probability being continuously updated based on the current attempted publish rate.