While much of Cloudinary's functionality is focused on images and videos, we also support uploading, managing, and delivering almost any other file type.
We refer to other file types as 'raw' files in our documentation and you can learn more about how to upload and manage raw files in our Upload API documentation.
Using Cloudinary features with raw assets
In general, Cloudinary's transformations features are usable only with assets of type 'image', or 'video' (including audio files), but Cloudinary also has specific support for some operations on raw files.
For example, Cloudinary's Aspose Document Conversion Add-on can create an image preview for some types of documents, and you can deliver both the image and the original document from your account.
Formats limited for delivery on free accounts
Please note, that to reduce the chances of malware or other potentially harmful files being distributed via the Cloudinary service, the following file formats are, by default, blocked for public delivery for free accounts:
- zip, rar, tagz, and other archive formats
If you are on a free plan and need to deliver files in those formats, you can navigate to the Security tab of Settings in the Management Console and select to 'Allow delivery of PDF and ZIP files'. Additionally, these delivery limitations are removed when you upgrade to a paid plan.
Formats limited for delivery on all accounts
There is also a small number of file extensions which are restricted on all Cloudinary for security reasons, and you can learn more about those restrictions here: