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New Feature: Track Your API Requests


We're excited to announce a new feature that allows you to easily monitor API usage and activity for your Cosmic JS-powered applications.  The new Usage section of your bucket provides an easy way to filter API requests by date and monitor spikes and dips in activity (screenshot below).



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It is our hope that the new API Usage tool will help you and your team be more efficient as you build and host your Cosmic JS-powered applications. Only Admin users of each bucket will have access to the API Usage report within the Dashboard.

To access the API Usage report, navigate to:

Buckets > Your Bucket > Usage > Filter Date Range = API Usage Report


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