Getting hit with 429: "Slow Down" Error

Hey guys, I’ve been hit with the 429 error where the error message is “slow down”.
I checked everything and I seem to be well within the rate limits for this.

This seems to be happening primarily for the text-embedding-ada API. Anyone knows what this could be about?


Same issue. I am not even making many requests. What can be done?

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same issue too, I face the same issue even I create a new account, it seem OpenAI block my IP or something.

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I think that it’s something to do with the outage that happened yesterday. Can’t be sure though.

Hoping to get a more clear answer, since I’m unsure if I should action something or not.


Yeah, it might be because of the current outage. OpenAI claims that “We are dealing with periodic outages due to an abnormal traffic pattern reflective of a DDoS attack. We are continuing work to mitigate this.”

Check back at

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Could it be the outages? I have the same issue when testing locally while the deployed one works well most time. Wondering when it will be retrieved…

open ai notified that all issues have been resolved but i am still getting error messages ‘slow down’ using the api. Am I missing anything?


We’re also still getting the ‘slow down’ error after 1pm.

We are getting immediate 429s for all our requests, to all models, even including ada for embeddings. We have plenty of quota, implement retries, exponential backoff, etc. Everything was working well before the outage. Whatever was put in place to remedy the outage is blocking every request and our production service is down.

Hey everyone! First off, sorry for the trouble here. This was due to mitigations we put in place to stabilize the platform after we saw an abnormal increase in traffic indicative of a DDoS.

We just rolled out some adjustments that should fix this for you! Let me know if you’re still running into any troubles, and apologies again—grateful for you using OpenAI and for letting us know about this.


Thanks! Will you publish a post mortem on the attack and this issue?

Good afternoon,
I am still seeing this ‘slow down’ error when trying to complete my Coursera API training. Is this still going on?

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Yes. I still have the same issue too.
Trying to use an draw-ai-ui and still have error message as Error from open ai: “slow down”

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the same thing happens to me: Error from open ai: “slow down”

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I’m trying to write a JavaScript function that uses the ‘fetch’ method to create and delete an Assistant. I keep getting the error { error: ‘slow down’ }. Do you have any suggestions?

Still seeing this issue on my end. Code to reproduce:

import path from "path";
import OpenAI from "openai";

const openai = new OpenAI();

const speechFile = path.resolve("./speech.mp3");

async function main() {
    const options = {
        method: 'POST',
        headers: {
            'Content-Type': 'application/json',
        body: JSON.stringify({
            payload: JSON.stringify({
                model: "tts-1",
                voice: "alloy",
                input: "Today is a wonderful day to build something people love!",
    const response = await fetch('', options);
    const json = await response.json();
    console.log(json) // { error: 'slow down' }

I needed to add the “Authorization” header. So essentially what should have been a 401 unauthorized because a 429 “slow down”. This should probably be fixed to be clearer