It's 2021. Why does ScrapeShield not support .webp yet?

.webp has become an extremely common image format on the web due to its good balance of file size and quality.

Strangely though, Cloudflare’s ScrapeShield feature still doesn’t support it. It only supports gif, ico, jpg, jpeg, and png, and there doesn’t seem to be any option to customize that list. Blocking .jpg and .png alone won’t do any good if the .webp images can still be hotlinked.

I’m not aware of any technical differences that would prevent .webp from being included in this list. It seems like a case where the filetype list was made years ago (2012) and then never updated.

I found a few random threads about this from years ago, but none of them were ever acted on. Can we please have .webp support now?

I assume that you are talking about Hotlink Protection?

Scrape Shield Hotlink Protection, yes.

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Thanks for pointing this out.

@cloonan do you have any insights about this?

Anyway, there’s a workaround that I can think of:

Create a new firewall rule that looks like this:

And then regarding this question:

You can do something like this:

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