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ChromaDB API Key: The Essential Guide

What is a ChromaDB API Key?

A ChromaDB API key is a unique string of characters that allows you to access ChromaDB's APIs. ChromaDB is a vector database that can be used to store and query vector embeddings. Vector embeddings are numerical representations of data that can be used for a variety of tasks, such as image search, natural language processing, and recommendation systems.

ChromaDB API keys are free to obtain, but they are subject to a variety of restrictions. For example, you are not allowed to use your API key to generate content that is harmful, unsafe, biased, or unfair.

How to Obtain a ChromaDB API Key

To obtain a ChromaDB API key, you must first create a ChromaDB account. Once you have created an account, you can go to your account dashboard and click on the "API Keys" tab. From here, you can click on the "Create New API Key" button to generate a new API key.

How to Use a ChromaDB API Key

To use a ChromaDB API key, you must include it in the HTTP header of all requests to the ChromaDB API. The header should be named "Authorization" and the value should be "Bearer " followed by your API key.

Security Best Practices for ChromaDB API Keys

ChromaDB API keys are sensitive information and should be treated with care. Here are some security best practices for ChromaDB API keys:

  • Store your API key in a secure location, such as a password manager.
  • Do not share your API key with anyone else.
  • Keep your API key secret and do not publish it in any public places.
  • If you believe that your API key has been compromised, immediately change your key and contact ChromaDB support.

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Using ChromaDB API Keys

Here are some common mistakes to avoid when using ChromaDB API keys:

  • Exposing your API key to the public: Do not publish your API key in any public places, such as source code repositories, blog posts, or social media posts.
  • Sharing your API key with others: Do not share your API key with anyone else, even if you trust them.
  • Using your API key for unauthorized purposes: Do not use your API key to generate content that is harmful, unsafe, biased, or unfair.
  • Failing to monitor your API usage: Monitor your API usage regularly to identify any unauthorized activity.


ChromaDB API keys are a powerful tool that can be used to access a powerful vector database. However, it is important to use API keys securely and responsibly. By following the security best practices and avoiding the common mistakes above, you can help to protect your ChromaDB API key and ensure that it is used for its intended purposes.

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