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How do I temporarily pause Cloudflare?

Last modified: March 16, 2021
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How Do I Temporarily Pause Cloudflare?

You can temporarily pause Cloudflare by: 

  1. Going to the Overview tab in the Cloudflare dashboard.
  2. At the bottom right of this page there is a link under Advanced Actions.
  3. Click Pause Cloudflare on Site.

Pausing Cloudflare will cause your origin IP address to be returned by Cloudflare’s nameservers. Sending traffic directly to it rather than through Cloudflare’s reverse proxy. No Cloudflare services such as SSL or WAF will be enable on that domain or subdomains while the site is pause. An alternative to pausing Cloudflare would be to use Development Mode. Which will only bypass Cloudflare’s cache, but still provide other services such as SSL.

We do not recommend changing away your name servers as that can have a delay of several hours. Whereas pausing Cloudflare takes 5 minutes or less to temporarily resolve whatever issue you may be having.

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