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Thursday, March 16, 2006

How to change the Maximum File Upload Size

By default SharePoint allows a maximum file size of 50MB that can be uploaded into any document library. This might be too much as you might not want users downloading 50MB files over your LAN/WAN. To change the maximum file size
1. Goto SharePoint Central Administration > Configure Virtual Server Settings from Virtual Server List Page.
2. Select your server
3. Goto Virtual Server General Settings (in Virtual Server Management)
4. Change the value of the Maximum Upload Size in MB's.

If you increase the file size limit, your site might occassionally time out for users while they are uploading files. To accomodate this increase the default time out property for IIS.

32 Comments:

At 2:35 AM, Blogger Jake said...

This is exactly what I needed; as a new person to SharePoint services, getting around the administrative pages tends to be a daunting task. Thanks for the roadmap!

 
At 8:58 PM, Blogger Sarah Jane said...

I know that sharepoint can take up to a maximum of 50 mb, but can anyone recommend a file size that we could set as a standard for users so that the system will not time out?

Thanks

 
At 6:31 AM, Blogger Ronnie Guha said...

Hi Sarah

This would depend very much on the performance of your servers and network. It might be worthwhile looking at your current shared drives and seeing what is currently being stored on there and making a judgement based on that. Usually a max of 20MB would work quite well.

Regards
Ronnie

 
At 6:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent. Thanks for this info.

 
At 8:05 AM, Anonymous Debra said...

Help!!!! We pay Microsoft to host our Sharepoint site (for now!) and all of a sudden we cannot upload, open, and edit files over 1.5 MG. We've done this in the past, and this has been happening on multiple computers -- many new -- with cleared cashe. Do you have a clue for me?

Thank you!
Debra

 
At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Philippe said...

Hi, I am an accountant in canada (Qu├ębec) and I want to implement an extranet for ours clients. We want the clients to send us files (accounting data base) that are in average of 50 to 100 MEG. We would only deliver them tax return or financial statement (small documents).I was told by a friend that the size of the clients database was too much for sharepoint and that we sould implement a FTP site instead which is less userfriendly for the clients. The server is a Dell power edge 1900, 2 quad core xeon 1,6 mhz processor 4G of RAM 500MG of hard drive. Most of the time there will be one user only at a time but it could be 2 and exceptionnaly 3. Do you think that we could reasonably set a sharepoint solution for our usage. Thank you very much.

 
At 1:44 AM, Blogger Tim Johnson said...

Ronnie...thanks for the site and the quick easy help to change the max file upload size. Tried finding sharepoint documentation first. Then did a quick google search and your solution was 4th in the list and hit it perfect. Thanks again. You are now bookmarked.
Tim - Indianapolis, IN

 
At 2:03 AM, Blogger --David said...

Thanks for the tip, but on my setup, things were not quite where you said. I had to go to Central Admin > Application Management > Web App General Settings

 
At 8:36 AM, Anonymous Ronnie said...

Hi David

Please note that this blog was based on SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Setting in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) will be different.

Regards

Ronnie

 
At 8:52 PM, Anonymous Daisy said...

Im still getting the "http 404" error even after setting the maximum file upload size at the central administration and the maxAllowedContentLength in the web.config file

 
At 2:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I am getting the error on files larger than 28 MB and less than 29 MB even though the max is suppose to be over 200 mb for libraries and 50 mb for list files.

 
At 8:57 PM, Anonymous M.S.Santhakumar said...

Thanks for the tip, but on my setup, things were not quite where you said. I had to go to Central Admin > Application Management > Web App General Settings

 
At 9:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you.
This solved my problem :-)

 
At 7:41 PM, Anonymous Adnan Muzaffar said...

thanks buddy, it resolved my problem.

 
At 7:42 PM, Anonymous Adnan Muzaffar said...

Thanks buddy!
It resolved my problem.

 
At 8:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Word

 
At 4:08 PM, Blogger Jason said...

Thanks author and thanks David for the revision. Exactly what I was looking for.

 
At 6:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am using MOSS2007 also, thanks for the revision.

 
At 3:16 AM, Blogger Ed Gregory said...

How to handle quotas in a very large environment where only a few sites require very large files in libraries?

 
At 3:16 AM, Blogger Ed Gregory said...

How to handle quotas in a very large environment where only a few sites require very large files in libraries?

 
At 4:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks!

 
At 5:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm using WSS 3.0 how do the limit was already set to 100MB but still i get error upon uploading files that is greater than 8mb

 
At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mine is still not working. Do I have to reset IIS after doing the changes in Wed App general settings?

 
At 6:50 AM, Blogger Tarek Mohamed El-Mallah said...

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At 6:52 AM, Blogger Tarek Mohamed El-Mallah said...

if u'r using IIS7 then try below link
http://blogs.inetium.com/blogs/bcaauwe/archive/2008/12/04/large-files-server-2008-404-error.aspx

user : requestLimits maxAllowedContentLength="52428800"

 
At 1:18 PM, Blogger cdizz said...

I tried everything in your article and in others but it still wouldn't work. I had to call MS and they gave me a solution that isn't documented. I posted it on my blog: http://networkadminsecrets.blogspot.com/

 
At 6:35 AM, Blogger Nabeel said...

thank you very much for this info. Exactly what I was looking for.

 
At 6:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am trying to set up an extranet for my accounting firm. Are these insturctions solely for Sharepoint Online? If so how do you get to 'Central Administration'? If not, what can I do to increase my file upload size?

 
At 2:11 AM, Blogger Tag Name: iverson003 said...

Hi all.
Server: 2003
sharepoint 2003

when i try to upload a winword doc, give me an error.

but if I try to upload a simple text file (.txt) it work just fine.

this is uploading up to a document libery. Any sugguest??

 
At 7:38 AM, Blogger Craig said...

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At 7:41 PM, Blogger insomniac said...

Hi Debra,

Working with files higher than 2Gb is an IIS bound limit, so a 1,5Gb is a good limit to upload docs, what kind of docs ar you using?

 
At 7:42 PM, Blogger insomniac said...

Hi Daisy,

the maxAllowedContentLength cannot exceed 2048Mb, and it's recommended to put it lower than that.

 

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