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What Is the Inode Limit, and What Happens When It Is Reached?
What Is the Inode Limit, and What Happens When It Is Reached?

Understanding what are inodes and the inode limit on your hosting plan

Updated over a week ago

An inode (index node) is a data structure that stores important information and attributes about all the files or directories on your hosting. Each file or directory counts as one inode, and since the Web and Cloud hosting plans have a set maximum number of inodes, it is important to keep your inode count below the limit.

For a powerful and flexible hosting alternative with no inode limits, you can consider a KVM VPS plan 🚀

To check the current inode usage on your account, go to Hosting Manage, and you'll land on the Resources Usage view. The chart on the right indicates the current number of inodes and the inode limit of your hosting plan:

The disk and inode usage graphs showing the current inode use and total available

To check the inode count per each directory within your hosting plan, refer here: How to Check the Number of Inodes and Disk Usage per Directory 💡

What Happens if the Inode Limit Is Reached?

Once the inode limit is reached, you will no longer be able to create any additional files or directories, even if there is still available space on the disk. Your website might also stop working properly, and the file manager may show some errors.

Once you reach 80% or more of the inodes or disk space limits, we'll present you with some advice and troubleshooting options in the Resources Usage section 👇

  1. Reduce inodes – it's useful if you are also reaching the disk size quota; unused .log files will be removed automatically without affecting your website

  2. Locate the file(s) causing the issue – use the file manager to locate and delete any unused files, e.g., logs, uploads, or images

  3. Increase disk storage for 24 hours – select this option to temporarily boost your disk storage if you can't access the file manager due to the limit being reached; it's recommended for advanced users

  4. Consider upgrading the plan – if you've already checked and definitely need all your current files, consider upgrading your hosting plan to increase the inode limit along with other resources for your website

Now you know what inodes are and what to do if you've reached their limit on your hosting plan.

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