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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, WordPress and Cloud hosting plans have a set maximum number of inodes, it is important to keep your inode count below the limit.

To check the current inode usage on your account, go to Websites → Manage, search for Resources Usage on the left sidebar and click on it:

The hPanel sidebar showing to select Resources Usage

You will find two charts. The one to the right indicates the current amount of inodes used and the inode limit of your hosting plan:

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

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.

To prevent this from happening, whenever you are using 80% or more of the inodes or disk space limits, the Resource Usage section will show some troubleshooting options:

  1. Reduce inodes - Useful if you are also reaching 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, such as logs, uploads, or images

  3. Increase disk storage for 24 hours - Select this option to temporarily boost your disk storage in case the File Manager is not opening due to the limit being reached. Recommended for advanced users

  4. Consider upgrading the plan - If you have checked and you definitely need all your current files, then you may consider upgrading your hosting plan to increase the inode limit along with all the available resources for your website 🚀

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