Uploading big files > 512MB¶
The default maximum file size for uploads is 512MB. You can increase this limit up to what your filesystem and operating system allows. There are certain hard limits that cannot be exceeded:
- < 2GB on 32Bit OS-architecture
- < 2GB with IE6 - IE8
- < 4GB with IE9 - IE11
64-bit filesystems have much higher limits; consult the documentation for your filesystem.
The Nextcloud sync client is not affected by these upload limits as it is uploading files in smaller chunks.
- Make sure that the latest version of PHP is installed
- Disable user quotas, which makes them unlimited
- Your temp file or partition has to be big enough to hold multiple parallel uploads from multiple users; e.g. if the max upload size is 10GB and the average number of users uploading at the same time is 100: temp space has to hold at least 10x100 GB
Configuring your Web server¶
Nextcloud comes with its own
nextcloud/.htaccess file. Because
can’t read PHP settings in
.htaccess these settings must be set in the
Set the following two parameters inside the corresponding php.ini file (see the Loaded Configuration File section of PHP version and information to find your relevant php.ini files)
php_value upload_max_filesize 16G php_value post_max_size 16G
Adjust these values for your needs. If you see PHP timeouts in your logfiles, increase the timeout values, which are in seconds:
php_value max_input_time 3600 php_value max_execution_time 3600
Apache module could also stop large uploads from completing. If you’re using this
module and getting failed uploads of large files either disable it in your Apache
config or raise the configured
There are also several other configuration options in your Web server config which could prevent the upload of larger files. Please see the manual of your Web server for how to configure those values correctly:
Apache with mod_fcgid¶
If you are using Apache/2.4 with mod_fcgid, as of February/March 2016,
FcgidMaxRequestInMem still needs to be significantly increased from its default value
to avoid the occurrence of segmentation faults when uploading big files. This is not a regular
setting but serves as a workaround for Apache with mod_fcgid bug #51747.
FcgidMaxRequestInMem significantly higher than normal may no longer be
necessary, once bug #51747 is fixed.
Since nginx 1.7.11 a new config option fastcgi_request_buffering
is availabe. Setting this option to
fastcgi_request_buffering off; in your nginx config
might help with timeouts during the upload. Furthermore it helps if you’re running out of
disc space on the tmp partition of your system.
Make sure that
client_body_temp_path points to a partition with
adequate space for your upload file size, and on the same partition as
tempdirectory (see below). For optimal
performance, place these on a separate hard drive that is dedicated to
swap and temp storage.
If your site is behind a nginx frontend (for example a loadbalancer):
By default, downloads will be limited to 1GB due to
proxy_max_temp_file_size on the frontend.
If you don’t want to use the Nextcloud
.user.ini file, you may
configure PHP instead. Make sure to comment out any lines
pertaining to upload size, if you entered any.
If you are running Nextcloud on a 32-bit system, any
php.ini file needs to be commented out.
Set the following two parameters inside
php.ini, using your own desired
file size values:
upload_max_filesize = 16G post_max_size = 16G
Tell PHP which temp directory you want it to use:
upload_tmp_dir = /var/big_temp_file/
Output Buffering must be turned off in
php.ini, or PHP
will return memory-related errors:
output_buffering = 0
As an alternative to the
upload_tmp_dir of PHP (e.g. if you don’t have access to your
php.ini) you can also configure a temporary location for uploaded files by using the
tempdirectory setting in your
config.php (See Configuration Parameters).
If you have configured the
session_lifetime setting in your
(See Configuration Parameters) file then
make sure it is not too
low. This setting needs to be configured to at least the time (in seconds) that
the longest upload will take. If unsure remove this completely from your
configuration to reset it to the default shown in the
Configuring upload limits within the GUI¶
If all prerequisites described in this documentation are in place an admin can change the
upload limits on demand by using the
File handling input box within the administrative
backend of Nextcloud.
Depending on your environment you might get an insufficient permissions message shown for this input box.
To be able to use this input box you need to make sure that:
- your Web server is able to use the
.htaccessfile shipped by Nextcloud (Apache only)
- the user your Web server is running as has write permissions to the files