File Upload/Download File Size Limits

SharePoint store all the uploaded documents in the database. Having a restriction on the file upload size is always a good idea. You can do this two ways,

1. Give a upload file size limit under general setting of the web application in the central administration.


Upload size setting

2. Modify the metabase.xml file on the IIS server.

a. Before you can edit the metabase.xml file you must tell IIS to allow you to edit the file. In IIS, right click the name of the server and select properties. Check “Enable Direct Metabase Edit”.

IIS File Upload

IIS File Upload

b. Find the metabase.xml file located in C:\windows\sytem32\inetserv and open the file in Notepad.

c. Search for AspMaxRequestEntityAllowed and increase the value. The default value is 204800 (200K). Setting the value to 1000000 will allow 1 MB file uploads.

d. You may now wish to uncheck the IIS property called “Enable Direct Metabase Edit”.

To increase the file download size limit, repeat all steps above but in Step 3 find the parameter called AspBufferingLimit. The default download limit is 4MB.



Diganta Kumar has architected and developed software for more than a decade for a wide range of industries and development platforms and over the years has filled many roles including program manager, founder, developer, architect, team lead, mentor and project manager. Diganta is founder of two online IT businesses. He is a certified AWS Solutions Architect, certified Professional Scrum Master (PSM I), certified Professional Scrum Developer (PSD I) and ITIL Certified. He has presented at Microsoft Tech.Ed, Microsoft AppFest and Ark Group Intranet conference. He attends AWS Seattle Official Events, Seattle AWS Architects-Engineers, and AWS Cloud Commerce user groups. He likes to help, mentor and manage software development teams to improve and produce great software. He currently work as a Senior Technical Program Manager for Amazon Web Services.

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One comment on “File Upload/Download File Size Limits
  1. Kayleen says:

    qlsiBY I’m not easily impressed. . . but that’s impressing me! 🙂

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