How to check the number of inodes in my hosting account

An inode is short for index node. In Unix-based file systems, an inode is considered to be a data structure that represents a single file system object. The inode space is used to “track” the files stored on the hard disk. The inode entries store metadata about each file, directory or object, but only points to these structures rather than storing the data. Each entry is 128 bytes in size. 

In simple words each inode usually equals one file, folder, email or any other unix object in a file system. However one file can take more than just one inode sometimes due to it’s huge size.

We have an inodes limit set on our shared servers, in order to improve their HDD performance. As described in our Acceptable Use Policy, the limit is as follows:

Shared servers (Value/Professional/Ultimate plans) – 300,000
Business shared servers (Business Plan) – 600,000

In case the above limits are hit, your account, website, email service will be affected. Emails might not be delivered and sent. New files might not be uploaded, and overall account performance might get unstable.

Also, please be aware that once your hosting account has exceeded 150,000, it gets excluded from the list of the accounts that are automatically backed up by our system. Therefore in case you would like your account to be automatically backed up by us, you should keep your account inodes number below the aforementioned limit.

You can easily track and check the number of inodes used in your hosting account from cPanel interface, as shown on the picture below.



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