Error Condition: HttpException: maxRequestLength exceeded. ASP.NET


While building ASP.NET web applications, we all would have almost certainly used the file upload control. But sometimes, we might encounter an exception message which reads, “System.Web.HttpException: maxRequestLength exceeded”.

The cause of this exception is simple. “maxRequestLength” attribute of the “httpRuntime” tag specifies the maximum size of input files that can be uploaded. By default, the value of this attribute in ASP.NET 4.0 is 4096KB (4 MB).

This value is set in the “machine.config” file which sets the maximum allowable file size for the entire machine as 4MB. This can be easily changed by modifying the “machine.config”. The configuration entry is as follows:

<httpRuntime maxRequestLength=”4096″ />

The size is always mentioned in “Kilo Bytes”. If we want the maximum allowable size of files to be say 25MB, then all we need to do is change the value of “maxRequestLength” attribute to 25600.

<httpRuntime maxRequestLength=”25600″ />

The above line would allow files up to 25MB to be uploaded. If this entry is added in the machine.config file, then all websites in that machine would allow files up to 25MB to be uploaded. If that entry is added in a particular website’s “web.config” file, then only that website would allow files up to 25MB to be uploaded. Other websites would allow only up to 4MB (Default size) files to be uploaded.

Just as an addition, the “machine.config” file is located at “%SystemRoot%\Microsoft.NET\Framework\Version\Config\machine.config”.

“SystemRoot” is the location where Windows is installed. Generally it is “C:\Windows”.

Hope this helps … 🙂


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