What’s the difference between maxRequestLength and maxAllowedContentLength

I don’t pay too much attention to what’s in the web.config so I always learn something when someone asks me how/why something works in the web.config.

When you see maxRequestLength (in system.web) and maxAllowedContentLength (in system.webServer) you ask why are 2 different attributes on length allowed.

They do serve different purposes.

maxRequestLength sets the max file upload size supported by ASP.NET.  The default size is 4096 KILOBYTES (4 MB).

maxAllowedContentLength sets the max length of content in a request supported by IIS. The default size is 30000000 BYTES (~28.6 MB).


Now why do you care about these settings.  If you are trying to upload large files (like images or documents) you need to be aware that you may need to adjust your maxRequestLength.  Then if files are really big you may need to adjust the maxAllowedContentLength.

What setting is the smallest takes precedence.




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