My Server Is out of Inodes. How Do I Solve It ?May 6, 2015

In this KB:

  • What are inodes
  • How to free up inodes for popular web apps

Inodes are pointers to files and folders in your server. The number of available inodes on a server depends on the disk size and it is limited.

Due to a number of reasons (typically too many log files, session files …) you can run out of inodes. If this happens no new files/folders can be created and your server will malfunction.

Here we are going to explain how and where you can typically free up inodes (so deleting files and folders) for our most common applications.


For Magento, typically most inodes are used with session files located at public_html/var/sessions in your Magento application folder.

We recommend deleting old (i.e. older than 7 days) files within this folder.

Do not delete all files as this will delete current sessions and will create trouble with your store.


Drupal most common location of a large amount of files is the cache folder in public_html/cache. We recommend clearing it approximately every month (you can create a cron for it).


Like Drupal, Joomla typical location for a large amount of files is public_html/cache that again we recommend to clear on a regular basis (and can be added as a cron too).


Other applications don’t have a clear location where files may pile up. You will have to look around the different folders.

Of course, you can just contact our Live Chat agents or create a ticket and we will help you out the best we can.

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