How To Decrease Inode Usage In CPanel?

What is Inode?

An inode is a data structure that contains the information/metadata of a single file created on your cPanel. The number of inodes means the number of files, folders, emails, or anything you have stored on your cPanel. 

What is the Inode limit for Accuwebhosting's Linux Shared Hosting Plans?

We offer a maximum of 250000 inodes for a single cPanel account in Linux shared hosting plans. Check out our Linux Shared Hosting Resource limit page for more details. 

How to Check Inode Usage in cPanel?

You can log in to your cPanel account. On the statistics page, you can find the inode usage. Please refer to How to find Inode usage in cPanel?

How to Decrease Inode Usage in cPanel?

Your website might go down because of reaching the Inode limit. You won't be able to create files/folders or write data to the MySQL database and face an issue in receiving emails. If you are running on the shared hosting service, you have to decrease the Inodes to run your websites/database and emails smoothly on cPanel. Here we have mentioned a few points to reduce your Inode usage. 

(1) Remove Unnecessary Files And Folders

At first, review the files/folders located inside the cPanel file manager. Check if there is any old backup is using the cPanel space. You can first download the backup file/folder to your local system and then remove it from the cPanel. Remove the files created for the testing purpose and also remove the junk files/folders. 

(2) Delete Spam/Old Emails

Emails are one of the most common reasons for reaching the high Inode limit. You can download your emails to your local email client using pop configuration. Once downloaded, remove the older emails from the webmail. It will help you a lot to decrease the Inode usage. Also, remove the junk/spam emails folder to free up the inodes. You can also set up SpamAssassin in cPanel to reduce the incoming junk emails that can utilize the disk space on cPanel.

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(3) Clear the Cache and Temp/Error-log Files 

If you are using CMS inside your cPanel, there could be lots of cache files, increasing the inodes. CMS uses the cache to decrease the response time for applications. You should check your cache folder from time to time to ensure that it contains the least number of cache files.

Your temp and error logs folder may contain older files that don't require any more. You can take the backup of these folders in your local system incase these files require further analysis. After taking the backup, remove the files from the temp/error-log folder.

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