The list is too large to save as a template. The size of a template cannot exceed 10485760 bytes in SharePoint

The list is too large to save as a template. The size of a template cannot exceed 10485760 bytes in SharePoint

Recently while working on a MOSS 2007 to SharePoint 2013 migration project, we wanted to save a MOSS 2007 list as a template. When we tried to Save a list as a template it gave an error which says: The list is too large to save as a template. The size of a template cannot exceed 10485760 bytes.


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The error comes because Microsoft allows because of the Size of the SharePoint list.

MOSS 2007: the list is too large to save as a template

In MOSS 2007, max size allowed is 10MB. We can increase by using a stsadm command like below:

stsadm -o setproperty -propertyname max-template-document-size -propertyvalue 52428800

The command will increase the limit to 50MB.

SharePoint 2013: the list is too large to save as a template

By default, it is 50MB in SharePoint 2010 or SharePoint 2013. So if it increased the limit then it will give an error like below:

The list is too large to save as a template. The size of a template cannot exceed 10485760 bytes in SharePoint
The list is too large to save as a template. The size of a template cannot exceed 10485760 bytes in SharePoint

You can also use PowerShell SharePoint command to increase the limit like below:

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.Powershell

$webservice = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWebService]::ContentService

Write-Host “Size: ” $webservice.MaxTemplateDocumentSize

$webservice.MaxTemplateDocumentSize = 262144000 #250 MB

$webservice.Update()

the list is too large to save as a template SharePoint online:


In SharePoint Online we can not increase the limit, So you have to remove the content to save the list as a template.

You may like following SharePoint list tutorials:

Hope this will be helpful to solve error The list is too large to save as a template. The size of a template cannot exceed 10485760 bytes in SharePoint 2013/2016/Online.

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About Bijay Kumar

I am Bijay from Odisha, India. Currently working in my own venture TSInfo Technologies in Bangalore, India. I am Microsoft Office Servers and Services (SharePoint) MVP (5 times). I works in SharePoint 2016/2013/2010, SharePoint Online Office 365 etc. Check out My MVP Profile.. I also run popular SharePoint web site SharePointSky.com

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