The list is too large to save as a template. The size of a template cannot exceed 52428800 bytes error in SharePoint Online/2016/2013

This SharePoint tutorial explains, how to solve “the list is too large to save as a template. the size of a template cannot exceed 52428800 bytes” in SharePoint Online or SharePoint 2016/2013/2010. The error comes while saving a list as a template in SharePoint.

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Recently I was trying to save the SharePoint list as a template with content. But it gave error as Sorry, something went wrong. The list is too large to save as a template. The size of a template cannot exceed 52428800 bytes.

The full error message looks like below:

the list is too large to save as a template sharepoint online
the list is too large to save as a template sharepoint online

The solution will work for any issues below:

  • the list is too large to save as a template
  • SharePoint the list is too large to save as a template
  • increase template size limit SharePoint online
  • increase maximum size of list template SharePoint 2013
  • the list is too large to save as a template SharePoint 2013
  • the list is too large to save as a template SharePoint online
  • the list is too large to save as a template the size of a template cannot exceed 524288000 bytes
  • the list is too large to save as a template. the size of a template cannot exceed 52428800 bytes.

The list is too large to save as a template. the size of a template cannot exceed 52428800 bytes (SharePoint 2013/2016)

By default SharePoint 2013/2016, allows the list template or site template can be maximum of 50MB.

So if your list size is more than 50MB, then the above error will come. In SharePoint on-premises like SharePoint 2016/2013, we can change the Size from 50MB to more than that.

We can increase it using the stsadm command as well as by using PowerShell command. The below command will increase the size limit from 50MB to 200MB. The value in the parameter will take in bytes.

Increase List Template Size using STSADM

Below is the STSADM command to increase the SharePoint list template size in SharePoint 2013/2016.

stsadm -o setproperty -propertyname max-template-document-size -propertyvalue 209715200

Increase List Template Size using PowerShell

Below is the PowerShell command to increase the SharePoint list template size in SharePoint 2013/2016.

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.Powershell
 $webservice = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWebService]::ContentService
 $webservice.MaxTemplateDocumentSize = 209715200
 $webservice.Update()

The above cmdlets will increase the limit for both list template size as well as site template size. This way we increase the maximum size of the list templates in SharePoint 2010/2013/2016.

the list is too large to save as a template the size of a template cannot exceed 52428800 bytes (SharePoint Online)

In SharePoint Online, we can not change the list template size. If you got this error then you need to make sure whether you want to take the full content or not. Or you can take save the list as a template without content. Or you can remove a few items or documents from the list or document library to make it less than 50MB.

You may like following SharePoint list tutorials:

Conclusion

We can not increase the list template size in SharePoint Online. But if you are trying to increase the list template size in SharePoint 2016/2013/2010, we can do using PowerShell or STSADM.

Hope this will be helpful to resolve the error, the list is too large to save as a template the size of a template cannot exceed 52428800 bytes which come in SharePoint Online or SharePoint 2016/2013.

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