The list is too large to save as a template. the size of a template cannot exceed 52428800 bytes.

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 on-premise. The error comes while saving a list as a template in SharePoint.

I was trying to save the SharePoint list as a template with content recently. But it gave an 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. the size of a template cannot exceed 52428800 bytes.
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.

By default, SharePoint on-premise allows the list template or site template to be a maximum of 50MB.

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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 the PowerShell command. The below command will increase the size limit from 50MB to 200MB. The value in the parameter will take in bytes.

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 on-premise version.

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.

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 use PowerShell or STSADM.

I hope this will be helpful in resolving the error; the list is too large to save as a template. the size of a template cannot exceed 52428800 bytes., which comes in SharePoint.

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