Error "Maximum request length exceeded" in ASP.NET MVC

When I am trying to upload a pdf file(10 MB) using javascript file upload in my ASP.NET MVC application, I am getting this error as below

Maximum request length exceeded

Here is the image of the error


How can I resolve it?

Asked by:- Vinnu
: 6408 At:- 6/4/2018 8:11:37 AM
C# File upload ASP.NET MVC

1 Answers
profileImage Answered by:- Sam

You are getting this error because maximum length to upload a file is 4MB by default in ASP.NET MVC, so either you upload file's below 4MB(prompt user to upload files below 4 MB) or if you want to remove the size limit constraint, you can set it in your Web.Config file like below

        <httpRuntime maxRequestLength="100000" />

the above code will increase your upload file size limit upto 100MB, for IIS 7 and above you can use the code as below

         <requestLimits maxAllowedContentLength="100000000" />

similar this will increase size limit to 100MB in IIS7 & above

Note: maxAllowedContentLength is measured in bytes while maxRequestLength is measured in kilobyte

OR as I have explained above if you want to limit file size to 4MB only but want to handle this exception then you can write this C# code in you Global.asax file

private void Application_Error(object sender, EventArgs e)
    var ex = Server.GetLastError();
    var httpException = ex as HttpException ?? ex.InnerException as HttpException;
    if(httpException == null) return;

    if(httpException.WebEventCode == WebEventCodes.RuntimeErrorPostTooLarge)
        //handle the error
        Response.Write("Too big a file, can't upload"); //error

Works for ASP.NET 4.0 and above.

From this article


  • This problem occurs because the default value for the maxRequestLength parameter in the <httpRuntime> section of the Machine.config file is 4096 (4 megabytes). As a result, files that are larger than this value are not uploaded by default.


  • In the Machine.config file, change the maxRequestLength attribute of the <httpRuntime>configuration section to a larger value. This change affects the whole computer.
  • In the Web.config file, override the value of maxRequestLength for the application. For example, the following entry in Web.config allows files that are less than or equal to 8 megabytes (MB) to be uploaded:
    <httpRuntime maxRequestLength="8192" />
At:- 6/4/2018 11:29:28 AM
Excellent answer with full details, thank you so much :) 0
By : Vinnu - at :- 6/6/2018 3:34:09 PM

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