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Is there a size limit for my index/records?

Algolia limits the size of individual records for performance reasons. If you signed up for your plan online, the maximum record size is as follows:

  • For Standard and Premium plans:
    • 100 KB for any individual record
    • 10 KB average record size across all records
  • For legacy plans:
    • 10 KB for Pro, Starter, or Free accounts
    • 20 KB for Essential and Plus

If you signed up for your plan with an Account Executive, please refer to your service order for your plan’s limits.

We process your JSON data file in the following way:

  1. We turn the file into a string.
  2. We remove extra spaces (spaces that are outside of key/value strings and not syntactically necessary).
  3. We turn it back into a JSON file. The record size limit is based on the size of this final JSON file.

When you try to index records that exceeds your plan’s limit, the API returns the Record is too big error. If you find yourself in this situation, you need to reduce the size of your records.

There are two main ways to decrease record size:

  1. Ask yourself if all of the data inside your record is necessary. If it’s not useful for either searching, faceting, ranking, or display, then it’s safe to remove from your records on Algolia. You can read more about simplifying your record structure.
  2. Split the records into smaller chunks and use Algolia’s distinct feature to only display the best result. You can learn more about how to index long documents.

Finally, make sure to read our documentation on structuring your data.

There are three reasons for this limitation:

  1. It increases latency: big objects with a lot of unnecessary information take a long time to be uploaded/downloaded.
  2. In most cases, having bigger objects is a sign that you’re not using Algolia at its full capacity:
  3. The pricing for legacy (Essential and Plus) is based on your number of records.

If you need to search through bigger objects, and your plan includes our Enterprise add-on, or you wish to upgrade your plan, please contact us at enterprise@algolia.com, and we can increase your limit. However, to ensure the best possible performance, it’s best to structure your data differently.

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