What Is An Inode In Web Hosting?

You may be new in web hosting and come across the term inode. What is an inode in web hosting?

An Inode, in layman's term usually equals
  • one file

  • one folder

  • one email

Sometimes, one file may consists of more than one inode because of its large size.

An Inode, in a technical term is short for index node.

In Unix-based file systems, an inode is considered to be a data structure that represents a single file system object.

The inode space is used to “track” the files stored on the hard disk. The inode entries store metadata about each file, directory or object, but only points to these structures rather than storing the data.

Each entry is 128 bytes in size.

Below are some of the Inode Limits imposed by popular web hosting companies.

All of those mentioned below are for the cheapest shared hosting plan.



Namecheap

300,000 inodes for its cheapest plan.

600,000 inodes for its business plan.

Once your hosting account exceeds 150,000, it gets excluded from automatic server backup system.

You can check the number of inodes in your hosting account in Stats section. Under File Usage in Cpanel.



Siteground

150,000 Inodes



Bluehost

50,000 Inodes



Godaddy

250,000 Inodes for linux hosting account

500,000 Inodes for Windows hosting accounts



Hostgator

100,000 Inodes



Fastcomet

450,000 Inodes



Site5

75,000 Inodes



A Small Orange

100,000 Inodes



Arvixe

No Inode Limits



Stable Host

250,000 Inodes

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