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Canvas - File Storage Limits
The University of Wisconsin System (except for UW Madison) users most frequently run into three types of file storage limits in Canvas: course storage limits, individual user storage limits, and ePortfolio storage limits. The "Files" tool in Canvas provides online storage and file sharing for individuals, courses, and groups. Storage of files in Canvas is intended only for purposes directly related to course work.
Course File Storage Limits
Each Canvas course site has a 1GB storage limit for course-associated files uploaded by the instructor.
Determine Course Usage
To determine how much of your course's storage quota is currently in use, while in the course open the Files tool in course navigation. In the lower left, look for the percent used information. You may have to scroll down to see it.
More information is available in the Instructure document How do I view course files as an instructor? Canvas does have a limit on individual file size - files should be kept to 500 MB or less.
Exceptions to Quotas
Not all files in Canvas count against your course's storage quota:
- Copied files: When you copy a file in Canvas, or upload a copy of an existing Canvas file, Canvas stores only one instance of that file. Only the original file counts against your course's storage quota; copies don't count affect your course's quota. For example, if you copy several files from one course to a new course, the storage quota for the new course will not be affected, regardless of how many files you copied.
- Kaltura recordings are stored outside of Canvas. Kaltura is accessed via Account > My Media in Canvas.
- Webcam recordings created in Canvas: Webcam recordings and media comments created directly in Canvas are stored on a separate media server and do not count toward your course's storage quota.
Reducing Course Storage Demands
Instructors who are approaching their course quota are encouraged host files and media in other cloud based solutions. Video and audio files can be saved in Kaltura MediaSpace. Documents can be stored in OneDrive in the Office 365 suite or in Google Drive.