Canvas - File Storage and Quotas in Canvas (UW-Madison)

The Files tool in Canvas provides online storage and file sharing for individuals, courses, and groups. In course and group spaces, files uploaded as attachments or assignment submissions are placed in the personal file spaces of the individuals who uploaded them. Individuals also may upload files directly to their personal file spaces.

Storage of files in Canvas is intended only for purposes directly related to course work. For general-purpose storage needs, please consider either Box, Google Drive, or Microsoft OneDrive. For web hosting, please use either a departmental web server if available, or consider requesting a free bronze level account with DoIT web hosting.

    Default storage quotas

    Default storage quotas in Canvas are:

     Courses  Groups  Individuals
     1 GB (1024 MB)  512 MB  512 MB

    To determine how much of your course's storage quota is currently in use, open the Files tool, and in the lower left, look for the "Storage Used" information. More information is available in Instructure's Guide How do I view course files as an instructor? Canvas does have a limit on 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.

    • 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.

    • Graded assignment submissions: Files uploaded for a graded assignment are uploaded to user files but don't count against the user's quota; see Where are my user Files as a student?

    Requesting an increased quota

    Instructors may request an increase to their course quota by e-mailing learnuwsupport@doit.wisc.edu. Please include any relevant information regarding why you need the increased quota. Video and audio files should be hosted in Kaltura MediaSpace

    This document is based on an Indiana University KnowledgeBase document.

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    Keywords:canvas quota quotas course user group file storage user individual files limit size   Doc ID:66526
    Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:UW-Madison Canvas
    Created:2016-08-30 07:49 CSTUpdated:2016-11-03 11:15 CST
    Sites:DoIT Help Desk, Learn@UW Madison, UW-Madison Canvas
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