Solving the Nginx - 413 Request Entity Too Large Error

  • 15 May 2024


In the realm of web development, encountering errors is an inevitable part of the journey. One such error that developers often encounter when working with Nginx is the dreaded "413 Request Entity Too Large" error. This error occurs when the client sends a request with a body that exceeds the maximum size limit configured in the Nginx server. But fear not! In this blog post, we'll dive into the depths of Nginx configuration to solve this error and keep your web applications running smoothly.

Understanding the "413 Request Entity Too Large" Error:

Before we delve into the solution, let's understand why this error occurs. When a client sends a request with a body larger than the maximum allowed size, Nginx rejects the request and returns a "413 Request Entity Too Large" error. This commonly happens during file uploads or when submitting large forms.

Solving the Error: Adjusting Nginx Configuration:

To resolve the "413 Request Entity Too Large" error, we need to adjust the Nginx configuration to increase the maximum allowed request size. Follow these steps:

  • Locate the Nginx Configuration File: Identify the Nginx configuration file on your server, typically located at /etc/nginx/nginx.conf or /etc/nginx/sites-available/default.
  • Edit the Configuration File: Open the Nginx configuration file in a text editor.
  • Increase the client_max_body_size Directive: Add or modify the client_max_body_size directive within the http block or specific server block to specify the maximum allowed request size. For example:

http {
    client_max_body_size 20M;

  • Adjust the value (20M in this example) to accommodate your application's requirements.
  • Save the Configuration File: Save your changes and close the text editor.
  • Reload Nginx: Reload Nginx to apply the changes by running:

sudo systemctl reload nginx

Testing the Solution:

Once Nginx has been reloaded with the updated configuration, test your application to ensure that the "413 Request Entity Too Large" error no longer occurs when submitting requests with large bodies. You should now be able to handle larger request payloads seamlessly.


By adjusting the client_max_body_size directive in the Nginx configuration, you can effectively resolve the "413 Request Entity Too Large" error and ensure smooth operation of your web applications. With this newfound knowledge, you can confidently tackle similar challenges that may arise in your web development journey.

Happy Coding!

With the power of Nginx configuration at your fingertips, you're equipped to conquer any obstacle that comes your way. Keep exploring, keep learning, and happy coding!


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