Diff limits administration

You can set a maximum size for display of diff files (patches).

For details about diff files, view changes between files. Read more about the built-in limits for merge requests and diffs.

Configure diff limits

These settings are experimental. An increased maximum increases resource consumption of your instance. Keep this in mind when adjusting the maximum.

To speed the loading time of merge request views and branch comparison views on your instance, you can configure three instance-level maximum values for diffs:

Value Definition Default value Maximum value
Maximum diff patch size The total size, in bytes, of the entire diff. 200 KB 500 KB
Maximum diff files The total number of files changed in a diff. 1000 3000
Maximum diff lines The total number of lines changed in a diff. 50,000 100,000

When a diff reaches 10% of any of these values, the files are shown in a collapsed view, with a link to expand the diff. Diffs that exceed any of the set values are presented as Too large are cannot be expanded in the UI.

To configure these values:

  1. On the top bar, select Menu > Admin.
  2. On the left sidebar, select Settings > General.
  3. Expand Diff limits.
  4. Enter a value for the diff limit.
  5. Select Save changes.