Service Limits

This topic describes the service limits for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and the process for requesting a service limit increase.

About Service Limits and Usage

When you sign up for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, a set of service limits is configured for your tenancy. The service limit is the quota or allowance set on a resource. For example, your tenancy is allowed a maximum number of compute instances per availability domain. These limits are generally established with your Oracle sales representative when you purchase Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. If you did not establish limits with your Oracle sales representative, or, if you signed up through the Oracle Store, default or trial limits are set for your tenancy. These limits may be increased for you automatically based on your Oracle Cloud Infrastructure resource usage and account standing. You can also request a service limit increase.

Compartment Quotas

Compartment quotas are similar to service limits; the biggest difference is that service limits are set by Oracle, and compartment quotas are set by administrators, using policies that allow them to allocate resources with a high level of flexibility. Compartment quotas are set using policy statements written in a simple declarative language that is similar to the IAM policy language.

To learn more, see Compartment Quotas.

Viewing Your Service Limits, Quotas, and Usage

You can view your tenancy's limits, quotas, and usage in the Console. Be aware that:

  • The Console might not yet display limits and usage information for all of the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services or resources.
  • The usage level listed for a given resource type could be greater than the limit if the limit was reduced after the resources were created.
  • If all the resource limits are listed as 0, this means your account has been suspended. For help, contact Oracle Support.

If you don't yet have a tenancy or a user login for the Console, or if you don't find a particular limit listed in the Console, see Limits by Service for the default tenancy limits.

Service Limits API Policy

For the resource availability API (usage) the policy can be at the tenant or compartment level:

Allow group LimitsAndUsageViewers to read resource-availability in tenancy
Allow group LimitsAndUsageViewers to read resource-availability in compartment A

For limit definitions, services, and values APIs (only at the tenant level):

Allow group LimitsAndUsageViewers to inspect resource-availability in tenancy

For limit values APIs (does not include definitions or services), the following policy is also supported:

Allow group LimitsAndUsageViewers to inspect limits in tenancy
To view your tenancy's limits and usage (by region)

When You Reach a Service Limit

When you reach the service limit for a resource, you receive an error when you try to create a new resource of that type. You are then prompted to submit a request to increase your limit. You cannot create a new resource until you are granted an increase to your service limit or you terminate an existing resource. Note that service limits apply to a specific scope, and when the service limit in one scope is reached you may still have resources available to you in other scopes (for example, other availability domains).

Requesting a Service Limit Increase


Government Cloud customers can't use the procedure here to request a service limit increase. Instead, see Requesting a Service Limit Increase for Government Cloud Tenancies.

You can submit a request to increase your service limits from within the Console. If you try to create a resource for which limit has been met, you'll be prompted to submit a limit increase request. Additionally, you can launch the request from the service limits page or at any time by clicking the link under the Help menu (Help menu icon).

This procedure applies to requests for service limit increases. For details about the subscribed region limit and how to request an increase to that limit, see Subscribed Region Limits.

To request a service limit increase

Limits by Service

Click a service name to view the default limits. Note the scope that each limit applies to (for example, per availability domain, per region, per tenant, etc.).


Some services have additional limits. For more information, see the overview of each service.

Analytics Cloud Limits
API Gateway Limits
Application Migration Limits
Big Data Limits
Block Volume Limits
Cloud Shell Limits
Compute Limits
Container Engine for Kubernetes Limits
Data Catalog Limits
Data Flow Limits
Data Integration Limits
Data Safe Limits
Data Science Limits
Data Transfer Limits
Database Limits
Digital Assistant Limits
DNS Limits
Email Delivery Limits
Events Limits
File Storage Limits
Functions Limits
Health Checks Limits
IAM Limits
Integration Limits
Load Balancing Limits
Monitoring Limits
MySQL Database Limits
Networking Limits
NoSQL Database Cloud Limits
Notifications Limits
Object Storage and Archive Storage Limits
Registry Limits
Resource Manager Limits
Traffic Management Steering Policies Limits
Vault Limits
VMware Solution Limits
WAF Limits