No Space Left on Device Digital Oceans


Cannot find what is filling up disk space /dev/vda1 is 100% full

console over: df -i

/dev/vda1 1305600 1305600 0 100% /

how can i solve?


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Hello all,

It does seem like you don’t have enough space on your Volume. You can check that by typing:

  1. df -h

The output would look something like this:

Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
udev            2.0G     0  2.0G   0% /dev
tmpfs           395M  1.8M  393M   1% /run
/dev/vda1        25G   20G  4.4G  82% /

In my case I am using 20G out of 25GB available for my root partition. Basically, the df command reports the file system disk space usage.

  • Also if you have enough space, make sure to check your Inode usage:
df -i
  • Then depending on the partition which is filling up you could use the following command to find any files that are larger than 500MB for example:
sudo find / -type f -size +500M -exec ls -lh {} \;

Depending on the size of your disk, the command might take a while to complete. You can then go ahead and delete any of the large files that you do not need.

  • If there are no large files maybe there are a lot of small files which are exhausting the available webspace, what you could do is use the du command which estimates the file space usage:
du -h --max-depth=1 /

For example:

root@test-droplet:~$ cd /home/
root@test-droplet:/home$ du -h --max-depth=1
16K ./testuser
28K ./user
16K ./root
1.8G ./user2
5.0G ./test-droplet
7.1G .

Then we can cd into the largest folder and run the command again:

root@test-droplet:/home$ cd test-droplet/
root@test-droplet:/home/test-droplet$ du -h --max-depth=1
76K ./.npm
4.0K ./script
5.0G ./public_html
12K ./.ssh
5.0G .

We would need to do that a few more times until we get to the folder that is using those 5GB.

Note: if you have a database service like MySQL, make sure Not to delete any files manually from the MySQL folder. This would cause issues with your database.

If you are unable to clear any disk space I would recommend upgrading your Droplet.

Lastly, I believe in your case it can be due to high inode usage so do not forget to check the df -i command.

I had the same issue. What I did to solve it was enter in my digital ocean server and remove the old builds generated. Like removing an simple container, like

sudo docker rm id-container OR name 


sudo docker container rm id-container or name

All that inside your server root@your-ip-domain

The first place I’d suggest looking is in /var/log Old log files that have grown huge are often the culprit. Another option that might help you find out what is using up space is ncdu. It will visualize where the space is being used, and you can drill down into each folder.

If you are able to free up some space, you can install it with:

sudo apt-get install ncdu