Resizing a Linode

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We make it easy to upgrade or downgrade your Linode by changing plans and adding additional resources. If you’re expecting a temporary burst of traffic to your website, or if you’re not using your Linode as much as you thought, you can temporarily or permanently resize your Linode to a different plan.

Resizing a Linode

Linodes can be resized to a smaller or larger plan. A standard plan can also be converted to a high memory plan, or vice versa.

Resizing Your Linode

You can move your Linode from one plan to another by using the resize feature. To complete the resizing process, your Linode will be powered off and migrated to a different host in the same data center. Your data, configuration profiles, and IP addresses will all be moved to the new host. Please note that the migration will take approximately 1 minute for every 3-5 gigabytes of data.

If you’re downgrading your plan, verify that your disks are using less space than the new plan provides. For more information, see our documentation on resizing a disk.

Here’s how to resize your Linode:

  1. Log in to the Linode Manager.
  2. Click the Linodes link in the sidebar.
  3. Select a Linode from the list.
  4. Click the Resize tab. The webpage shown below appears.

    The Linode resize page.

  5. You can automatically resize your primary disk by selecting the Auto Resize Disk checkbox. This option is not available if you are resizing to a smaller plan and have a disk greater in size than the target plan allows. In that case, you must delete resize your disk before selecting a new plan. Additionally, your disks must be of type ext 4,ext 3, or swap.

    Automatically resize your main disk by checking the resize checkbox.

  6. Select a plan and click the Submit button. Your Linode will be powered off and moved to another host. Depending on the size of your Linode, this process can take up to one hour.

  7. (Optional) When the migration completes, check your disk storage allocation meter. If you resized your Linode to a larger plan and the main disk was not automatically resized, you’ll have additional un-used storage to allocate to your disks. You may want to add some of this storage to one of your disks if the internal filesystem on it is running low on free space, or just so you can use it in the future.

    Navigate to your Linode’s Disks/Config tab to view your disk storage allocation meter. Click on the More Options Ellipses link (…) next to the disk you’d like to allocate the extra storage to and select Resize.

    View your disk storage allocator

    The Resize Disk panel will appear. In the Size field, enter a new size in the specified range and click Resize.

    Resize your disk

  8. Once completed, your Linode will still be powered off. Scroll to the top of the page and click on the Offline button and select Power On.

Your Linode has been successfully resized and migrated to the new host.

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