Define a unique permission on the document library will raise threshold error

Steel Contributor

We have a document library which have around 400,000 documents and folders, and around 3,000 root folders. the document library inherit its permission from the site. now we tried to define a unique permission for the library but we got threshold error. so any advice how this can be fixed?

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Unfortunately there is not a solution here since you are hitting a SPO limit...if you have the choice, I would recommend to do some restructuration and split the content between more than a document library in the site

@john john This is one of the limitation of SharePoint online.


When a list, library, or folder contains more than 100,000 items, you can't break permissions inheritance on the list, library, or folder. You also can't re-inherit permissions on it. However, you can still break inheritance on the individual items within that list, library, or folder, up to the maximum number of unique permissions in the list or library (see the next section).

SourceItems limit in lists and libraries


For large lists, design to have as few unique permissions as possible and remain below 5,000 in total.

SourceUnique security scopes per list or library


To learn more about other restrictions for viewing large lists, see Manage large lists and libraries in Office 365.

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