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IBM Lotus Domino Designer 8.5
  Versions 8.5 and 8.5.1

Table of Notes and Domino known limits

The following table summarizes the known maximum limits of various IBM® Lotus® Notes® and IBM® Lotus® Domino® features.

Maximum limit

Database size

The maximum OS file size limit -- (up to 64GB)

Text field size

32KB (storage); 32KB displayed in a view's column

Rich text field size

Limited only by available disk space up to 1GB

Response levels in a hierarchical view; number of documents per level

31 levels; 300,000 documents

Characters in names

Database Title: 96 bytes

Filenames: On Windows® and UNIX® platforms minimum of 255 and/or OS limits; on local Macintosh workstation 31

Field names: 32 characters (32 bytes in SBCS, 64 bytes in DBCS)

View names: 63 bytes per level, 127 total including one separator

Form names: 63 bytes per level, 127 total including one separator

Agent names: 63 bytes per level, 127 total including one separator

Fields in a database

~ 3000 (limited to ~ 64K total length for all field names). You can enable the database property "Allow more fields in database" to get up to 22,893 uniquely-named fields in the database.

Columns in a table


Rows in a table


Views in a database

No limit; however, as the number of views increases, the length of time to display other views also increases

Forms in a database

Limited only by database size.

Columns in a view

289 ten-character columns; dependent upon # or characters per column

Documents imported into a view

Documents totaling at least 350K

Cascading views in a database


Margin size (in inches)


Page cropping size (in inches)


Point size to select or print


Documents in a view

Up to the maximum size of the database

Documents that can be exported to tabular text

Limited only by available disk space

Entries in an Access Control List (ACL)

~950 names (ACL size is limited to 32767 bytes)

Roles in an Access Control List

75 Roles

ID password length

63 characters

Authorized users on a multiple password ID

8 users

Outline entries in an outline

~21,000 entries

Length limit for a macro language string literal

2048 bytes

Note Strings in formula language are represented internally in the LMBCS character set, which uses one byte for an ASCII character, but may require up to 4 bytes for some non-ASCII characters.

Notes API objects when using Java


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Last updated: Monday, October 5, 2009