Maximum filename length in NTFS (Windows XP and Windows Vista)


I'm designing a database table which will hold filenames of uploaded files. What is the maximum length of a filename in NTFS as used by Windows XP or Vista?

Best Answer

Individual components of a filename (i.e. each subdirectory along the path, and the final filename) are limited to 255 characters, and the total path length is limited to approximately 32,000 characters.

However, on Windows, you can't exceed MAX_PATH value (259 characters for files, 248 for folders). See for full details.