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Discord Member & Server Limits Explained

By Matthew Vultaggio

February 8, 2022

If you want to know all of the limits that Discord has for servers and members, I’ve looked them all up and put them here for you in this article.

Every new Discord server has a member limit of 250,000. However, it is possible for the server owner to submit a Server Member Cap Increase request as a server gets close to that limit to allow for more than 250,000 members.

Servers that have 5,000 members online at a single time may find their users are running into “Server Unavailable” errors and may also need to contact Discord to upgrade their server.

In addition to this, Discord has several different limits that you should know about whether you’re a server owner or just a Discord user.

To learn about all of the different Discord server limits as well as why Discord has these limits in the first place, simply keep on reading, my friend. 🙂

All Discord Server Limits Explained

Discord has built its own internal infrastructure to host its text, voice, and video servers. These servers are located in 13 different regions around the world and are hosted in over 30 data centers.

Discord has several different server limits for its users because each online Discord server is hosted by a physical hardware server that can be located anywhere from New York City to South Africa.

Because the physical hardware servers have limitations and cost money to keep up and maintain, Discord has to impose different server limits to make sure that each Discord user has a good experience with minimal downtime or glitches.

At the time of writing this, here are all of the Discord server limits:

TypeLimit
Member Limit For New Servers250,000
Server Limit For Free Discord Users100
Server Limit For Discord Nitro Subscribers200
Online Member Limit For New Servers5,000
Discord Server Category Limit50
Discord Server Channel Limit500
Discord Server Roles Limit250
Discord Server Standard Emoji Limit50
Discord Server Animated Emoji Limit50
All Discord Server Limits

Discord Member Limit For Servers

Every new Discord server has a member limit of 250,000. However, it is possible for the server owner to submit a Server Member Cap Increase request as a server gets close to that limit to allow for more than 250,000 members.

Discord Server Limit For Users

Discord users are allowed to join up to 100 servers for free and up to 200 servers if they sign up for Discord Nitro.

Online Discord Member Limit For Servers

New Discord servers have an online member limit of 5,000. Servers that have 5,000 members online at a single time may find their users are running into “Server Unavailable” errors and may need to contact Discord to upgrade their server.

Discord Server Category Limit

New Discord servers are able to have a total of 50 different categories.

Discord Server Channel Limit

New Discord servers are able to have a total of 500 channels inside of their server. Both text and voice channels count towards the 500 channel total.

Discord Server Roles Limit

New Discord servers are able to have a total of 250 roles set up in their server.

Discord Server Emoji Limit

New Discord servers are able to have a total of 50 standard emoji and 50 animated emoji.

Discord Server Cap Increases For Server Owners

Once a Discord server is within 10,000 members of the 250,000 member limit, it is possible for the server owner to put in a request for a server cap increase.

This can be done by selecting the ‘Server Member Cap Increase Request’ when submitting a request on Discord’s Help & Support page at support.discord.com

After submitting a server cap increase request, someone from Discord will review your request and decide if your server qualifies for an increase.

In order to qualify for a server cap increase, your server must:

  • Be within 10,000 members of needing an increase
  • Have a new member retention rate of 10% or more
  • Have rules, guidelines, and active moderators
  • Make sure that NSFW channels are properly gated (if applicable)
  • Have no ongoing trust and safety issues, unresolved warnings, or frequent reports

At the end of the day, the decision to upgrade your server or not will be up to Discord, so make sure you do qualify before submitting your request and be nice. 🙂

After successfully getting your member limit raised, you may need to repeat this process as your community continues to grow over time.

At the time of writing this, the highest server cap that Discord has ever given a server is the Snowsgiving server that had its member limit raised to 1,000,000:

Discord Memberships & Subscriptions Explained

The best way to make money from a Discord server as an artist or creator is to offer paid membership roles and subscriptions through bots, integrations, or Discord’s Premium Memberships.

One of the simplest ways to monetize a Discord server is to integrate it with a paid membership program that you already have set up as there are direct integrations available for things like Patreon, Twitch, and YouTube Channel Memberships.

In addition to this, it is possible to use 3rd party membership and subscription tools, like LaunchPass and Upgrade.Chat, to monetize a Discord server by assigning and removing Discord roles based on what subscription the user is paying for.

Lastly, as a direct response to membership and subscription bots and integrations with 3rd party membership platforms, Discord has introduced their very own Premium Memberships feature.

To learn more about how you can monetize your Discord server or use Discord to add community to your paid membership program, check out this article on Discord Memberships & Subscriptions. 🙂

The Best Discord Servers For Music Artists, Musicians & Creators

If you are an artist that creates music, a musician, or a music producer looking for a community of like-minded people to connect with, I’ve looked up some awesome Discord servers you may want to consider joining.

To check out the list, head over to this article called The Best Discord Servers For Music Artists, Musicians & Creators.

I’ve personally joined each of the Discord servers listed here and will make sure to update this list as I find other (or better) Discord servers that you should know about. 🙂

Some of my favorite music marketing tools

Thank you for reading this article, my friend, and I hope you found it helpful as you build your own successful career in music. 🙂

Here is a list of my favorite and most recommended tools and resources that I’ve personally used to get my music streamed over 4,000,000 times on Spotify as an artist.

Any of the paid services or tools listed here are most likely affiliate links, so if you do decide to use any of them, I’ll earn a small commission.

But in all honesty, these are the exact tools that I personally use, love, and recommend to anyone – including my own friends and family.

Music Distribution

To get your music on Spotify on all the other streaming services, I use DistroKid because you get unlimited song uploads for a low annual price.

If you want to learn more about DistroKid and music distribution, check out the in-depth DistroKid review that I’ve put together.

Or, if you want to get started with DistroKid right now, you can save on your first year with the DistroKid discount.

Facebook Ads For Spotify Success

Although Facebook Ads can be a real pain to get working properly, there is no denying that they are incredible for growing Spotify streams and getting your music in front of real fans.

This is why I’ve put together a completely free course that you can check out called Facebook Ads For Musicians’ Spotify Streams. 🙂

Music Publishing Royalties Collection

For collecting all of the publishing, mechanical, and live performance royalties owed to me whenever my music gets streamed or played, my go-to is Songtrust.

Songtrust is a publishing administration company which means that in addition to collecting all of those royalties for me, they do it on a global level.

To learn if Songtrust is right for you, I’d recommend checking out this article on Songtrust vs BMI.

And if you want to get started with Songtrust right now, I’d recommend learning about the Songtrust discount code so that you can get the best price. 🙂

Website & Smart Links

I’m personally not a big fan of the link-in-bio and smart links for music pages like ToneDen and Hyppeddit.

Instead, I prefer having a full-blown WordPress website that allows me to have a full website in addition to unlimited music links.

For getting started with this, I really like Bluehost because it is the cheapest and a theme called Thrive Themes because it is the most flexible and easiest to use.

I’ve actually created a free Smart Links Course that you can take to learn how to get set up and start getting more streams with custom smart links (I’ve even included the templates I am using!).

Want more tools and resources for your music career?

If you’d like to see even more of my favorite marketing tools and resources for musicians and music artists, I’ve created an even larger list on this page: Best Marketing Tools & Resources For Musicians (& Music Artists).

P.S. There are even some free tools and resources included on that page as well! 🙂

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