Introduction

In this article, let's compare the SharePoint 2016 Site Collection limits with other SharePoint versions. 

Boundaries, Thresholds and Supported limits

Before we getting started, you should first know What's the types of Limit?

  • Boundaries: Static limits that cannot be exceeded by design.
  • Thresholds: Configurable limits that can be exceeded to accommodate specific requirements.
  • Supported limits: Configurable limits that have been set by default to a tested value.

Site Collection Limits for SharePoint

The below table lists the recommended guidelines for Site Collection in SharePoint 2016,2013,2010,2007. 

Limits/Version Limit Type SharePoint 2007 SharePoint 2010 SharePoint 2013 SharePoint 2016
Site collection size Supported The max size of the content database. The max size of the content database. The max size of the content database. The max size of the content database.
In general, we strongly recommend limiting the size of site collections to 100 GB. In general, we strongly recommend limiting the size of site collections to 100 GB. In general, we strongly recommend limiting the size of site collections to 100 GB. In general, we strongly recommend limiting the size of site collections to 100 GB.
Site collections per farm Supported x x 750,000 750,000
500,000 Personal Sites plus 250,000 other sites template 500,000 Personal Sites plus 250,000 other sites template
Site collection per web application Supported 150,000 250,000 250,000 250,000
Site collection per content database Supported 50,000 5,000 Max 10,000 Max 10,000 Max
2,000 recommended 2,500 non-Personal site collections and 7,500 Personal Sites, or 10,000 Personal Sites alone Strongly recommend limiting the number of site collections in a content database to 5,000. However, up to 10,000 site collections in a database are supported.
Users in site collection Supported 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000 2,000,000
Groups in site collection Supported x 10,000 10,000 10,000
Web site per site collection Supported 250,000 250,000 250,000 250,000
Device channels per publishing site collection Boundary x x 10 10

  Note
X indicates this information is not mentioned in TechNet.

Conclusion

In this article, we've compared the SharePoint 2016 Site Collection limits with SharePoint 2013 / 2010 / 2007.

Reference

Software boundaries and limits for SharePoint Server.

See also

SharePoint 2016: List and Library Limits compared to previous versions.
SharePoint 2016: Content Database Limits compared to previous versions.
SharePoint 2016: Web Application Limits compared to previous versions.

Credits

Published by M.Qassas at Comparing SharePoint 2016 Site Collection limits with SharePoint 2013 / 2010 / 2007.