Drupal IMCE very slow on uploading images - here is how to fix

Updated: 10 March, 2016 seen 737

It has been about a year, since I noticed IMCE upload is damn slow when uploading images for my photo stories or just any other articles. For a very long time I was convinced that it's some cdn or JavaScript incompatibility (because sometimes, just sometimes IMCE upload worked just fine)

It was until today, when it started to take more than one minute to properly load that modal window of IMCE upload.

IMCE upload window

IMCE upload window

I quickly realized, IMCE folder was using about 1GB of memory (default upload folder -/sites/default/files) which stored more than 7,000 images - each time IMCE had to do a check up on all those files. I decided to look on IMCE settings, can I change default upload folder and start fresh? Luckily I was able to that:

From IMCE config admin/config/media/imce/profile/edit/1 - create a new upload directory for IMCE

IMCE upload directory

IMCE upload directory

Woila - after applying new settings - IMCE was blasting fast again. Hope this helps.