Posted on / by Bondan Herumurti / in Linux

Adding Swap to Ubuntu 16.04

ROR or even simple WordPress project is now require a minimum of 1GB memory of a vps, although some vps start selling 1GB at $5 such as Vultr, Linode


DigitalOcean….. (oh my DO whyy oh why) and amazon lightsail and some other majorities of vps provider still selling 512 at $5

BUT yeah we wont use 512 for production, except development, staging and experiment or weekend projects.

so how do we run the apps with 512… well introducing SWAP


What is Swap?

Swap is an area on a hard drive that has been designated as a place where the operating system can temporarily store data that it can no longer hold in RAM. Basically, this gives you the ability to increase the amount of information that your server can keep in its working “memory”, with some caveats. The swap space on the hard drive will be used mainly when there is no longer sufficient space in RAM to hold in-use application data.

The information written to disk will be significantly slower than information kept in RAM, but the operating system will prefer to keep running application data in memory and use swap for the older data. Overall, having swap space as a fall back for when your system’s RAM is depleted can be a good safety net against out-of-memory exceptions on systems with non-SSD storage available.


Thanks to SSD ??


so i strongly advice don’t do this on production server, be a good man! dont be ?

Ok, lets start

i assume the vps is up and you have already gain your control over your vps on root access

first check if the swap is there

sudo swapon --show

if nothing comes up, then there is no swap config, you’re good to go

next, check if you still have space on the disk, don’t get confidence high before busting your HDD

df -h

so everything is good, 2G is okay? kay next

Create the swapfile, you can go to the root folder and create one

cd /
sudo fallocate -l 2G /swapfile

check now if its there

ls -lh /swapfile

now enabling the swap, first make it sure only accessible for root

sudo chmod 600 /swapfile

if you ls -lh should return something like this

-rw------- 1 root root 1.0G Apr 25 11:14 /swapfile

and mark the swap

sudo mkswap /swapfile

and activate it

sudo swapon /swapfile

voila! the swap done ✅ but it still available only for current session, if you reboot the machine it might be gone… lets make it permanent on our fstab, back it up first!

sudo cp /etc/fstab /etc/fstab.bak

and put it

echo '/swapfile none swap sw 0 0' | sudo tee -a /etc/fstab

done ✅ ✅ ✅ ✅


now check it on your htop


should be look like this

there you go the Swp

Happy Coding!


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