
How big is big enough?

Introduction
The Prime Pages keeps a list of the 5000 largest known primes, plus a few each of certain selected archivable forms and classes. These forms are defined in this collection's home page. To make the top 5000 today a prime must have 388342 digits. This is increasing at roughly 10,000 digits per year. Click on the trends tab above to view the change over the last five years.
Smaller primes, those not large enough to be in the top 5000, may stay on the list if they are in the first few (either 5 or 20). Below we list how large they must be to make our list. But be careful, this is a moving targetevery month the size of these records increase. So if you want to stay on the list for awhile, do not search for a prime with just a few digits more, aim for a few thousand digits more!
Table of minimal sizes
Smallest prime of special forms on the list
(the smallest that make the list on the merit of the indicated comment alone)
digits required 
archivable form or class 
number archived 
number on list 
(**) 
Arithmetic progression (1,d=*) 
(**) 
10 
(**) 
Arithmetic progression (2,d=*) 
(**) 
11 
388342 
Arithmetic progression (3,d=*) 
5 
13 
13556 
Arithmetic progression (4,d=*) 
5 
10 
7026 
Arithmetic progression (5,d=*) 
5 
10 
3019 
Arithmetic progression (6,d=*) 
5 
5 
1290 
Arithmetic progression (7,d=*) 
5 
5 
1014 
Arithmetic progression (8,d=*) 
5 
5 
1014 
Arithmetic progression (9,d=*) 
5 
5 
(**) 
Consecutive primes in arithmetic progression (1,d=*) 
(**) 
5 
(**) 
Consecutive primes in arithmetic progression (2,d=*) 
(**) 
5 
10545 
Consecutive primes in arithmetic progression (3,d=*) 
5 
5 
2575 
Consecutive primes in arithmetic progression (4,d=*) 
5 
5 
1072 
Consecutive primes in arithmetic progression (5,d=*) 
5 
5 
1000(*) 
Cullen primes 
20 
14 
1070 
Cunningham chain (16p+15) 
5 
5 
(**) 
Cunningham chain (2p+1) 
(**) 
5 
1000(*) 
Cunningham chain (32p+31) 
(**) 
1 
10536 
Cunningham chain (4p+3) 
5 
5 
2355 
Cunningham chain (8p+7) 
5 
5 
(**) 
Cunningham chain (p) 
(**) 
5 
1029 
Cunningham chain 2nd kind (16p15) 
5 
5 
47784 
Cunningham chain 2nd kind (2p1) 
5 
5 
10014 
Cunningham chain 2nd kind (4p3) 
5 
5 
1829 
Cunningham chain 2nd kind (8p7) 
5 
5 
(**) 
Cunningham chain 2nd kind (p) 
(**) 
5 
143484 
Divides Fermat 
20 
20 
145123 
Divides GF(*,10) 
20 
20 
219096 
Divides GF(*,12) 
20 
21 
277717 
Divides GF(*,3) 
20 
22 
250522 
Divides GF(*,5) 
20 
20 
237790 
Divides GF(*,6) 
20 
22 
326724 
Divides Phi 
20 
20 
19632 
ECPP 
20 
252 
1343 
Euler Irregular primes 
20 
20 
1000(*) 
Factorial 
20 
19 
5521 
Fibonacci cofactor 
20 
20 
1000(*) 
Fibonacci Number 
20 
11 
4444 
Fibonacci Primitive Part 
20 
20 
1000(*) 
Gaussian Mersenne norm 
20 
15 
338991 
Generalized Cullen 
20 
20 
1150678 
Generalized Fermat 
20 
357 
13028 
Generalized Lucas Number 
20 
28 
25140 
Generalized Lucas primitive part 
20 
20 
28856 
Generalized Repunit 
20 
20 
795940 
Generalized Unique 
20 
75 
359818 
Generalized Woodall 
20 
20 
1640 
Irregular Primes 
20 
20 
14897 
Lehmer number 
20 
20 
13319 
Lehmer primitive part 
20 
20 
5287 
Lucas Aurifeuillian primitive part 
20 
20 
5338 
Lucas cofactor 
20 
20 
1001 
Lucas Number 
20 
20 
11060 
Lucas primitive part 
20 
20 
39751 
Mersenne 
20 
20 
4365 
Mersenne cofactor 
20 
20 
360410 
Nearrepdigit 
20 
23 
206365 
Palindrome 
20 
20 
9126 
Partitions 
20 
20 
1368 
Primorial 
20 
20 
3360 
Quadruplet (1) 
5 
5 
3360 
Quadruplet (2) 
5 
5 
3360 
Quadruplet (3) 
5 
5 
3360 
Quadruplet (4) 
5 
5 
1117 
Quintuplet (1) 
5 
5 
1117 
Quintuplet (2) 
5 
5 
1117 
Quintuplet (3) 
5 
5 
1117 
Quintuplet (4) 
5 
5 
1117 
Quintuplet (5) 
5 
5 
1000(*) 
Repunit 
20 
1 
1037 
Sextuplet 
5 
5 
31112 
Sophie Germain (2p+1) 
20 
20 
31112 
Sophie Germain (p) 
20 
20 
10047 
Triplet (1) 
5 
5 
10047 
Triplet (2) 
5 
5 
10047 
Triplet (3) 
5 
5 
35851 
Twin (p) 
20 
20 
(**) 
Twin (p+2) 
(**) 
20 
4361 
Unique 
20 
20 
1000(*) 
Wagstaff 
20 
9 
1000(*) 
Woodall Primes 
20 
18 
(*) Less than the allowed number are known.
(**) These primes do not make the list on their own merits, but make the list because a companion prime does (e.g., a 'Twin (p+2)' will be on the list if and only if the associate 'Twin (p)' prime is.
 Database last updated: 20170329 21:20:07.


Below are the comments that are currently tolerated in the official comment field, but which appear on the list only if the prime is already on the list for some other reason. Note that provers can add unofficial comments that appear on the individual prime's page, but not in the official comment field.
* old special cases (1), APRCL assisted (1), Compositorial (1), Cyclotomy Proof (13), Mills' prime (1), Multifactorial (3)
The number in parenthesis is the number currently on the list.
Why are there more than allowed of some forms?
What? Sometimes there are more primes on the list than the number allowed for that form? This happens for the following two reasons.
First, any prime in the top 5000 will automatically be archived, and sometimes there are many of the given form that fit there. When these primes get too small for the top 5000, they will be removed from the list. For example, we may not archive any of a certain form (such as generalized uniques), but there may be some on the list because they fit in the top 5000.
Second, a prime outside of the top 5000 may remain on the list due to another comment. For example, for a long time the only Mills' prime on the list was one of the largest known ECPP primes. It was the latter comment that allowed it to remain on the list.