Recycling Settings for an Application Pool <recycling>


The <recycling> element contains configuration settings that control the conditions that trigger IIS 7 to restart an application pool. You can also control the types of events IIS writes to the event log when the application pool recycles.

You can specify that IIS recycle an application pool at set intervals (such as every 180 minutes), at a specific time each day, or after the application pool receives a certain number of requests. You can also configure the <recycling> element to restart the application pool when the worker process virtual memory and physical memory usage reaches a specific threshold.

You can use the <recycling> element to specify two classes of events to log to the event log when IIS recycles an application pool. The first class contains recycling events that you can configure, such as those mentioned in the previous paragraph. The second class includes run-time recycling events, such as on-demand recycling events, recycling events triggered by configuration changes in the application or applications running in the application pool, or recycling caused by an unhealthy Internet Server Application Programming Interface (ISAPI) filter or ISAPI extension.

The <recycling> element uses the following attribute and child element to implement these features:

  • logEventOnRecycle attribute
  • periodicRestart element


Version Notes
IIS 10.0 The default value of the logEventOnRecycle attribute was modified in IIS 10.0.
IIS 8.5 The <recycling> element was not modified in IIS 8.5.
IIS 8.0 The <recycling> element was not modified in IIS 8.0.
IIS 7.5 The <recycling> element was not modified in IIS 7.5.
IIS 7.0 The <recycling> element was introduced in IIS 7.0.
IIS 6.0 The <recycling> element replaces portions of the IIS 6.0 IIsApplicationPools metabase property.


The <applicationPools> collection is included in the default installation of IIS 7.

How To

How to set up periodic recycling for an application pool

  1. Open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager:

    • If you are using Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2:

      • On the taskbar, click Server Manager, click Tools, and then click Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
    • If you are using Windows 8 or Windows 8.1:

      • Hold down the Windows key, press the letter X, and then click Control Panel.
      • Click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
    • If you are using Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2:

      • On the taskbar, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
    • If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7:

      • On the taskbar, click Start, and then click Control Panel.
      • Double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
  2. In the Connections pane, expand the server name, and then click Application Pools.
  3. In the Application Pools pane, select the application pool you want edit.
  4. In the Actions pane, click Recycling...
  5. On the Recycling Conditions page of the Edit Application Pool Recycling Settings Wizard, select at least one of the options in the Fixed Intervals section, type values into the appropriate text boxes, and then click Next.
  6. (Optional) On the Recycling Events to Log page of the Edit Application Pool Recycling Settings Wizard, select the configurable recycling events and run-time recycling events that you want IIS to send to the event log when they occur, and then click Finish.


The <recycling> element is configurable at the server level in the ApplicationHost.config file.


Attribute Description
disallowOverlappingRotation Optional Boolean attribute.

Specifies whether the WWW Service should start another worker process to replace the existing worker process while that process is shutting down. The value of this property should be set to true if the worker process loads any application code that does not support multiple worker processes.

The default value is false.
disallowRotationOnConfigChange Optional Boolean attribute.

Specifies whether the WWW Service should rotate worker processes in an application pool when the configuration has changed.

The default value is false.
logEventOnRecycle Optional flags attribute.

Specifies that IIS should log an event when an application pool is recycled. The logEventOnRecycle property must have a bit set corresponding to the reason for the recycle if IIS is to log the event.

The logEventOnRecycle attribute can have one or more of the following possible values. If you specify more than one value, separate them with a comma (,). The default flags for versions of IIS earlier than IIS 10 are Time, Memory, and PrivateMemory; for IIS 10 and later are Time, Requests, Schedule, Memory, IsapiUnhealthy, OnDemand, ConfigChange, and PrivateMemory;
Value Description
ConfigChange Log an event when an application pool recycles because of a configuration change.

The numeric value is 64.
IsapiUnhealthy Log an event when an application pool recycles after an ISAPI extension reports to the worker process that it is in an unhealthy state.
The numeric value is 16.
Memory Log an event when an application pool recycles after it uses a specified amount of virtual memory.

The numeric value is 8.
OnDemand Log an event when an application pool is recycled immediately to correct a problem.

The numeric value is 32.
PrivateMemory Log an event when an application pool recycles after it uses a specified amount of virtual memory.

The numeric value is 128.
Requests Log an event when an application pool recycles after it reaches a configured number of requests.

The numeric value is 2.
Schedule Log an event when an application pool recycles after it reaches a configured time of day.

The numeric value is 4.
Time Log an event when an application pool recycles after a configured time.

The numeric value is 1.

Child Elements

Element Description
periodicRestart Optional element.

Specifies conditions under which application pools are recycled.

Configuration Sample

The following configuration sample uses the application pool <add> element to create a new application pool named Contoso. The <recycling> element configures logging for application pool restarts, the <periodicRestart> element configures when the application pool restarts, and the <processModel> element configures the shutdownTimeLimit and startupTimeLimit attributes for shutting down and starting the worker processes in the application pool for 30 seconds each. If these time limits are exceeded, IIS terminates the worker process.

<add name="Contoso">
   <recycling logEventOnRecycle="Schedule">
            <clear />
            <add value="03:00:00" />
   <processModel identityType="NetworkService" shutdownTimeLimit="00:00:30" startupTimeLimit="00:00:30" />

Sample Code

The following code examples add an application pool named Contoso to your IIS 7 server, then set the application pool to daily recycle at 3:00 A.M.


appcmd.exe set config -section:system.applicationHost/applicationPools /+"[name='Contoso']" /commit:apphost

appcmd.exe set config -section:system.applicationHost/applicationPools /+"[name='Contoso'].recycling.periodicRestart.schedule.[value='03:00:00']" /commit:apphost

You can also use the following syntax:

appcmd.exe add apppool /name:"Contoso"

appcmd.exe set config -section:system.applicationHost/applicationPools /+"[name='Contoso'].recycling.periodicRestart.schedule.[value='03:00:00']" /commit:apphost

You must be sure to set the commit parameter to apphost when you use AppCmd.exe to configure these settings. This commits the configuration settings to the appropriate location section in the ApplicationHost.config file.


using System;
using System.Text;
using Microsoft.Web.Administration;

internal static class Sample
   private static void Main()
      using (ServerManager serverManager = new ServerManager())
         Configuration config = serverManager.GetApplicationHostConfiguration();
         ConfigurationSection applicationPoolsSection = config.GetSection("system.applicationHost/applicationPools");
         ConfigurationElementCollection applicationPoolsCollection = applicationPoolsSection.GetCollection();
         ConfigurationElement addElement = applicationPoolsCollection.CreateElement("add");
         addElement["name"] = @"Contoso";
         ConfigurationElement recyclingElement = addElement.GetChildElement("recycling");
         ConfigurationElement periodicRestartElement = recyclingElement.GetChildElement("periodicRestart");
         ConfigurationElementCollection scheduleCollection = periodicRestartElement.GetCollection("schedule");
         ConfigurationElement addElement1 = scheduleCollection.CreateElement("add");
         addElement1["value"] = TimeSpan.Parse("03:00:00");


Imports System
Imports System.Text
Imports Microsoft.Web.Administration

Module Sample
   Sub Main()
      Dim serverManager As ServerManager = New ServerManager
      Dim config As Configuration = serverManager.GetApplicationHostConfiguration
      Dim applicationPoolsSection As ConfigurationSection = config.GetSection("system.applicationHost/applicationPools")
      Dim applicationPoolsCollection As ConfigurationElementCollection = applicationPoolsSection.GetCollection
      Dim addElement As ConfigurationElement = applicationPoolsCollection.CreateElement("add")
      addElement("name") = "Contoso"
      Dim recyclingElement As ConfigurationElement = addElement.GetChildElement("recycling")
      Dim periodicRestartElement As ConfigurationElement = recyclingElement.GetChildElement("periodicRestart")
      Dim scheduleCollection As ConfigurationElementCollection = periodicRestartElement.GetCollection("schedule")
      Dim addElement1 As ConfigurationElement = scheduleCollection.CreateElement("add")
      addElement1("value") = TimeSpan.Parse("03:00:00")
   End Sub
End Module


var adminManager = new ActiveXObject('Microsoft.ApplicationHost.WritableAdminManager');
adminManager.CommitPath = "MACHINE/WEBROOT/APPHOST";
var applicationPoolsSection = adminManager.GetAdminSection("system.applicationHost/applicationPools", "MACHINE/WEBROOT/APPHOST");
var applicationPoolsCollection = applicationPoolsSection.Collection;

var addElement = applicationPoolsCollection.CreateNewElement("add");
addElement.Properties.Item("name").Value = "Contoso";
var recyclingElement = addElement.ChildElements.Item("recycling");
var periodicRestartElement = recyclingElement.ChildElements.Item("periodicRestart");
var scheduleCollection = periodicRestartElement.ChildElements.Item("schedule").Collection;
var addElement1 = scheduleCollection.CreateNewElement("add");
addElement1.Properties.Item("value").Value = "03:00:00";



Set adminManager = createObject("Microsoft.ApplicationHost.WritableAdminManager")
adminManager.CommitPath = "MACHINE/WEBROOT/APPHOST"
Set applicationPoolsSection = adminManager.GetAdminSection("system.applicationHost/applicationPools", "MACHINE/WEBROOT/APPHOST")
Set applicationPoolsCollection = applicationPoolsSection.Collection

Set addElement = applicationPoolsCollection.CreateNewElement("add")
addElement.Properties.Item("name").Value = "Contoso"
Set recyclingElement = addElement.ChildElements.Item("recycling")
Set periodicRestartElement = recyclingElement.ChildElements.Item("periodicRestart")
Set scheduleCollection = periodicRestartElement.ChildElements.Item("schedule").Collection
Set addElement1 = scheduleCollection.CreateNewElement("add")
addElement1.Properties.Item("value").Value = "03:00:00"