Remove an Application (IIS 7)

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista

You can remove an application from a site if it is no longer needed. For example, you might obtain a new application to replace an old application.


The only application that you cannot remove from a site is its root application.


For information about the levels at which you can perform this procedure, and the modules, handlers, and permissions that are required to perform this procedure, see Applications Feature Requirements (IIS 7).

Exceptions to feature requirements

  • Only server administrators can add and edit applications.

To remove an application

You can perform this procedure by using the user interface (UI), by running Appcmd.exe commands in a command-line window, by editing configuration files directly, or by writing WMI scripts.

User Interface

To use the UI

  1. Open IIS Manager. For information about opening IIS Manager, see Open IIS Manager (IIS 7).

  2. In the Connections pane, expand the Sites node and click to select the site in which your application runs.

  3. In the Actions pane, click View Applications.

  4. On the Applications feature page, select an application from the list and then click Remove in the Actions pane.

  5. Click Yes to confirm that you want to remove the application.


Removing an application in IIS does not delete the physical content from the Windows file system; it removes the relationship of the content as an application under a site.

Command Line

To remove an application, use the following syntax:

appcmd delete app /

The variable app.namestring is the virtual path of the application that you want to remove.

For example, to remove an application named marketing in a site named contoso, type the following at the command prompt, and then press ENTER:

appcmd delete app /

For more information about Appcmd.exe, see Appcmd.exe (IIS 7).


The procedure in this topic affects the following configuration elements:


<virtualDirectory> element under <application>

For more information about IIS 7 configuration, see IIS 7.0: IIS Settings Schema on MSDN.


Use the following WMI classes, methods, or properties to perform this procedure:

  • Application.Delete_ method


To delete an instance of this object, use the object’s Delete_ system method that it inherits from WMI. For more information about Delete_, see SWbemObject.Delete_ on the MSDN site.

For more information about WMI and IIS, see Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) in IIS 7. For more information about the classes, methods, or properties associated with this procedure, see the IIS WMI Provider Reference on the MSDN site.

See Also


Managing Applications in IIS 7