To delete any SharePoint site collection, You have use SharePoint Central Administration site. Navigate to :
- SharePoint 2013 Central Administration >> Application Management
- Click on Delete a site collection link under Site Collections group
- Select the site collection to delete
- Click on Delete button to delete a site collection in SharePoint.
Host named site collections can be managed only through PowerShell! Central Admin doesn't offer the provision to delete Host named site collections as it offers for Path-based sites. Following are some examples of deleting SharePoint 2013/2010 site collections using PowerShell.
Delete site collection using PowerShell
To delete site collection through PowerShell, use Remove-SPSite cmdlet.
Remove-SPSite -Identity "<Site-Collection-URL>"E.g.
Remove-SPSite -Identity "http://sharepoint.crescent.com/sites/operations"
Force delete SharePoint site collection PowerShell
If you face any difficulty in deleting SharePoint site collection either from Central Admin or with PowerShell, you can force delete as:
#Get the site collection to delete $Site = Get-SPSite http://site-collection-url #Get the content database of the site collection $SiteContentDB = $site.ContentDatabase #Force delete site collection $SiteContentDB.ForceDeleteSite($Site.Id, $false, $false)
Bulk delete site collections with PowerShell in SharePoint 2013
How about bulk deleting multiple site collections? Say, You want to delete all site collections under the given managed path: /Sites?
Get-SPSite "http://sharepoint.crescent.com/sites*" -Limit ALL | Remove-SPSite -Confirm:$false
PowerShell to delete all site collections under a web application:
If you don't want to send your SharePoint sites to recycle bin and would like to remove them permanently, use:
#Web Application URL $WebAppURL="http://SharePoint.crescent.com" #Get Each site collection and delete Get-SPWebApplication $WebAppURL | Get-SPSite -Limit ALL | Remove-SPSite -Confirm:$false
- Restore Deleted Site collections in SharePoint 2013
- Force delete orphaned site collection in SharePoint 2013 using PowerShell
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