Create or Delete Managed Path in SharePoint using PowerShell

Managed paths in SharePoint enables us to create a uniform navigational structure to group multiple site collections together. SharePoint Managed Paths can be defined using PowerShell or STSADM command-line tool. Managed paths are explained in my other article: Managed path in SharePoint

Create Managed Path in SharePoint using PowerShell:

Use New-SPManagedPath cmdlet to create a new managed path in a web application on the SharePoint farm.

New-SPManagedPath -WebApplication "" -RelativeURL "teams"

This adds a managed path in SharePoint 2013 using PowerShell. By default, the managed path is created as a wildcard inclusion type. You can include the Explicit switch to create a managed path of explicit inclusion type.

New-SPManagedPath -WebApplication "" -RelativeURL "/departments/" -Explicit
Create/Delete/Get Managed Paths in SharePoint PowerShell

PowerShell to Delete Managed path in SharePoint:
If you need to delete a managed path from a specific web application: use Remove-SPManagedPath cmdlet.

Remove-SPManagedPath -Identity "Teams" -WebApplication ""

Technet Reference for configuring managed paths:

Check whether a Particular Managed Path Exists:
PowerShell offers one more cmdlet: Get-SPManagedPath to check the existence of a managed path. Say, for e.g. you may want to check whether a particular managed path exists or not before creating a managed path.

Get Existing Managed Paths

Get-SPManagedPath -WebApplication "" 

Get-SPManagedPath displays all managed paths for the given web application. Let’s check if the managed path exists before creating a new managed path:

Create a managed path in SharePoint using PowerShell

Let’s add a managed path in SharePoint 2013 with PowerShell

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

 write-host "Enter the Web Application URL:"
 write-host "Enter the Managed Path:" 
 $ManagedPath =read-host

 #Check whether the particular managed path exist already
 $ManagedPathExists = Get-SPManagedPath -WebApplication $WebAppURL -Identity $ManagedPath -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

 if ($ManagedPathExists -eq $null)
    #Go ahead and create the managed path
    New-SPManagedPath -RelativeURL $ManagedPath -WebApplication $WebAppURL
    Write-Host "Managed path $ManagedPath already exists!"
Managed paths created in the Central Admin site can be used only in path-based site collections! Not on host-named site collections (HNSC).

Using STSADM Tool to Add/Remove Managed Path:

These two stsadm command line tool switches available to Add/Remove Managed paths in SharePoint.

  • Stsadm -o AddPath
  • Stsadm -o DeletePath

stsadm -o addpath -url <managed path URL followed by web app URL> -type <explicitinclusion or wildcardinclusion>
stsadm -o addpath -url -type wildcardinclusion

Delete managed path in SharePoint using STSADM:

stsadm -o deletepath -url <Managed Path URL with Web App>
stsadm -o deletepath -url

Tail: What if I delete the Managed path in use?
Answer: Your SharePoint Sites under the specific managed path will result: HTTP 404 Page Not Found! Refer my post: SharePoint Managed Paths – FAQs – If you have any questions on SharePoint Managed paths!

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack - SharePoint Expert with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. Love to Share my knowledge and experience with the SharePoint community, through real-time articles!

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