Create Web Application in SharePoint using PowerShell

A web application in SharePoint acts as a container for one or more site collections. Web applications provide the link to the corresponding website in IIS and to specific content databases in SQL Server for the storage of site collections and associated content.

How to create a Web Application in SharePoint?

To create a new web application in SharePoint 2013, head on to SharePoint 2013 Central Administration site. Navigate to:

  • Application Management >> Manage web applications
  • Click on the “New” button from the ribbon
  • Fill out the details for your new web application. Such as: Web and click on “Create” to create a web application in SharePoint 2013.
    create sharepoint web application using powershell

Create Web Application in SharePoint 2013 using PowerShell:

Let’s create a SharePoint web application using PowerShell. Here is my PowerShell script to create web application in SharePoint 2013:

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

#Define Variables for Web Application Creation
$WebAppName = "Crescent Portal"
$HostHeader = ""
$WebAppURL = "https://"+$HostHeader
$WebAppPort = 80
$ContentDBName = "SP13_Content_Portal"
$AppPoolName = "Portal AppPool"
$AppPoolAccount = "Crescent\SP_Farm"
$AppPooPassword = "<<Password>>"

#Authentication Provider
$AuthProvider = New-SPAuthenticationProvider -UseWindowsIntegratedAuthentication -DisableKerberos

#Create new Managed Account
$SecurePassword = ConvertTo-SecureString -String $AppPooPassword -AsPlainText -Force
$cred = new-object -typeName System.Management.Automation.PsCredential -argumentlist $AppPoolAccount,$SecurePassword
New-SPManagedAccount -Credential $cred

#Create new Web Application
New-SPWebApplication -name $WebAppName -port $WebAppPort -hostheader $HostHeader -URL $WebAppURL -ApplicationPool $AppPoolName -ApplicationPoolAccount (Get-SPManagedAccount $AppPoolAccount) -AuthenticationMethod NTLM -AuthenticationProvider $AuthProvider -DatabaseName $ContentDBName

Let’s make use of an existing managed account this time to create a SharePoint web application in PowerShell:

$AuthProvider = New-SPAuthenticationProvider -UseWindowsIntegratedAuthentication -DisableKerberos
New-SPWebApplication -Name "Crescent Portal" -Port 80 -HostHeader "" -DatabaseName "SP16_CrescentPortal_Content" -URL "" -ApplicationPool "Crescent Portal AppPool" -ApplicationPoolAccount (Get-SPManagedAccount "Crescent\Sp2016_Service") -AuthenticationProvider $AuthProvider

How about SSL Enabled Web Application?

$AuthProvider = New-SPAuthenticationProvider -UseWindowsIntegratedAuthentication -DisableKerberos
New-SPWebApplication -Name "Crescent Internet" -ApplicationPool "Crescent Internet AppPool" -ApplicationPoolAccount (Get-SPManagedAccount "Crescent\SPS2016_AppPool") -URL "" -Port 443 -HostHeader "" -DatabaseName "SP16_CrescentInternet_Content01" -Path "C:\Crescent_Internet" -SecureSocketsLayer -AuthenticationProvider $AuthProvider

This creates a new web application using PowerShell for SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint 2016. But wait! You are not yet done. You got to create the root site collection for the web application. If you try to browse to the web application without creating top-level site collection, you’ll get “HTTP 404” error!

Create Top-Level Site Collection with PowerShell:

#Create Top-Level Site collection in SharePoint 2013
$SiteName="Crescent Portal"

#Create new Site collection
New-SPSite -url $SiteURL -Name $SiteName -OwnerAlias $SiteOwner -Template $SiteTemplate

Although this script is written to create web application with PowerShell for SharePoint 2013, It can be also used in creating a web application for SharePoint 2010 & SharePoint 2016 too.

SharePoint 2013 PowerShell to create web application in classic mode:
Just leave the AuthenticationProvider parameter in the above script to create new web application in classic mode.

You must keep number web applications and IIS websites as low as possible for better performance! Do not create more than 20 web applications per SharePoint server farm. If you need to provide multiple paths to your sites, use host-named site collections instead of creating additional web application.

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!

3 thoughts on “Create Web Application in SharePoint using PowerShell

  • Can you please share comment syntex for Azure Manage SQL content DB?

  • what is the command for formsbased authentication ?

    • Use: $ap = New-SPAuthenticationProvider -Name “ClaimsForms” -ASPNETMembershipProvider -ASPNETRoleProviderName


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