How to Delete a SharePoint Web Application?

SharePoint Web Applications are actually an IIS Containers at top level. Each web application we create from SharePoint, creates respective site in IIS and a content database in SQL Server.

To delete a SharePoint 2016 Web Application,

  • Open SharePoint 2016 Central Administration Site
  • Click on the “Manage web applications” link under “Application Management”
  • Select your target web application, and from the ribbon, click on the Delete button.
    how to delete a web application in sharepoint 2013
  • Specify whether you would like to delete the content databases and IIS web sites.
    how to delete a sharepoint web application
  • Confirm the Prompt once to delete a web application in SharePoint 2013 and your web application will be deleted momentarily.

This removes the specified web application from the SharePoint farm.

SharePoint delete web application zone:

To delete SharePoint web application extension, From SharePoint Central Administration:

  • Click on Administration Management >> Manage Web Applications
  • Select the web application you wish to remove the extended zone from >> Click on Delete button drop-down and choose “Remove SharePoint from IIS Web Site”
  • Select IIS web site & zone to remove, (make sure its not your “Default” zone!)
  • Set the value for “Delete IIS web sites” to “Yes” and click OK to delete web application zone.
    sharepoint delete web application zone

To delete a SharePoint web application using PowerShell, use this script: Delete SharePoint web application using PowerShell

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack is a SharePoint Architect with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. He loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with the SharePoint community, through his real-world articles!

One thought on “How to Delete a SharePoint Web Application?

  • February 17, 2021 at 8:22 PM

    Hi Salaudeen

    could you advice? is it safe to delete the web application first when there are some farm solutions that are deployed to this web application? or should I retract and remove these solutions first?

    Thanks in advance for your advices



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