Working with Managed Paths in SharePoint using PowerShell

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Quite a common requirement for implementations of SharePoint that I am involved in is to create new managed paths for a given web application.

While it is a simple task to perform via Central Administration, I inevitably turn to PowerShell to achieve this so that I can then include it as part of larger configuration or deployment scripts.

Define managed paths in Central Administration
Define managed paths in Central Administration

To manage managed paths in SharePoint we use the PowerShell Get-SPManagedPathNew-SPManagedPath and Remove-SPManagedPath cmdlets.

Reviewing existing managed paths

To get a list of all the managed paths for a given web application we use the Get-SPManagedPath cmdlet as shown below.

Get-SPManagedPaths PowerShell Cmdlet
Get-SPManagedPaths PowerShell Cmdlet

Creating a new explicit path

Explicit managed paths only allow one site collection to be created at a specific path. An example of this is the root site collection of a web application which has an explicit managed path of “/” (

To add a new explicit managed path to a web application we use the New-SPManagedPath cmdlet and include the -Explicit parameter.

Adding a wildcard managed path

Wildcard managed paths allow one or more site collections to exist at a specified path. This is the same as the default ‘sites’ managed path that we should all be familiar with (

To add a wildcard managed path we run the command as we did for an explicit managed path however we don’t include the -Explicit parameter.

Custom managed paths added
Custom managed paths added

Removing an existing managed path

There may be times when you need to remove managed paths. This can be done by running the Remove-SPManagedPath cmdlet and specifying the name of the managed path to be removed and what web application to remove it from. When removing a managed path you will be prompted to confirm the removal action – this can be silenced by adding -confirm:$false to the command.


Using the SPManagedPath nouns in PowerShell we can get a list of existing managed paths, create explicit or wildcard managed paths and also remove existing managed paths for a given web application.






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