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Published: May 12, 2010

Completely deletes the specified Web.

Remove-SPWeb [-Identity] <SPWebPipeBind> [-AssignmentCollection <SPAssignmentCollection>] [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-Recycle <SwitchParameter>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]



Parameter Required Type Description




Specifies the identity of the Web to delete.

The type must be a valid full URL, in the form http://server_name/site_name, or an SPWeb object.




Manages objects for the purpose of proper disposal. Use of objects, such as SPWeb or SPSite, can use large amounts of memory and use of these objects in Windows PowerShell scripts requires proper memory management. Using the SPAssignment object, you can assign objects to a variable and dispose of the objects after they are needed to free up memory. When SPWeb, SPSite, or SPSiteAdministration objects are used, the objects are automatically disposed of if an assignment collection or the Global parameter is not used.

note Note:

When the Global parameter is used, all objects are contained in the global store. If objects are not immediately used, or disposed of by using the Stop-SPAssignment command, an out-of-memory scenario can occur.




Prompts you for confirmation before executing the command. For more information, type the following command: get-help about_commonparameters




Displays a message that describes the effect of the command instead of executing the command. For more information, type the following command: get-help about_commonparameters

Detailed Description

The Remove-SPWeb cmdlet completely deletes the Web specified by the Identity parameter.

Important Important:

Deleting the top level Web site of a site collection causes the entire site collection to be removed.

Input Types


Return Types



Remove-SPWeb http://sitename/subsite

This example completely deletes a subsite.

Change History


Date Description Reason

May 12, 2010

Initial publication

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