SharePoint 2013

Applies to: SharePoint Foundation 2013, SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise

Topic Last Modified: 2015-03-09

Deletes a content database.

Remove-SPContentDatabase [-Identity] <SPContentDatabasePipeBind> [-AssignmentCollection <SPAssignmentCollection>] [-Confirm [<SwitchParameter>]] [-Force <SwitchParameter>] [-WhatIf [<SwitchParameter>]]

The Remove-SPContentDatabase cmdlet deletes a content database permanently from SQL Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or SQL Server 2012. In situations where data needs to be persisted, use the Dismount-SPContentDatabase cmdlet. This will remove the content database from SharePoint 2010 Products but not from SQL Server 2008 R2 with SP1 or SQL Server 2012.

SharePoint Management Shell


Parameter Required Type Description




Specifies the content database to delete.

The type must be a valid GUID, such as 12345678-90ab-cdef-1234-567890bcdefgh; a valid name of a SharePoint content database (for example, SPContentDB1); or an instance of a valid SPContentDatabase 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.

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


Error Description


Exceptions Description


Get-SPContentDatabase 12345678-90ab-cdef-1234-567890abcdef | Remove-SPContentDatabase

This example deletes the specified content database.