Modules Element <modules element>


The <modules> element defines the native-code modules and managed-code modules that are registered for an application. As a part of Internet Information Services (IIS) request pipeline processing, IIS calls each module listed in the <modules> element on every request. You commonly use modules to implement customized functionality, such as security, statistics, and logging, or customized content processing, such as adding customized headers or footers.

The <modules> element contains a collection of <add> elements. Each element defines an enabled module for the application. When you enable a module, you allow it to provide its service for a particular application.

If you want to enable a native module, you must first install it on the server. For more information, see the <globalModules> element.

You do not have to install a managed module; you can enable it directly for each application. This allows applications to include their managed modules directly within the application by registering them in the application's Web.config file, and by providing the implementation in the /BIN or /App_Code directories.


Version Notes
IIS 10.0 The <modules> element was not modified in IIS 10.0.
IIS 8.5 The <modules> element was not modified in IIS 8.5.
IIS 8.0 The <modules> element was not modified in IIS 8.0.
IIS 7.5 The <modules> element was not modified in IIS 7.5.
IIS 7.0 The <modules> element was introduced in IIS 7.0.
IIS 6.0 N/A


The <modules> element is included in the default installation of IIS 7.

How To

How to add a managed module to application

  1. Open Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager:

    • If you are using Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2:

      • On the taskbar, click Server Manager, click Tools, and then click Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
    • If you are using Windows 8 or Windows 8.1:

      • Hold down the Windows key, press the letter X, and then click Control Panel.
      • Click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
    • If you are using Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2:

      • On the taskbar, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
    • If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7:

      • On the taskbar, click Start, and then click Control Panel.
      • Double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.
  2. In the Connections pane, expand the server name, expand Sites, and then go to the Web site or application to which you want to add a managed module.

  3. In the Home pane, double-click Modules.
    Screenshot of the Default Web Site Home page. The icon for Modules is highlighted.

  4. In the Actions pane, click Add Managed Module.

  5. In the Add Managed Module dialog box, enter the name of the managed module in the Name box, and then enter or select the module's .NET Framework fully-qualified type in the Type box.

  6. Select the Invoke only for requests to ASP.NET applications or managed handlers option if you want the module to respond only to managed requests.
    Screenshot of the Add Managed Module dialog box.

  7. Click OK.


You configure the <modules> element at the server level in the ApplicationHost.config file and at the application level in the Web.config file.


Attribute Description
runAllManagedModulesForAllRequests Optional Boolean value.

True if all managed modules can process all requests, even if the request was not for managed content; otherwise, false.

Note: In ASP.NET websites, the value of runAllManagedModulesForAllRequests previously had to be set to true to support routing. However, once IIS 7 has been updated with a Service Pack, the value of runAllManagedModulesForAllRequests can be set to false or omitted when working with ASP.NET routing. For more information, see ASP.NET Routing on the MSDN website.

The default value is false.
runManagedModulesForWebDavRequests Optional Boolean value.

True if managed modules can process WebDAV requests; otherwise, false.

The default value is false.

Child Elements

Element Description
add Optional element.

Adds a module to the collection of modules.
clear Optional element.

Removes all references to modules from the modules collection.
remove Optional element.

Removes a reference to a module from the modules collection.

Configuration Sample

The example configures a module for a Web application running in IIS 7 Integrated mode.

         <add name="Header" type="Contoso.ShoppingCart.Header"/>

Sample Code


The examples in this document illustrate using a managed-code assembly that has been stored in the .NET Global Assembly Cache (GAC). Before using the code in these examples to deploy your own assemblies, you need to retrieve the assembly information from the GAC. To do so, use the following steps:

  • In Windows Explorer, open your C:\Windows\assembly path, where C: is your operating system drive.
  • Locate your assembly.
  • Right-click the assembly and click Properties.
  • Copy the Culture value; for example: Neutral.
  • Copy the Version number; for example:
  • Copy the Public Key Token value; for example: 426f62526f636b73.
  • Click Cancel.

The following code examples enable a managed module for a Web site named Contoso. The name property defines the name CartHeader for the module, the type property defines the managed type for the module, the preCondition property defines that IIS invokes the module only for managed requests.


appcmd.exe set config "Contoso" -section:system.webServer/modules /+"[name='CartHeader',type='Contoso.ShoppingCart.Header',preCondition='managedHandler']"


using System;
using System.Text;
using Microsoft.Web.Administration;

internal static class Sample
   private static void Main()
      using (ServerManager serverManager = new ServerManager())
         Configuration config = serverManager.GetWebConfiguration("Contoso");
         ConfigurationSection modulesSection = config.GetSection("system.webServer/modules");
         ConfigurationElementCollection modulesCollection = modulesSection.GetCollection();

         ConfigurationElement addElement = modulesCollection.CreateElement("add");
         addElement["name"] = @"CartHeader";
         addElement["type"] = @"Contoso.ShoppingCart.Header";
         addElement["preCondition"] = @"managedHandler";



Imports System
Imports System.Text
Imports Microsoft.Web.Administration

Module Sample
   Sub Main()
      Dim serverManager As ServerManager = New ServerManager
      Dim config As Configuration = serverManager.GetWebConfiguration("Contoso")
      Dim modulesSection As ConfigurationSection = config.GetSection("system.webServer/modules")
      Dim modulesCollection As ConfigurationElementCollection = modulesSection.GetCollection

      Dim addElement As ConfigurationElement = modulesCollection.CreateElement("add")
      addElement("name") = "CartHeader"
      addElement("type") = "Contoso.ShoppingCart.Header"
      addElement("preCondition") = "managedHandler"

   End Sub
End Module


var adminManager = new ActiveXObject('Microsoft.ApplicationHost.WritableAdminManager');
adminManager.CommitPath = "MACHINE/WEBROOT/APPHOST/Contoso";
var modulesSection = adminManager.GetAdminSection("system.webServer/modules", "MACHINE/WEBROOT/APPHOST/Contoso");
var modulesCollection = modulesSection.Collection;

var addElement = modulesCollection.CreateNewElement("add");
addElement.Properties.Item("name").Value = "CartHeader";
addElement.Properties.Item("type").Value = "Contoso.ShoppingCart.Header";
addElement.Properties.Item("preCondition").Value = "managedHandler";



Set adminManager = createObject("Microsoft.ApplicationHost.WritableAdminManager")
adminManager.CommitPath = "MACHINE/WEBROOT/APPHOST/Contoso"
Set modulesSection = adminManager.GetAdminSection("system.webServer/modules", "MACHINE/WEBROOT/APPHOST/Contoso")
Set modulesCollection = modulesSection.Collection

Set addElement = modulesCollection.CreateNewElement("add")
addElement.Properties.Item("name").Value = "CartHeader"
addElement.Properties.Item("type").Value = "Contoso.ShoppingCart.Header"
addElement.Properties.Item("preCondition").Value = "managedHandler"
modulesCollection.AddElement addElement