Enable HTTP Compression of Static Content (IIS 7)

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista

Configure HTTP compression of static content to use bandwidth more efficiently. Enabling static compression gives you more efficient use of bandwidth. Unlike dynamic responses, compressed static responses can be cached without degrading CPU resources.


For information about the levels at which you can perform this procedure, and the modules, handlers, and permissions that are required to perform this procedure, see HTTP Compression Feature Requirements (IIS 7).

Exceptions to feature requirements

  • None

To enable HTTP compression of static content

You can perform this procedure by using the user interface (UI), by running Appcmd.exe commands in a command-line window, by editing configuration files directly, or by writing WMI scripts.

User Interface

To Use the UI

  1. Open IIS Manager and navigate to the level you want to manage. For information about opening IIS Manager, see Open IIS Manager (IIS 7). For information about navigating to locations in the UI, see Navigation in IIS Manager (IIS 7).

  2. In Features View, double-click Compression.

  3. On the Compression page, select the box next to Enable static content compression.

  4. Click Apply in the Actions pane.


To enable HTTP compression of static content, at the command prompt, type the following command, and then press Enter:

appcmd set config /section:urlCompression /doStaticCompression:True

For more information about Appcmd.exe, see Appcmd.exe (IIS 7).


The procedure in this topic affects the following configuration element:


For more information about IISĀ 7 configuration, see IIS 7.0: IIS Settings Schema on MSDN.


Use the following WMI classes, methods, or properties to perform this procedure:

  • HttpCompressionSection.Schemes.DoStaticCompression property

  • HttpCompressionSchemeElement class

For more information about WMI and IIS, see Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) in IIS 7. For more information about the classes, methods, or properties associated with this procedure, see the IIS WMI Provider Reference on the MSDN site.

See Also


Configuring HTTP Compression in IIS 7