View a List of Application Pools (IIS 7)

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

You might have to view a list of application pools on your server for a variety of reasons. For example, you can determine whether you have an application pool that runs a certain version of the .NET Framework by looking at your list of application pools. If you notice performance problems with certain applications, you might want to determine how many applications run in a particular application pool.


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 Application Pools Feature Requirements (IIS 7).

Exceptions to Feature Requirements

  • None

To view a list of application pools

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. For information about opening IIS Manager, see Open IIS Manager (IIS 7).

  2. In the Connections pane, click Application Pools in the tree.

Command Line

To view a list of applications pools on the Web server, type the following at the command prompt, and then press ENTER:

appcmd list apppool

To view a list of application pools on the Web server that have a specific setting, you can filter the list results by including criteria on which to filter the results of the command. To do this, use the following syntax:

**appcmd list apppool /attribute:**value

The variables attribute and value are the criteria on which you want to filter the results.

For example, to view a list of all application pools on the server that run .NET Framework version 2.0, filter the results by including the managedRuntimeVersion attribute and the value v2.0. To do this, type the following at the command prompt, and then press ENTER:

appcmd list apppool /managedRuntimeVersion:v2.0

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


The procedure in this topic affects the following configuration elements:


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:

  • ApplicationPool class

  • ServerContainsApplicationPool 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


Managing Application Pools in IIS 7