Export an AppLocker policy from a GPO

Applies to

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 11
  • Windows Server 2016 and above


Some capabilities of Windows Defender Application Control are only available on specific Windows versions. Learn more about the Windows Defender Application Control feature availability.

This topic for IT professionals describes the steps to export an AppLocker policy from a Group Policy Object (GPO) so that it can be modified.

Updating an AppLocker policy that is currently enforced in your production environment can have unintended results. Therefore, export the policy from the GPO and update the rule or rules by using AppLocker on your AppLocker reference device.

To complete this procedure, you must have the Edit Setting permission to edit a GPO. By default, members of the Domain Admins group, the Enterprise Admins group, and the Group Policy Creator Owners group have this permission.

Export the policy from the GPO

  1. In the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC), open the GPO that you want to edit.
  2. In the console tree under Computer Configuration\Policies\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Application Control Policies, click AppLocker.
  3. Right-click AppLocker, and then click Export Policy.
  4. In the Export Policy dialog box, type a name for the exported policy (for example, the name of the GPO), select a location to save the policy, and then click Save.
  5. The AppLocker dialog box will notify you of how many rules were exported. Click OK.