Is it possible to export URL rewrite rules for IIS7?

I am setting up a duplicate of a website for internal use (testing) and want to duplicate all of the URL Rewrite rules without having to manually enter them.

There is an import option, but no obvious 'export'...


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I think you have 2 options:

You could look in the web.config file, and copy the <rewrite> section, then paste into the web.config file on the new system.

Or, you could use appcmd to export the rules to a file, and to import them on the new system:


appcmd list config "websitename/appname" -section:system.webServer/rewrite/rules -xml > rewriterules.xml

Import (globaly on the server):

appcmd set config -in < rewriterules.xml

Import for a specific website:

 appcmd set config "testWebsite\" -in < rewriterules.xml

You can also export any global rewrite rules using:

appcmd list config -section:system.webServer/rewrite/globalRules -xml > globalrewriterules.xml

The import command would be the same.

  • Cheers! I'm so used to working with Apache that I forgot about the web.config! Thanks again!
    – Matt
    Feb 16, 2010 at 21:02
  • for info on using appcmd check out here: learn.iis.net/page.aspx/114/getting-started-with-appcmdexe/…
    – brendan
    Nov 2, 2010 at 14:54
  • Your import command i.e. appcmd set config -in < rewriterules.xml imported globally and it really messed up the server until I realized my mistake. Aug 17, 2016 at 17:23
  • The command appcmd list config "websitename/appname" -section:system.webServer/rewrite/rules -xml > rewriterules.xml doesn't really export ehe rules to XML in IIS 10.5. There is no error, but the output XML is blank. Hoever when I execute appcmd list config "websitename/appname" -section:system.webServer/rewrite/rules I am getting all the rewrite rules on cmd.
    – keenUser
    Aug 3, 2020 at 8:38

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