Is there an interface separate from the regular IIS manager?

When I search on IISExpress I find only a link to a folder full of logs related to IISExpress sites that had been spawned by Visual Studio.


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You can use WebMatrix, or Visual Studios to manage web sites in IIS Express.

Or, if you like the command line you can use the files located in c:\Program Files\IIS Express or c:\Program Files (x86)\IIS Express

  • No dude. There's a GUI app to manage it; you can download it from the Web Platform Installer. Mar 13, 2017 at 21:38
  • @BrainSlugs83, what is this GUI app called in Web PI? Alternately, what are the steps to find it?
    – Mathieu K.
    Apr 20, 2017 at 16:28
  • @BrainSlugs83, dude, there's a billion things in the WPI. Which one is it?
    – toddmo
    Apr 21, 2017 at 13:12
  • It's called Web Matrix Aug 9, 2017 at 14:42
  • WebMatrix is now dead, forums.iis.net/t/… . Also starting from 2014, I started an open source project Jexus Manager to fill the gaps Microsoft left, jexusmanager.com/en/latest
    – Lex Li
    Jul 15, 2018 at 19:22

There isn't an equivalent to the normal IIS7 control panel that I'm aware of, but when IIS Express is running there is usually a management tool that appears in the system tray that will let you do things like shut down or remove sites or recycle processes.

  • There is a GUI management tool, you just have to install it separately from the Web Platform Installer. Mar 13, 2017 at 21:39
  • where? how is it called? :) Feb 27, 2018 at 14:42
  • @BrainSlugs83 Even in 2017 you wouldn't get anything from Web Platform Installer to manage IIS Express in IIS Manager manner.
    – Lex Li
    Jul 15, 2018 at 19:23
  • @Lex Li, Awesome tool! You managed to do what a company valued at nearly $1T couldn't do. Microsoft could've added IIS Express support in IIS Manager with a laughably trivial amount of effort. You did it without an existing code base. I would bill Microsoft for the hours you spent on it.
    – user148298
    Dec 21, 2021 at 20:31
  • Thanks for the feedback, my friend. But my own answer here was kindly deleted by @MichaelHampton.
    – Lex Li
    Dec 22, 2021 at 0:24

There is an open source tool:



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You can download the management control panel from Here

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    That does not work for IIS Express.
    – Lex Li
    Jul 15, 2018 at 19:20

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