Sunday, September 01, 2013

Enable directory browsing for IIS 8 Server Express

Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web Update 3 comes with IIS 8 Server Express. By default, the server is configured not to list directory contents for security reasons. But since I am using it for development purposes, security is not my main concern but speed of development.

When trying to browse a directory, you may get this error message:

HTTP Error 403.14 - Forbidden The Web server is configured to not list the contents of this directory.

To enable browsing do:
  1. Open console (cmd.exe)
  2. Change directory to C:\Program Files\IIS Express
  3. Type appcmd set config /section:system.webServer/directo
    ryBrowse /enabled:true
    to enable browsing.


Chris Hawkes said...


Chris Hawkes said...


Anonymous said...

thanks man

Anonymous said...

it wokrs