Webroot & wwwroot

Posted on 2005-05-09
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
What is the difference -- if any -- between the webroot and  wwwroot folders?
Question by:birmbear
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    wwwroot is the folder where your default IIS website is pointing to.  It's usually C:\Inetpub\wwwroot.  This applies to IIS 5 (Windows 2000) and IIS 6 (Windows XP/2003).

    As far as webroot, I'm not sure where you see that.  It's not something that comes with Windows by default.  Which version of Windows are you running and what IIS options do you have installed; ie. World Wide Web Service, FTP Service, SMTP, etc.

    Good luck,
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    "webroot" is a generic name to call the root of your site.
    "wwwroot" is the default value of "webroot" in IIS but it can be modified i guess.
    there is no such thing as "wwwroot" in apache for example.

    Author Comment

    Actually, I see both folders, and they contain the same thing.  Maybe one gets created by default by IIS when one installs Windows XP, and the other gets installed by default by .NET?????

    Thanks for getting back to me, fellas.

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    .NET does not create Webroot folder.  I use XP and I have IIS and .NET installed.  No Webroot folder for me.  Where exactly is the Webroot folder?  Could you give us the absolute paths for both wwwroot and webroot?


    Author Comment

    After reading what you guys said, I've investigated further.  It looks now like someone created webroot for their own dev work...and so there it is.

    Thanks for all your help.


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