I found some orphaned features under _layouts/ManageFeatures.aspx?Scope=Site but they do not show up when I list them up with powershell (get-spgetfeature -site url). They are not in 14 hive and cannot be found through the SharePoint Manager.

What can I do to remove these features?

  • Similar question Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 15:49
  • stsadm -o uninstallfeature -id <GUID> -force Thanks a lot! It worked also for me
    – oli
    Commented Feb 14, 2020 at 17:51

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I have had this problem, too. The reason why they don't show up in PowerShell is the missing Scope, those feature are orphaned, indeed. We cannot use -Site parameter. What you can is to list it in PowerShell without -Site parameter and filter out those without Scope:

Get-SPFeature | ? { $_.Scope -eq $null }

This will give you a complete list of orphaned features.

Obviously, I had a lot of orphaned features on my Development Environment

Now you have to find your feature and delete it. You cannot use Id for getting your feature, neither use Unistall-SPFeature cmdlet with Id:

Uninstall-SPFeature : Cannot find a Feature object with Path or Id: a4d208a3-b4fa-4bca-bb34-be4d30156b63 in scope Local farm. At line:1 char:1 + Uninstall-SPFeature a4d208a3-b4fa-4bca-bb34-be4d30156b63 + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + CategoryInfo : InvalidData: (Microsoft.Share...ninstallFeature:SPCmdletUninstallFeature) [Uninstall-SPF eature], SPCmdletPipeBindException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell.SPCmdletUninstallFeature

The workaround is to use the DisplayName to get the spfeature (actually SPFeatureDefinition) and then delete it.

$feature = Get-SPFeature | ? { $_.DisplayName -eq "My_Orphane_Feature" }

I have tested this code and it has worked for me.

You can even use this code to clean all the orphaned features:

Get-SPFeature | ? { !$_.Scope } | % { $_.Delete() }

This line of code gets all the orphaned features and removes them.

BUT be extremely careful with this " Get-SPFeature | ? { !$.Scope } | % { $.Delete() }" as in some cases it removed the Farm Features in Central Administration which is a big issue only running the configuration wizard helped.

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    Thanks, just had to use this myself - one dev box, multiple dev branches, not retracting a newer branch before deploying an older one = orphaned features when deploying the old one over the new :(
    – James Love
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 15:10
  • Thanks this worked! Used Uninstall-SPFeature and stsadm -o uninstallfeature but none worked..then finally found your script above and that worked! Commented Feb 17, 2015 at 15:48
  • What can I do if it is not in the list of features? But it shows in the log... Commented Jul 8, 2016 at 8:14
  • Thank you! Added this to my "useful scripts" onenote notebook...
    – FolcoTook
    Commented May 31, 2017 at 16:04
  • BE VERY CAREFUL WITH THIS: These features may show up as orphaned on one server, but not others. Run Get-SPFeature | ? { !$_.Scope } on all servers in your farm before deciding they are orphaned.
    – Nacht
    Commented Jun 14, 2018 at 4:29

To my surprise this worked for me:

stsadm -o uninstallfeature -id <id-of-feature-missing> -force 

Found in this blog post Sharing Minds - by Anthony Butcher


You can try tu use

SharePoint Manager 2010 or

SharePoint Feature Administration and Clean Up Tool


You can try this and second Reference, this one I have refered fist time.

For this you need the add the Feature Id and then -Force is important. Without force it works sometimes but definitely works with -Force. Hope this will be helpful.


I used following command to remove feature from Site Collection Administration : Features interface

stsadm -o uninstallfeature -id <GUID> -force

GUID of feature (which you want to remove) can be found in View Source of page.

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    this is actually the same as my answer 3 months earlier :D Commented Nov 30, 2017 at 8:23

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