I want to restore a single sharePoint site from a site collection backup. My question is, is this possible. And how is this possible.

Are there any useful commands?


3 Answers 3


You can't restore a site from site collection backup. Couple of things you can do.

So big thing, if you have access to Production farm.

  1. You can export the Site from production and restore it. Use export-spweb & import-spweb
  2. You can use the Central admin and export the site.
  3. If you have the Content Database Backup then you can export the web using the Unattached Content Database method. Then import it.
  4. If you have site collection backup then restore the site collection in different farm then export and import the site.

A Site Collection backup contains all Webs within the Site Collection. It is not possible to extract any one particular Web from the Site Collection for restore.

  • How can I restore a single site in a different way?
    – Rickson
    Apr 11, 2016 at 15:30
  • 2
    Using an unattached Content Database backup will allow you to restore down to the List level, if you want. That is the route I'd take barring 3rd party migration tools.
    – user6024
    Apr 11, 2016 at 15:32
  • Can you please explain how this works?
    – Rickson
    Apr 11, 2016 at 15:34
  • @TrevorSeward is this possible to share your experience with 3rd party tools and name of them and demonstrate benchmark or give us links Oct 13, 2016 at 2:20

at first run SharePoint Management Shell then past the below code..

Restore-SPSite http://sptest/sites/testbackup -Path C:\backupfile.bak -force


http://sptest/sites/testbackup ---> is the site collection name.

C:\backupfile.bak ---> is the file path.

  • This answer won't work for the OP, since this will overwrite the entire site collection with the backed up data. He wants to restore a single site within a site collection using a site collection backup.
    – wjervis
    Feb 23, 2017 at 11:47

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