I failed to find official article about how to enable Developer Dashboard for SP2016. The only one I can find is this old one for SP2010 foundation.

The PowerShell script it suggested is :

(Get-SPFarm).PerformanceMonitor.DeveloperDashboardLevel = "On"

However I also find some other blogs recommend this one:

$var = Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWebService]::ContentService.DeveloperDashboardSettings;  
$var.DisplayLevel = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPDeveloperDashboardLevel]::On  

Are they actually the same? Or they have different behavior?

2 Answers 2


Use below code to enable developer dashboard:

$ContentService = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWebService]::ContentService   
$DevDashboard = $ContentService.DeveloperDashboardSettings    
$DevDashboard.DisplayLevel = "On"    

Note: Make sure that you have an active and running "Usage and Health Service Application" service application as developer dashboard directly depends on it.

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Reference: Enable Developer Dashboard In SharePoint Server 2016

  • Is the result same as Michael's answer? Displaylevel should be a string or a level datatype?
    – Mark L
    Commented Oct 13, 2020 at 16:10
  • @MarkL, currently I don't have access to 2016 environment. So, didn't get a chance to test this. But, this should work for you. please try at your end once. Commented Oct 13, 2020 at 16:33
  • I tested both answer work. Thanks.
    – Mark L
    Commented Oct 14, 2020 at 0:42
  • Glad, it worked for you. Commented Oct 14, 2020 at 4:01

Just did a test in my SP16, The Official PowerShell example (Get-SPFarm).PerformanceMonitor.DeveloperDashboardLevel = "On" doesnot work. I get the error like this:

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I find this article with the similar issue: https://techtrainingnotes.blogspot.com/2010/05/sharepoint-2010-developer-dashboard.html

You need to use the second one. This works for me.

$var = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWebService]::ContentService.DeveloperDashboardSettings;  
$var.DisplayLevel = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPDeveloperDashboardLevel]::On  

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