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New Developer Dashboard in SharePoint 2013

Posted by Jean Paul on March 17, 2014

In this article we can explore the new Developer Dashboard in SharePoint 2013.

What is Developer Dashboard?

Developer Dashboard is an Instrumentation Framework. It allows us to trace request, SQL queries, and ULS logs within the browser.

The URL for accessing Developer Dashboard is:


Following is the screen shot of the latest Developer Dashboard.


How to enable Developer Dashboard?

By default the Developer Dashboard is disabled.

We have to turn it to ON state from the current OFF state. To turn it ON, open the SharePoint Command Window (In Administrative Mode) & enter the following PowerShell command.

if ((Get-PSSnapin “Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell” -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) -eq $null)
    Add-PSSnapin “Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell”

$content = ([Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWebService]::ContentService)

$dashboardSettings =$content.DeveloperDashboardSettings

$dashboardSettings.DisplayLevel = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPDeveloperDashboardLevel]::On


On enabling it, we can see the Dashboard icon in default master page.


Please note that you can get the PowerShell Snapin Script from here:


We can click on each Request URL to view the associated Instrumentation data:

1. Server Info

2. Scopes

3. SQL

4. SPRequests

5. Asserts

6. Service Calls

7. ULS

8. Cache Calls


Using the SQL tab, we can extract the SQL associated with a request.


You can click on the SELECT link to see the query associated.



Using the ULS tab, we can extract the Unified Logging Service outputs associated with a request.



Please note in SharePoint 2010 we had the ULS integrated with the page which lead to page loading performance issues.



In this article we have explored New Developer Dashboard & How to enable it.

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