Process with an ID #### is not running on Visual Studio 2015 - How to fix it

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If you're working with Visual Studio on recent Windows versions, such as Windows 10, you might stumble upon the following error when trying to open an ASP.NET Core or MVC solution:

Process with an ID #### is not running on Visual Studio 2015

If you look to the Visual Studio error log window panel, you should also see something like that:

This is clearly an IISExpress error. It's worth noting that the solution will still be launched in debug mode, but the web browser will be unable to connect to the application, giving the following permanent error:

Unable to launch the IIS Express Web server.

The start URL specified is not valid. https://localhost:#####/

The first thing you should try is to  perform a full cleanup of the whole solution and then try to rebuild/debug it. If this preliminary task doesn't work for you, there are many workaround that might fix this issue: we suggest to try them one after another, stopping only when you manage to fix it.

  1. Delete the \Documents\IISExpress folder using the following console command:
    rmdir /s /q "%userprofile%\Documents\IISExpress"
  2. Delete the applicationhost.config file which is placed within the \.vs\Config\ folder in your Visual Studio project root folder.
  3. Close Visual Studio and re-start it with Administrative priviledges (right-click > Run as Administrator).
  4. Change the project's website random URL: within Visual Studio, right-click to the project node in Solution Explorer, then select Properties; navigate through the Web panel, then change the number in the Project Url textbox value.
  5. Add the _CSRUN_DISABLE_WORKAROUNDS Environment System variable with the value of 1 as shown in the following screenshot (thanks to Juan M. Elosegui for reporting this on this SO thread and for the image):

Process with an ID #### is not running on Visual Studio 2015 - How to fix it

In case you manage to fix the issue, let us know which of the given workarounds worked for you by leaving a feedback in this post's comment section.

That's it for now: happy coding!


About Ryan

IT Project Manager, Web Interface Architect and Lead Developer for many high-traffic web sites & services hosted in Italy and Europe. Since 2010 it's also a lead designer for many App and games for Android, iOS and Windows Phone mobile devices for a number of italian companies. Microsoft MVP for Development Technologies since 2018.

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27 Comments on “Process with an ID #### is not running on Visual Studio 2015 - How to fix it”

  1. I tried several options and it worked after following 1 to 4. The step number 5 doesn’t seem to have any kind of effect at least in my environment.

  2. Option 2 :(Delete the applicationhost.config file which is placed within the .vsConfig folder in your Visual Studio project root folder) worked for me. Thank you

  3. Options 1 – 4 worked for me. Did not try option 5. I tried to get my project to work for almost two days before I found your site. Thank you.


  4. The problem first shown up when I moved projects to a different folder. Tried to run the project 3 times, then I I just cleaned up the whole solution and rebuilt it. After that the project is debugging fine. That means: I did not deleted those files you are talking about nor IISExpress folder.
    I just kept Visual Studio opened and rebuilt the solution

    1. That’s strange, these workarounds usually works. Let us know if you find an alternative workaround to fix your specific issue so that we can add your method to our post!

  5. i am frustrated from this error (process with an id of ### is not running ).
    i have tried all steps mentioned above but can not get rid of this error.
    anyone please suggest me something.

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