Category Archives: Performance

Looking for the SharePoint Developer Dashboard? Look no more!

This tool is useful for measuring the behaviour and performance of individual pages.

Can be used to monitor page load and performance

It has three states:

  • On,
  • Off,
  • On demand.

Activating the Developer Dashboard

Developer Dashboard is a utility that is available in all SharePoint 2010 versions, and can be enabled in a few different ways:

  • PowerShell
  • STSADM.exe
  • SharePoint Object Model (API’s)

Activate the Developer Dashboard using STSADM.EXE

The Developer Dashboard state can only be toggled with a STSADM command

  • ON:

STSADM –o setproperty –pn developer-dashboard –pv on

  • OFF:

STSADM –o setproperty –pn developer-dashboard –pv off


STSADM –o setproperty –pn developer-dashboard –pv ondemand

Activate the Developer Dashboard using PowerShell:

$DevDashboardSettings = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWebService]::


$DevDashboardSettings.DisplayLevel = ‘OnDemand’;

$DevDashboardSettings.RequiredPermissions =’EmptyMask’;

$DevDashboardSettings.TraceEnabled = $true;


Activate the Developer Dashboard using the SharePoint Object Model

using Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration;

SPWebService svc = SPContext.Current.Site.WebApplication.WebService; svc.DeveloperDashboardSettings.DisplayLevel=SPDeveloperDashboardLevel.Off; svc.DeveloperDashboardSettngs.Update();

Where is it?


You can see the Developer Dashboard button In the top right.

Developer Dashboard 3 Border Colors

  • it has a Green border, that generally means it’s loading quick enough not to be a real problem.
  • It can also render Yellow, which indicates that there’s a slight delay and
  • it could render a Red border which would mean you definitely need to look into it immediately!


You see this Developer Dashboard has a yellow border color.