Application already exists in the configuration repository


you may get “Application already exists in the configuration repository” error while trying to deploy a application to websphere application server.

This error can come under following conditions:

  • Deploying an application and it already exists
  • Re-Deploying an application whose deployment failed before for some reason
  • undeployment failed but there is no reference of the application in admin console

For example, you are deploying a large application using wsadmin and got a soap timeout or out of memory before application is saved. Then you change the timeout/heap and try to deploy your applciation… in this case above error can come.


  • Stop the target JVM
  • Delete all the contents of temp and wstempfolder.
  • Go to WAS_INSTALL_DIR\profiles\<profileName>\config\cells\<cellName>\nodes\<nodeName>\
  • Edit the file serverindex.xml for an entry for our application within the tag<deployedApplications>xxx.ear</deployedApplications> (delete this line)
  • Do a search for your ear file in the file system and delete all the occurrences of the XXX.earfolder
  • Restart WAS
  • deploy the application

4 thoughts on “Application already exists in the configuration repository

  1. Use find command to search the particlar application..
    find -name “Applicationname.ear” and remove all the instance..For me I have to remove it from .


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