IIS Express – HTTP Error 400. The request hostname is invalid.

The following is the fix for the error “HTTP Error 400. The request hostname is invalid” when trying to browse an IIS Express site using a different host name or IP address.

1. Exit the IIS Express instant currently running.

2. Open IIS Express’s applicationhost.config located at the following path C:\Users\<user>\Documents\IISExpress\config\applicationhost.config

3. Find the entry for a particular site (e.g “Test” running in port 6306) which you are developing.


4. Replace the following

bindingInformation=”*:6306:localhost” with bindingInformation=”*:6306:*

5. Save the file.

6. Start a command prompt in administrator mode and run the following command.

7. Now debug the site again and you should be able to access the url using IP address or host name.


  1. thanks for sharing this but when  bindingInformation changed VS2013 fails to load project till I revert changes

  2. Thank you so much for sharing. Worked perfectly for me.

  3. You’re my hero!

    I was stuck getting my android emulator to connect to my local host and after I got all the code right I was getting the same erro and this fixed it.

    Thanks so much!

  4. Fuckin thanks man, holy crap, you saved the little hair I have left in my balding head

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