removes a reference to an application


delete-application-ref [--help] [--target target]
 [--cascade=false] reference_name


The delete-application-ref subcommand removes a reference from a cluster or an unclustered server instance to an application. This effectively results in the application element being undeployed and no longer available on the targeted instance or cluster.

The target instance or instances making up the cluster need not be running or available for this subcommand to succeed. If one or more instances are not available, they will no longer load the application the next time they start.

Removal of the reference does not result in removal of the application from the domain. The bits are removed only by the undeploy subcommand.

This subcommand is supported in remote mode only.



Displays the help text for the subcommand.


Specifies the target from which you are removing the application reference. Valid values are

  • server- Specifies the default server instance as the target. server is the name of the default server instance and is the default value.

  • cluster_name- Specifies a certain cluster as the target.

  • instance_name- Specifies a certain stand-alone server instance as the target.


For a connector module, indicates whether the resources dependent on the module should also be recursively deleted. The default is false. The connector module can be either a stand-alone RAR file or a module within an EAR file.



The name of the application or module, which can be a Java EE application module, Web module, EJB module, connector module, application client module, or lifecycle module.

The name can include an optional version identifier, which follows the name and is separated from the name by a colon (:). The version identifier must begin with a letter or number. It can contain alphanumeric characters plus underscore (_), dash (-), and period (.) characters. To delete references to multiple versions, you can use an asterisk (*) as a wildcard character. For more information about module and application versions, see "Module and Application Versions" in Oracle GlassFish Server Application Deployment Guide.


Example 1   Deleting an Application Reference

The following example removes a reference to the Web module MyWebApp from the unclustered server instance NewServer.

asadmin> delete-application-ref --target NewServer MyWebApp
Command delete-application-ref executed successfully.

Exit Status


command executed successfully


error in executing the command

See Also

create-application-ref(1), list-application-refs(1), undeploy(1)


Oracle GlassFish Server Application Deployment Guide