Errors when you rename a SharePoint site address

This article lists common error messages that you may receive when you change or rename a SharePoint site address (URL). Based on the information in each message, you can determine why the site cannot be renamed and how to fix the error.

Error message

Solution

This site address is unavailable.

Choose a different name.

This site is locked.

Unlock the site and retry the rename.

This site is write locked.

Unlock the site and retry the rename.

This site is read-only.

Mark the site to read-write and retry the rename.

This site template is not supported for rename.

This site can't be renamed.

This is a Hub Site.

This site can't be renamed.

This is a top-level site.

This site can't be renamed.

The root site '<https://contoso.sharepoint.com>' for this tenant does not exist.

Restore the root site or create a new one.

This site's URL cannot be changed because it contains sites that are included in an eDiscovery hold or retention policy

This site can't be changed.

The target site URL is not a valid URL.

Use a valid target URL.

The target URL contains invalid characters or exceeds maximum length 128.

Don't contain unsupported characters and exceed maximum length 128 in the target URL.

The target site url shouldn't be empty.

Use a valid target site URL.

The Office 365 group does not exist.

Make sure the Office 365 group exists.

The Office 365 group is still being created.

Wait for the group to be created.

An address change is already in progress.

Wait for few minutes and the change should be done.

The new site name is too long.

The path for all files and folders in the site can't exceed 400 characters.

CurrentSiteUrl '<https://contoso.sharepoint.com/sites/currentsite>' has different ManagedPath with NewSiteUrl '<https://contoso.sharepoint.com/teams/newsite>'.

Only relative path rename is supported.

Information Rights Management (IRM) is applied to this site.

To change the site address, disable IRM for the site.

The site contains a SharePoint 2013 workflow.

The workflow might need to be republished after you change the site address.

An app is installed on the site.

The app might need to be recreated and reinstalled after you change the site address.

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