SharePoint Online: Find Who Created a List or Library using PowerShell

Requirement: Find Who has created a list or library in SharePoint Online.
Find Who Created a List or Library in SharePoint Online using PowerShell

Get Who Created a Library in SharePoint Online:
If you want to find out who has created a SharePoint Online list or library: Sorry! There is no way from SharePoint web user Interface! You can't get "Created By" value anywhere. But PowerShell can help!

SharePoint Online: Find Who Created a List using PowerShell
We don't have List.Author property exposed in CSOM. However, We can extract author information from SchemaXML of the list.
#Load SharePoint CSOM Assemblies
Add-Type -Path "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\16\ISAPI\Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.dll"
Add-Type -Path "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\16\ISAPI\Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Runtime.dll"

#Function to call a non-generic method Load
Function Invoke-LoadMethod() 
{
   param([Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientObject]$Object,[string]$PropertyName)
   $ctx = $Object.Context
   $load = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext].GetMethod("Load")
   $type = $Object.GetType()
   $clientLoad = $load.MakeGenericMethod($type)
   $Parameter = [System.Linq.Expressions.Expression]::Parameter(($type), $type.Name)
   $Expression = [System.Linq.Expressions.Expression]::Lambda([System.Linq.Expressions.Expression]::Convert([System.Linq.Expressions.Expression]::PropertyOrField($Parameter,$PropertyName),[System.Object] ), $($Parameter))
   $ExpressionArray = [System.Array]::CreateInstance($Expression.GetType(), 1)
   $ExpressionArray.SetValue($Expression, 0)
   $clientLoad.Invoke($ctx,@($Object,$ExpressionArray))
}

#Function to get user who created a SharePoint Online List or library
Function Get-SPOListAuthor($SiteURL,$ListName)
{
    Try
    {
        #Get Credentials to connect
        $Cred= Get-Credential

        #Setup the context
        $Ctx = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext($SiteURL)
        $Ctx.Credentials = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.SharePointOnlineCredentials($Cred.Username, $Cred.Password)

        #Get the List
        $List=$Ctx.Web.Lists.GetByTitle($ListName)
        $Ctx.Load($List)
        $Ctx.ExecuteQuery()

        #Get List Schema XML
        Invoke-LoadMethod -Object $List -PropertyName "SchemaXML"
        $Ctx.ExecuteQuery()

        #Extract Author from List Schema XML
        $ListSchema =  [xml] $List.SchemaXml
        $AuthorID = $ListSchema.List.Author
        $Author = $Ctx.web.GetUserById($AuthorID)
        $Ctx.Load($Author)
        $Ctx.ExecuteQuery()
        Return $Author
    }
    Catch {
        write-host -f Red "Error:" $_.Exception.Message
    }
}

#Set Parameters
$SiteURL="https://crescenttech.sharepoint.com"
$ListName="Documents"

Get-SPOListAuthor -SiteURL $SiteURL -ListName $ListName
SharePoint Online: Find Who Created a List or Library using PowerShell SharePoint Online: Find Who Created a List or Library using PowerShell Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on March 04, 2018 Rating: 5

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