How to Create Default Groups in SharePoint Site?

The default SharePoint groups are created automatically when you create a site collection through SharePoint Web UI. But, when you create SharePoint sites programmatically or with PowerShell (E.g. New-SPSite or New-SPWeb), The default site groups (such as Visitors, Members, Owners) are not created automatically!

Default groups creation from UI: You can get the default group page from SharePoint UI by navigating to: . Enter group details and hit “Save”.

How to Create Default Site Groups in SharePoint

How to create the default SharePoint groups?
You have to call the method: SPWeb.CreateDefaultAssociatedGroups explicitly to create default user groups in SharePoint.

Create Default User Groups programmatically using PowerShell:

Add-PSSnapin microsoft.sharepoint.powershell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

#Variables for Site collection
$SiteURL =""
$Site = Get-SPSite $SiteURL

#get the Root Web object
$RootWeb = $Site.RootWeb

$GroupOwner = "i:0#.w|global\salaudeen" 
$RootWeb.CreateDefaultAssociatedGroups($GroupOwner, "", $RootWeb.title)

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack is a SharePoint Architect with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. He loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with the SharePoint community, through his real-world articles!

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