Sync SharePoint List Data from a CSV File using PowerShell

Requirement: We have a SharePoint list with several fields to capture organization-wide people Expertise. This list has a particular field called “Team” and is to be updated from a CSV file of 100+ rows. Yes, the Datasheet view can help, but the problem is: The Team field value to be updated on items matching the “AccountName” field of the SharePoint list and CSV file.

Sync SharePoint List Data from a CSV File using PowerShell


Let’s write a PowerShell script to select the matching row from the CSV file to the SharePoint list and then update it.

PowerShell Script to sync SharePoint List data from CSV File:

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue
#Read the CSV file
$CSVData = Import-CSV -path "C:\Expertdata.csv" 
#Get the Web
$web = Get-SPWeb -identity ""
#Get the Target List
$list = $web.Lists["ExpertProfiles"]
$TeamsLookupList =  $web.Lists["Teams"]

#Iterate through each Row in the CSV
foreach ($row in $CSVData) 
   #Get the matching Row from Experts List in SharePoint
   $item = $list.Items | Where-Object {$_["AccountName"] -eq $row.AccountName}
     if($item -ne $null)
         Write-Host "Found Matching User in the Experts List:"$row.AccountName
         #If the CSV data has valid Team data
         if( ( $row.Team -ne $null) -and ( $row.Team -ne [string]::Empty) )
             #Get Team Field Value (Lookup column) from the Expert Item
             $ExpertTeam = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.SPFieldLookupValue($Item["Team"])

             #If the current Team Value is empty or Null 
             if ( ($ExpertTeam.LookupValue -eq $null) -or ( $ExpertTeam.LookupValue -eq [string]::Empty))
                #Get the Team from Parent Lookup List
                $LookupItem = $TeamsLookupList.Items | where {$_["Team"] -eq $row.Team} | Select-Object -First 1
                $item["Team"] = $LookupItem.ID
                Write-Host "Updated Team in:"$row.AccountName -ForegroundColor Green

I’ve added additional validations, such as: Checking if the current Team field value is empty as per the business requirements.

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack - SharePoint Expert with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. Love to Share my knowledge and experience with the SharePoint community, through real-time articles!

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