SharePoint Online: Add Column to List Content Type using PowerShell

Requirement: Add a field to list content type in SharePoint Online.

How to Add a column to a List or Library Content type in SharePoint Online?

PowerShell is a powerful scripting language that can help automate many tasks in SharePoint. There may be times when you need to add a column to a list content type. You could do this manually, but it can be time-consuming if you have lots of lists and content types. This blog post will show you how to add a column to a SharePoint Online list content type using PowerShell.

If you want to add a field to a list or library’s content type, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the list or library settings >> Click on the appropriate content type name from the list settings page.
  2. On the List Content Type page, under the columns section, click on the “Add from existing site or list columns” link
  3. Select the appropriate column group and then select the column you want to add to the content type, click on the “Add” button, and then OK to add that column to your content type.
    sharepoint online powershell add field to list content type

You can add columns either from the existing list’s columns or from site columns.

SharePoint Online: PowerShell to Add Field to List Content Type

Let’s add a field to list content type using PowerShell. Here is how to use PowerShell to add a column to a list content type:

#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 Add-ColumnToListContentType()
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$true)] [string] $SiteURL,
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$true)] [string] $ListName,
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$true)] [string] $ContentTypeName,
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$true)] [string] $ColumnName,
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$false)] [bool] $IsSiteColumn=$True

    Try {
        $Cred= Get-Credential
        $Credentials = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.SharePointOnlineCredentials($Cred.Username, $Cred.Password)

        #Setup the context
        $Ctx = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext($SiteURL)
        $Ctx.Credentials = $Credentials
        #Get the List
        $List = $Ctx.Web.Lists.GetByTitle($ListName)

        #Get the content type from list
        $ContentTypeColl = $List.ContentTypes
        #Check if the content type exists in the list        
        $ContentType = $ContentTypeColl | Where {$_.Name -eq $ContentTypeName}
        If($ContentType -eq $Null)
            Write-host "Content Type '$ContentTypeName' doesn't exists in '$ListName'" -f Yellow

        #Get the column to add: Either site column or existing list's column
            $ColumnColl = $Ctx.Web.Fields
        else #List Column
            $ColumnColl = $List.Fields
        $Column = $ColumnColl | Where {$_.Title -eq $ColumnName}
        #Check if given column exists
        if($Column -eq $Null)
            Write-host "Column '$ColumnName' doesn't exists!" -f Yellow
            #Check if column already added to the content type
            $FieldCollection = $ContentType.Fields
            $Field = $FieldCollection | Where {$_.Title -eq $ColumnName}
            if($Field -ne $Null)
                Write-host "Column '$ColumnName' Already Exists in the content type!" -f Yellow
            #Add field to content type
            $FieldLink = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.FieldLinkCreationInformation
            $FieldLink.Field = $Column
            Write-host "Column '$ColumnName' Added to '$ContentTypeName' Successfully!" -ForegroundColor Green
    Catch {
        write-host -f Red "Error Adding Column to Content Type!" $_.Exception.Message

#Set parameter values
$ColumnName="Head Count"

#Call the function
Add-ColumnToListContentType -SiteURL $SiteURL -ListName $ListName -ContentTypeName $ContentTypeName -ColumnName $ColumnName 

Based on the “IsSiteColumn” parameter value, this script can either add a site column or list column to a given content type.

PnP PowerShell to Add a Column to List Content Type in SharePoint Online

$SiteURL = ""
$ListName = "Projects"
$ContentTypeName = "Crescent Project V2"
$FieldName = "Department" 

Try {
    #Connect to PnP Online
    Connect-PnPOnline -Url $SiteURL -Interactive
    #Get the Content Type from the List
    $ContentType = Get-PnPContentType -Identity $ContentTypeName -List $ListName

    #Add a column list
    $Field =  Add-PnPField -List $ListName -DisplayName $FieldName -InternalName $FieldName -Type Choice -Choices "Sales","Marketing","Purchase" -AddToDefaultView

    #Add the column to Content type
    Add-PnPFieldToContentType -Field $Field -ContentType $ContentType
Catch {
    write-host "Error: $($_.Exception.Message)" -foregroundcolor Red

If you need to add a field to the site content type, use: SharePoint Online: How to Add a Site Column to Content Type using PowerShell?

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack - Information Technology Expert with Two decades of hands-on experience, specializing in SharePoint, PowerShell, Microsoft 365, and related products. Passionate about sharing the deep technical knowledge and experience to help others, through the real-world articles!

One thought on “SharePoint Online: Add Column to List Content Type using PowerShell

  • Hi I am not able to get this to pull in the site column. Any idea why not?


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