SharePoint Online: Search Recycle Bin using PowerShell

Requirement: Search SharePoint online recycle bin for all files deleted by a particular user

How to search SharePoint Online Recycle Bin?
To find all items deleted by a particular user,
  • Navigate to your SharePoint online site, Click on Site Settings Gear >> Choose "Site Settings"
  • From the Site settings page, Click on "Recycle bin" from Site Collection Administration. This page gives you all deleted items in the site collection along with deleted by user data.
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PowerShell script to Search SharePoint Online Recycle bin:
Here is the SharePoint Online PowerShell to search recycle bin.
#Load SharePoint Online 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"
##Variables for Processing
$SiteUrl = ""

#Get the password to connect 
$Password = Read-host -assecurestring "Enter Password for $AdminUserName"
$Credentials = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.SharePointOnlineCredentials($AdminUserName,$Password)
Try {    
    #Setup the context
    $Context = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext($SiteUrl)
    $Context.Credentials = $Credentials
    #Get the site recycle bin
    $Site = $Context.Site
    $RecycleBinItems = $Site.RecycleBin

    #Get all items deleted by particular user in Recycle bin
    $DeletedByUser = $RecycleBinItems | Where {$_.DeletedByEmail -eq $DeletedByUserAccount}
    Write-Host "Total Number of Items deleted by user:" $DeletedByUser.Count
    #format output as table and print to console
    $DeletedByUser | Select Title, DeletedByEmail, DeletedDate | Format-Table
catch {
    write-host "Error: $($_.Exception.Message)" -foregroundcolor Red

PnP PowerShell to Get SharePoint Online Recycle bin Items:
#Config Variables
$SiteURL = ""

#Connect to PnP Online
Connect-PnPOnline -Url $SiteURL -Credentials (Get-Credential)

#Get Recycle bin Items
Get-PnPRecycleBinItem | Select Title, ItemType, Size, ItemState, DirName, DeletedByName, DeletedDate | Format-table -AutoSize
This PowerShell script gets all items from given SharePoint Online site collection's recycle bin:
sharepoint online powershell get recycle bin
SharePoint Online: Search Recycle Bin using PowerShell SharePoint Online: Search Recycle Bin using PowerShell Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on July 02, 2016 Rating: 5

1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    Great script, but I have a question to this? Will it be possible to resore items to you local server / pc added to this script.



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