SharePoint Online: Download a File from Library using PowerShell

Requirement: Download a File from SharePoint Online using PowerShell

How to Download File from SharePoint Online Library?
To download a file from the library, follow these steps:
  • Sign-in to SharePoint Online site >> Navigate to the library where your desired file is located
  • Right-click on the file and select "Download" option from the context menu.
    sharepoint online powershell download file
  • This gets you the "Save" prompt and the file gets saved in your client machine's Downloads directory.
  • In Modern Libraries, You can simply select the file(s) or folder and hit "Download" button from the toolbar. You can also download multiple files at once.
    powershell download file from sharepoint online
Now, How to download a file from SharePoint Online using PowerShell? Well, Here is the PowerShell script to download file from SharePoint Online!

SharePoint Online PowerShell to Download File from Library
Let's download documents from SharePoint Online document library using PowerShell. This CSOM PowerShell script downloads a file from the SharePoint Online document library (or any library!)
#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 Download-FileFromLibrary()
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$true)] [string] $SiteURL,
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$true)] [string] $SourceFile,
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$true)] [string] $TargetFile

    Try {
        #Setup Credentials to connect
        $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
        #sharepoint online powershell download file from library
        $FileInfo = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.File]::OpenBinaryDirect($Ctx,$SourceFile)
        $WriteStream = [System.IO.File]::Open($TargetFile,[System.IO.FileMode]::Create)

        Write-host -f Green "File '$SourceFile' Downloaded to '$TargetFile' Successfully!" $_.Exception.Message
    Catch {
        write-host -f Red "Error Downloading File!" $_.Exception.Message

#Set parameter values
$SourceFile="/sites/Sales/Shared Documents/Crescent Legal App Requirements.docx"  #Relative URL 

#Call the function to download file 
Download-FileFromLibrary -SiteURL $SiteURL -SourceFile $SourceFile -TargetFile $TargetFile 
To download all files from a SharePoint Online document library, use this script: SharePoint Online download multiple files using PowerShell

Download a File from SharePoint Online using PnP PowerShell 
We can copy files from SharePoint Online to local disk with PowerShell. Here is the PnP PowerShell to download a file from SharePoint Online:
#Config Variables
$SiteURL = ""
$FileRelativeURL = "/sites/Marketing/Shared Documents/Discloser Asia.docx"
$DownloadPath ="C:\Temp"

#Get Credentials to connect
$Cred = Get-Credential

Try {
    #Connect to PNP Online
    Connect-PnPOnline -Url $SiteURL -Credentials $Cred
    #powershell download file from sharepoint online
    Get-PnPFile -Url $FileRelativeURL -Path $DownloadPath -AsFile
catch {
    write-host "Error: $($_.Exception.Message)" -foregroundcolor Red
To download a folder from SharePoint Online using PowerShell, use: PowerShell to Download Folder from SharePoint Online


  1. How to download multiple files from sharepoint online using powershell. Above one is to download single file.

  2. How to download a file from SharePoint on premise site based on current date? any help will be much appreciated

  3. This is a great site for information. Thank you

    Do you have also sharepoint online powershell scripts that searches inside documents (docx, xlsx, pdf) for keywords? I could not find any.

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  5. Hello,

    I have a need to download a list of specific files from Sharepoint Online that are from different libraries to a network location. Do you have anything that accomplishes that task. Currently i have the list of file paths in sharepoint in a .csv file. I would like to read in that .csv and download the files.

    1. Say, you have a CSV file with "FileRelativeURL" column. Here is the PowerShell script you can utilize:

      #Get Data from CSV File
      $CSVData = Import-CSV -path "C:\SitesData.csv"

      #Iterate through each Row in the CSV
      foreach ($Row in $CSVData)
      #Download the File
      Get-PnPFile -Url $CSVData.FileRelativeURL -Path "C:\Downloads" -AsFile

    2. Doesn't work.

      Get-PnPFile : Cannot convert 'System.Object[]' to the type 'System.String' required by parameter 'Url'. Specified method is not supported.
      At line:15 char:18
      + Get-PnPFile -Url $CSVData.FileRelativeURL -path $DownloadPath -AsFile
      + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
      + CategoryInfo : InvalidArgument: (:) [Get-PnPFile], ParameterBindingException
      + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CannotConvertArgument,PnP.PowerShell.Commands.Files.GetFile

  6. Hi,
    is there a way to pass the credentials of the currently logged in user to the script?
    E.g. every user who gets the script via intune (so even outside of the Domain-Network and out of reach for the gpo's) automatically downloads a file from the SharePoint to a specific location on the device.

    Many thanks in advance.


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