SharePoint Online: Rename Folder using PowerShell

Requirement: Rename a Folder in SharePoint Online.

sharepoint online rename folder using powershell

How to Rename a Folder in SharePoint Online?

Do you need to rename a folder in SharePoint Online? This blog post will show you how to rename a folder in SharePoint Online. This process is simple and can be completed in a few easy steps.

To rename a folder in a SharePoint Online document library, do the following:

  • Open the document library in the browser, Right-click on the folder you want to rename, and then click “Rename”. (Or you can select a folder, click on “Rename” button in the toolbar!)
    sharepoint online rename folder
  • On Rename pop-up window, type the new name for the folder and then click on the “Save” button.

Please note, Renaming the SharePoint Online folder will impact the URL of the folder! You also get the “Rename” option from the toolbar! Now, let’s see the SharePoint Online PowerShell to rename a folder.

You can also rename a folder by using the Explorer View!

PowerShell to Rename Folder in SharePoint Online

Here is how you can rename a folder in SharePoint Online using PowerShell:

#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"
$FolderURL="/sites/marketing/Project Documents/Active" #Server Relative URLs
$FolderNewURL="/sites/marketing/Project Documents/InActive"

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 Folder
    $Folder = $Ctx.Web.GetFolderByServerRelativeUrl($FolderURL)
    #Rename Folder

    Write-host -f Green "Folder has been renamed to new URL:"$FolderNewURL
Catch {
    write-host -f Red "Error Renaming Folder!" $_.Exception.Message

SharePoint Online: PnP PowerShell to Rename Folder

With the PnP PowerShell, let’s contract the above script. Here is the SharePoint Online PnP PowerShell to rename a folder:

#Config Variables
$SiteURL = ""
$FolderURL= "Shared Documents/Reports" #Site Relative URL
$FolderNewName ="Reports Archive"

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

#Rename the Folder
Rename-PnPFolder -Folder $FolderURL -TargetFolderName $FolderNewName

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!

13 thoughts on “SharePoint Online: Rename Folder using PowerShell

  • what is the limitation number of items for renaming a folder?

  • How can I rename multiple folders? I have several folders and should rename them

  • The concern now is that it appears the authentication methods have changed. I get an error with this function,. (Get-Credential)

  • can we do this for list of ondrive users from a csv file using their onedrive url?

  • Put the Library as read only then set permissions on the folder

  • Hi i need block the rename of folder. Can you help me, say me how i make that?

  • I have 25000 items list in online site, could you please tell me this script will work to delete list colunm.

  • It didnt work with relative url, i set the full url and it worked !
    Thanks for the script

    • This also isnt working for me with the relative url. How did you use the full URL?

    • The CSOM method uses server relative URL! E.g. If you have a site at “” then the folder “Active” under “Shared Documents” document library’s server relative URL is: /sites/marketing/Shared Documents/Active”

      Whereas the PnP PowerShell uses site relative URL. So here in this case, the site relative URL of the folder is: /Shared Documents/Active


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