SharePoint Online: Copy Attachments from One List to Another using PowerShell

Requirement: Copy Attachment from one list to another in SharePoint Online.

PowerShell to Copy Attachment to Another List in SharePoint Online:
Had a requirement to copy attachments between SharePoint Online lists. (only attachment - Not list items!). This script gets the attachments from source list, searches the matching list item based on "Mapping Column" value and attaches list attachments to the destination list items.
#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 Copy-Attachments()
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$true)] [string] $SiteURL,
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$true)] [string] $SourceListName,
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$true)] [string] $TargetListName,
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$false)] [string] $MappingColumn="Title"
    Try {
    #Setup Credentials to connect
    $Cred = Get-Credential
    $Cred = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.SharePointOnlineCredentials($Cred.UserName,$Cred.Password)
    #Setup the context
    $Ctx = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext($SiteURL)
    $Ctx.Credentials = $Cred

    #Get the Source List & Target Lists
    $SourceList = $Ctx.Web.Lists.GetByTitle($SourceListName)
    $TargetList = $Ctx.Web.Lists.GetByTitle($TargetListName)
    #Get All Items
    $SourceListItems = $SourceList.GetItems([Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.CamlQuery]::CreateAllItemsQuery())
    $TargetListItems = $TargetList.GetItems([Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.CamlQuery]::CreateAllItemsQuery())

    #Iterate through each list item from source
    ForEach($SourceItem in $SourceListItems)
        #Get All attachments from the List Item
        $AttachmentsColl = $SourceItem.AttachmentFiles

        #Get Matching List item in the target list
        $ListItem = $TargetListItems | Where { $_[$MappingColumn] -eq $SourceItem[$MappingColumn]}
        if($ListItem -ne $null)
            #Get attachment for each list item
            ForEach($Attachment in $AttachmentsColl)
                $AttachmentCreation = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.AttachmentCreationInformation

                #Get the Source attachment
                $FileContent = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.File]::OpenBinaryDirect($Ctx, $Attachment.ServerRelativeUrl)
                $Buffer = New-Object byte[]($FileContent.length)
                $BytesRead = $$Buffer, 0, $Buffer.Length)
                $ContentStream = New-Object -TypeName System.IO.MemoryStream ($Buffer)

                $AttachmentCreation.ContentStream = $ContentStream
                $AttachmentCreation.FileName = $Attachment.FileName 

    write-host  -f Green "List Attachments Copied from '$SourceListName' to '$TargetListName' !"
    Catch {
        write-host -f Red "Error Copying List Attachments!" $_.Exception.Message

#Set Parameters
$SiteURL= ""
$TargetListName="Project Temp"

#Call the function to copy list items
Copy-Attachments -siteURL $SiteURL -SourceListName $SourceListName -TargetListName $TargetListName 

PnP PowerShell to Copy Attachments between List Items
Here is the PnP PowerShell way to copy attachments between list items in SharePoint Online
$SiteURL= ""
$ListName = "Config"

#Function to copy attachments between list items
Function Copy-SPOAttachments($SourceItem, $TargetItem)
    Try {  
        #Get All Attachments from Source
        $Attachments = Get-PnPProperty -ClientObject $SourceItem -Property "AttachmentFiles"
        $Attachments | ForEach-Object {
        #Download the Attachment to Temp
        $File  = Get-PnPFile -Url $_.ServerRelativeUrl -FileName $_.FileName -Path $env:TEMP -AsFile -force

        #Add Attachment to Target List Item
        $FileStream = New-Object IO.FileStream(($env:TEMP+"\"+$_.FileName),[System.IO.FileMode]::Open)  
        $AttachmentInfo = New-Object -TypeName Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.AttachmentCreationInformation
        $AttachmentInfo.FileName = $_.FileName
        $AttachmentInfo.ContentStream = $FileStream
        $AttachFile = $TargetItem.AttachmentFiles.add($AttachmentInfo)
        #Delete the Temporary File
        Remove-Item -Path $env:TEMP\$($_.FileName) -Force
    Catch {
        write-host -f Red "Error Copying Attachments:" $_.Exception.Message

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

#Get Source and Target List Items
$SourceItem = Get-PnPListItem -List $ListName -Id 1
$TargetItem = Get-PnPListItem -List $ListName -Id 4

#Call the function to copy attachments between list items
Copy-SPOAttachments $SourceItem $TargetItem
If you want to copy list attachment to document library, use: SharePoint Online: Copy Attachment from List to Document Library
SharePoint Online: Copy Attachments from One List to Another using PowerShell SharePoint Online: Copy Attachments from One List to Another using PowerShell Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on February 10, 2017 Rating: 5


  1. I think you you put more comments in the code so that the people who are no that expert in PS can understand a bit better the code. Thanks for sharing the wisdom though!

  2. Copied attachment is blank always. IS there a workaround?

  3. Only One character of the file content is being copied. Any alternatives?


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