Add Yes/No (Check Box) Field to SharePoint List using PowerShell

Requirement: Add Yes/No (Check box) field to SharePoint List.

How to Create a Yes/No Check box column in SharePoint List?

Follow these steps to add a Yes/No field to a SharePoint List:

  1. Browse your SharePoint site and navigate to the target list where you want to add the Yes/No column.
  2. Under the List tab, click the “Create Column” button in the ribbon.
  3. Provide the Name to your new column, and specify the type as “Yes/No Check box”. 
  4. Fill in other optional values such as field description, Default Value, and Click on “OK” to create a Yes/No check box field in the SharePoint list.
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SharePoint PowerShell to Create Yes/No Field in List or Library:

Use this PowerShell script to add the Yes/No column to the SharePoint list.

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

#Function to add Field to list
Function Add-YesNoFieldToList()
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$true)] [string] $SiteURL,
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$true)] [string] $ListName,
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$true)] [string] $FieldName,
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$true)] [string] $DisplayName,
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$false)] [string] $Description,
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$false)] [string] $DefaultValue = "0"
    #Generate new GUID for Field ID
    $FieldID = [guid]::newguid()
    Try {
        #Get Web List and Objects
        $Web = Get-SPWeb $SiteURL
        $List = $Web.Lists[$ListName]
        #Check if the Field exists in list already
        $Fields = $List.Fields
        $NewField = $Fields | where { ($_.Internalname -eq $Name) -or ($_.Title -eq $DisplayName) }
        if($NewField -ne $NULL)  
            Write-host "Field '$FieldName' already exists in the List!" -f Yellow
            #Define XML for Field Schema
            $FieldSchema = "<Field Type='Boolean' ID='{$FieldID}' DisplayName='$DisplayName' Name='$FieldName' Description='$Description'><Default>$DefaultValue</Default></Field>"
            $NewField = $List.Fields.AddFieldAsXml($FieldSchema,$True,[Microsoft.SharePoint.SPAddFieldOptions]::AddFieldToDefaultView)
            Write-host "New Field Added to the List Successfully!" -ForegroundColor Green  
    Catch {
        write-host -f Red "Error Adding Field to List!" $_.Exception.Message

#Set parameter values
$DisplayName="Is Active"
$Description="Specify if the Project is Active"
$DefaultValue="1" #0 for No / 1 for Yes
#Call the function to add field to list
Add-YesNoFieldToList -SiteURL $SiteURL -ListName $ListName -FieldName $FieldName -DisplayName $DisplayName -Description $Description -DefaultValue $DefaultValue 

The field schema supports more attributes such as Group, Indexed, ShowInNewForm, etc. Refer to this MSDN link for the complete field schema:

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