SharePoint Online: Get All Files from a Folder using PowerShell

Requirement: SharePoint Online PowerShell to list files in a folder

PowerShell to Get Files from Folder in SharePoint Online:

Have you ever needed to get all the files from a folder in SharePoint Online? Maybe you are migrating files to a different location and need to grab everything from the folder. Or, perhaps you just want a quick way to get all the files from a given folder without having to navigate through each one. Whatever your reason, PowerShell can help! This blog post will show you how to use PowerShell to get all the files from a given folder in SharePoint Online.

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Let’s retrieve all files from a given folder in the SharePoint Online document library 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"

Function Get-FilesFromFolder()
{
    param
    (
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$true)] [string] $SiteURL,
        [Parameter(Mandatory=$true)] [string] $FolderURL
    )
    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 Folder and Files
        $Folder=$Ctx.Web.GetFolderByServerRelativeUrl($FolderURL)
        $Ctx.Load($Folder)
        $Ctx.Load($Folder.Files)
        $Ctx.ExecuteQuery()

        #Iterate through each File in the folder
        Foreach($File in $Folder.Files)
        {
            #Get Name for each File
            Write-Host $File.Name
        }
    }
    Catch {
        write-host -f Red "Error Getting Files from Folder!" $_.Exception.Message
    }
}

#Set Parameter Values
$SiteURL="https://crescent.sharepoint.com/sites/marketing"
$FolderURL="/Branding/Classified/Finance Department Files"

#Call the function to get list items from folder
Get-FilesFromFolder -SiteURL $SiteURL -FolderURL $FolderURL

This SharePoint Online PowerShell gets all files from the folder.

PnP PowerShell to Get All Files from a Folder in SharePoint Online:

To get all files from a folder recursively, we can use this PowerShell script:

#Config Variables
$SiteURL = "https://Crescent.sharepoint.com/sites/Marketing"
$ListName ="Branding"
$FolderServerRelativePath = "/sites/Marketing/Branding*" #Any file under the given path
  
#Connect to PnP Online
Connect-PnPOnline -Url $SiteURL -Interactive
 
#Get all files from folder
Get-PnPListItem -List $ListName -PageSize 2000 | Where {$_.FieldValues.FileRef -like $FolderServerRelativePath -and $_.FileSystemObjectType -eq "File" } | ForEach-Object {
   Write-host $_.FieldValues.FileRef
}

Instead of getting all items and then applying a filter, we can use the Get-PnPFolderItem cmdlet to get all files from a sub-folder in SharePoint Online

#Config Variables
$SiteURL = "https://Crescent.sharepoint.com"
$FolderURL= "/Shared Documents/2017" #Folder's Site Relative Path
 
#Get Credentials to connect
$Cred = Get-Credential
 
Try {
    #Connect to PnP Online
    Connect-PnPOnline -Url $SiteURL -Credentials $Cred
 
    #Get All Files from the Folder
    $FolderItems = Get-PnPFolderItem -FolderSiteRelativeUrl $FolderURL -ItemType File
    
    Write-host "Total Number of Files in the Folder:" $FolderItems.Count
    ForEach($File in $FolderItems)
    {
        $File.Name
    }
}
catch {
    write-host "Error: $($_.Exception.Message)" -foregroundcolor Red
}

Here is another PowerShell to get all items from a SharePoint Online folder: SharePoint Online: Get All Items in a Folder

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack is a SharePoint Architect with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. He loves sharing his knowledge and experiences with the SharePoint community, through his real-world articles!

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