SharePoint Online: Delete List Items Created in the Past 7 Days using PowerShell

Requirement: Delete All List Items created within the past 7 days in SharePoint Online List.

powershell to delete list items created in the past 7 days in sharepoint online

PowerShell to Delete SharePoint Online List Items based on Created Date

Are you looking for a way to quickly delete all list items that were created in the past 7 days? PowerShell can help! In this guide, we’ll show you how to use PowerShell to delete all your old list items:

You can use PowerShell to delete items in a SharePoint Online list that were created in the past X days using the following script. This script connects to the SharePoint Online site and retrieves the items in the specified list using the SharePoint Client-Side Object Model (CSOM). The CAML query is then used to retrieve only the items created within the past X days. Finally, the script loops through each item and deletes it, providing a convenient and automated way to remove older items in your SharePoint list data.

#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"
$SiteURL = ""
$UserName = ""
$Password = "Password Goes Here"
$SecurePassword= $Password | ConvertTo-SecureString -AsPlainText -Force
#Setup the Context
$Ctx = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext($SiteURL)
$Ctx.Credentials = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.SharePointOnlineCredentials($UserName, $SecurePassword)
#Get the List
$List = $Ctx.Web.Lists.GetByTitle("Documents")

#Query to Get All List Items Created in the Past 7 Days
$CAMLQuery = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.CamlQuery
$Query = "@
<View Scope='RecursiveAll'>
                    <FieldRef Name='Created' />
                         <Value Type='DateTime'><Today OffsetDays='-7'/></Value>
$CAMLQuery.ViewXml =$Query

#Get List Items matching given conditions
$ListItems = $List.GetItems($CAMLQuery)

#Delete List Items
Write-host "Total Number of Items Matching:"$ListItems.Count
Foreach ($Item in $ListItems)
    $List.GetItemById($ | Out-null
    Write-host "Deleted List Item:"$Item.Id

PnP PowerShell to Delete List Items Created in the Past 7 Days:

While the CAML method of filtering list items is the recommended approach, here is an alternate approach to delete list items created in the past N number of days.

$SiteURL = ""
$listName ="Documents"
$Days = -7
$UserName = ""
$Password = "Password1"
$SecurePassword= $Password | ConvertTo-SecureString -AsPlainText -Force
$Cred = New-Object -TypeName System.Management.Automation.PSCredential -argumentlist $UserName, $SecurePassword

#Connect to PnP Online
Connect-PnPOnline -Url $SiteURL -Credentials $Cred

#Get All List Items
$ListItems = Get-PnPListItem -List $ListName -Fields "Title","Created","ID","GUID" -PageSize 2000

#Set Cutoff Date - Past 7 days
$CutoffDate = (Get-Date).AddDays($Days)

ForEach($Item in $ListItems) 
    #Get the Created Date of the Item
    $CreatedDate = $Item["Created"]

    If($CreatedDate -ge $CutoffDate) 
        Remove-PnPListItem -List $ListName -Identity $Item.Id -Force -Recycle
        Write-Host "Deleted List Item:"$Item.Id

Replace the value of the variables as per your SharePoint Online site, list, etc. The $Days variable determines the number of days back from the current date to delete items. In this example, it is set to 7 days.

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!

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