Max Melcher

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Wow, it’s been a while since I last blogged – and here comes a tiny helper to upload one or more CSV file to a SharePoint Online list.

I think its the best documented script I ever created…!!!

The script

The following script checks a folder for files – and opens them. Then each line will be uploaded to the specified SharePoint list defined by the provided mapping.

The mapping is kinda straight forward. The header (if present, skip it with -skipFirstRow flag) is not required, you have to provide it via the -mapping parameter.

If you have the following in your CSV:

Value 1; Value 2

and want those values in a list with Column1 and Column2, then provide the script -mapping Column1, Column2.

Please note: The types are currently not passed and I only tested it with text values – if that is something you need, it could be easily added.

And the rest of the parameters? They are of course documented in the script. Copy it to a file and do get-help -full to get it!

This is a simple Powershell script to upload csv files to a SharePoint Online list - line by line.
To connect to SharePoint Online the script requires a username/password the url to the SharePoint site and the list title.
To extract the csv files you musst provide the folder location and if the csv contains a header.
Lastly the script needs a mapping to map the content of the csv file to the SharePoint list.
The csv header is used to map the entries to the SharePoint list.
The mapping is provided in PowerShell string array notation, no quotes, separated by comma - in this case the SharePoint list has the fields Counter, Title, Datum, Uhrzeit1, Uhrzeit2, Uhrzeit3, Uhrzeit4 and Anzahl - they appear in that order in the csv.
In this order the columns are read from the csv and the csv should not have more or less columns than mapped to the SharePoint list:
.\csv2list.ps1 -folder C:\Users\Max\Desktop\csv -username [email protected] -password xxx -url -list csv -mapping Counter,Title,Datum,Uhrzeit1,Uhrzeit2,Uhrzeit3,Uhrzeit4,Anzahl
CSV has a header and must be skipped:
.\csv2list.ps1 -folder C:\Users\Max\Desktop\csv -username [email protected] -password xxx -url -list csv -mapping Counter,Title,Datum,Uhrzeit1,Uhrzeit2,Uhrzeit3,Uhrzeit4,Anzahl -skipFirstRow
CSV should be deleted afterwards
.\csv2list.ps1 -folder C:\Users\Max\Desktop\csv -username [email protected] -password xxx -url -list csv -mapping Counter,Title,Datum,Uhrzeit1,Uhrzeit2,Uhrzeit3,Uhrzeit4,Anzahl -delete
Currently I only tried to upload plain text - if you want more sophisticated field types, that should be easily doable.

[Parameter(Mandatory=$True,HelpMessage="Username to connect to SharePoint Online")]
[Parameter(Mandatory=$True,HelpMessage="Password to connect to SharePoint Online")]
[Parameter(Mandatory=$True,HelpMessage="The folder where the csv files are stored")]
[Parameter(Mandatory=$True,HelpMessage="The mapping of the csv to the SharePoint list - in PowerShell string array notation, e.g ColumnA, ColumnB")]
[Parameter(Mandatory=$True,HelpMessage="The Url of the SharePoint site")]
[Parameter(Mandatory=$True,HelpMessage="The List title")]
[Parameter(HelpMessage="Flag if the csv files should be uploaded after processing")]
[Parameter(HelpMessage="Flag if the csv files have a header that should be skipped")]

#CSOM installation required!

Add-Type -Path "C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\15\ISAPI\Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.dll"
Add-Type -Path "C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\15\ISAPI\Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Runtime.dll"

#check if the folder exists

if (![System.IO.Directory]::Exists($folder))
  write-host -ForegroundColor Red "Folder $folder does not exist"

#check if there are files

if ((Get-ChildItem $folder | Measure-Object).Count -eq 0)
  write-host -ForegroundColor Red "No csv files in folder"

#get the files

$files = Get-ChildItem -File $folder

#connect to sharepoint online

$secure = ConvertTo-SecureString $password -AsPlainText -Force

$context = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ClientContext($url)
$credentials = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.SharePointOnlineCredentials($username, $secure)
$context.Credentials = $credentials

Write-Host -ForegroundColor green "Connected to SPO"

#get the list

$list = $context.Web.Lists.GetByTitle($listtitle)

Write-Host -ForegroundColor green "List loaded"

#get the list fields

$fields = $list.Fields | ? {!$_.Hidden} | select -ExpandProperty StaticName
Write-Host -ForegroundColor Yellow "Fields: "
$fields | foreach{ Write-Host "`t $_"}

foreach ($h in $mapping)
  if ($fields -notcontains $h)
    Write-Host -ForegroundColor Red "Mapping incorrect - Field $h is not available in the SharePoint list"

#now iterate over the files

foreach ($file in $files)
  write-host -ForegroundColor Yellow "Reading file $file" -NoNewline

  #get the csv

  $lines = Import-Csv -LiteralPath $file.FullName -Header $mapping -Delimiter ";"
  write-host -ForegroundColor Yellow " ($(($lines | Measure-Object).count) lines):"

  $i = 0
  #iterate over

  foreach ($line in $lines)
    #skipping the header row if there is one

    if ($i -eq 0 -and $skipFirstRow)
      write-host -ForegroundColor Yellow "skipping first row"

    #preparing the item

    $create = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.ListItemCreationInformation
    $item = $List.AddItem($create)

    foreach ($col in ($line | Get-Member | ? {$_.MemberType -eq "NoteProperty"} | select Name))
      #using the header to specify the column name

      $item[$col.Name] = $line | Select -ExpandProperty $col.Name

    if ($i%100 -eq 0)
      write-host -ForegroundColor yellow "`t$i"
  write-host -ForegroundColor Green "file $file done"

  #deleting the item if specified

  if ($delete)
    Remove-Item $file.FullName


So is it working for you? If so, please leave a comment!

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