Download all content in a site collection


I’ve been working on a script that will allow you to download all files that are stored in SharePoint in a given site collection.

If the path does not exist, the script will prompt you to create it for you. Before the script runs, it also checks if the site collection exists.

Run the script like this:

.\Get-SPContent.ps1 -SiteCollection "<SiteCollectionURL>" -Destination "<Path>"


The console shows which libraries were exported to your file system.

—– * Advanced * —–

If you have specific requirements as to which (type of) libraries you want to export, you can change the following line to fit your requirements:

$lists = $web.lists | ?{$_.itemcount -ge "1" -And $_.Hidden -eq $false -And $_.BaseType -eq "DocumentLibrary"} #Excludes all hidden libraries and empty libraries

Below is the code you can save as Get-SPContent.ps1

[ValidateScript({asnp *sh* -EA SilentlyContinue;if (Get-SPSite $_){$true}else{Throw "Site collection $_ does not exist"}})]
if (Test-Path $_)
$d = $_
$title = "Create Folder?";
$message = "$_ doesn't exist, do you want the script to create it?";
$yes = New-Object System.Management.Automation.Host.ChoiceDescription "&Yes", "Creates directory $_";
$no = New-Object System.Management.Automation.Host.ChoiceDescription "&No", "Exits script";
$options = [System.Management.Automation.Host.ChoiceDescription[]]($yes,$no);
$result = $host.ui.PromptForChoice($title,$message,$options,1);
0 {New-Item $d -Type Directory;$true}
1 {Throw "Please create the folder before running the script again. `nExiting script"}

Asnp *sh* -EA SilentlyContinue

Start-SPAssignment -Global | Out-Null

function Get-SPWebs($SiteCollection){
$SiteCollection = Get-SPSite $SiteCollection
$webs = @()
$SiteCollection.allwebs | %{$webs += $_.url}
return $webs

function Get-SPFolders($webs)
foreach($web in $webs)
$web = Get-SPWeb $web
Write-Host "`n$($web.url)"

$lists = $web.lists | ?{$_.itemcount -ge "1" -And $_.Hidden -eq $false -And $_.BaseType -eq "DocumentLibrary"} #Excludes all hidden libraries and empty libraries
#$lists = $web.lists | ?{$_.title -eq "Documents" -and $_.itemcount -ge "1" -And $_.BaseType -eq "DocumentLibrary"} #Change any identifier here
foreach($list in $lists)
Write-Host "- $($list.RootFolder.url)"

#Download files in root folder
$rootfolder = $web.GetFolder($list.RootFolder.Url)

#Download files in subfolders
foreach($folder in $list.folders)
$folder = $web.GetFolder($folder.url)



function Download-SPContent($folder)
foreach($file in $folder.Files)
$binary = $file.OpenBinary()
$stream = New-Object System.IO.FileStream($destination + "/" + $file.Name), Create
$writer = New-Object System.IO.BinaryWriter($stream)

$webs = Get-SPWebs -SiteCollection $Sitecollection
Get-SPFolders -Webs $webs

Stop-SPAssignment -Global

Add-PSSnapIn Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell shortcut

Are you tired of typing Add-PSSnapIn Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell every time you open your PowerShell console?
You can do this by Adding/Editing profile.ps1 (I don’t do this because I have too many machines where I should change this)

If you find you do not want to change the profile.ps1 on every server you are working on, you can type this:

asnp *sh*

This adds all SnapIns that contain *sh*. In most cases, this will only add the Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell SnapIn.
Credits go to Koen Zomers!

Happy PowerShelling!


Restore deleted site collections SharePoint 2013

In SharePoint 2013 it is possible to restore a accidently deleted site collection. For more information, read this article:

You can use the Restore-SPDeletedSite cmdlet to restore a site collection.

However, if you removed the site collection using the Remove-SPSite cmdlet using PowerShell, the site collection will not be stored in a SPDeletedSite object.

This means you cannot restore a site collection that has been removed using PowerShell.


Get all subsites of a subsite

Getting a list of all subsites of a particular site (not a site collection) was a little more work than I expected, so here is how I did it.

Let’s say we have the following situation site structure:


What if we want an overview of all sites under “Https://”?

My first thought was to use the “Webs” property of the SPWeb object. Unfortunately, this only shows the direct subsites for this site. This means that for “Https://”, it only shows the Level 3 sites.


To work around this, I used the “AllWebs” property of the SPSite object and filtered the URL’s starting with “Https://”.

Here is the code used: (Download .zip file)

param ( [Parameter(Mandatory=$true)][ValidateNotNullOrEmpty()] [String]$StartWeb, [Boolean]$IncludeStartWeb = $true )

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

$subsites = ((Get-SPWeb $StartWeb).Site).allwebs | ?{$_.url -like "$StartWeb*"}

foreach($subsite in $subsites) { Write-Host $subsite.url }

As you can see in the source code, I added 2 parameters to the script:

StartWeb: String. This is the starting URL. All subsites under this site will be showed in the result.

IncludeStartWeb: Boolean. When set to $false, the output will not include the URL provided in the StartWeb parameter.