Get SharePoint list items and export them to XML using PowerShell

Last time I was explaining how to get sharepoint 2010 list items using powershell script. Now, lets make a step forward and export those items into an XML file:

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cls
if((Get-PSSnapin | Where {$_.Name -eq "Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell"}) -eq $null) {
Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell;
}

$outputXmlFilePath="C:\Exports\yourfile.xml";
$webURL = "http://sharepointsite";
$listName = "listUwant2export";

$spWeb = Get-SPWeb $webURL;
$spList = $spWeb.Lists[$listName];
$spItems = $spList.GetItems();

[System.Xml.XmlTextWriter]$xml = New-Object 'System.Xml.XmlTextWriter' $outputXmlFilePath, ([Text.Encoding]::UTF8);
$xml.Formatting = "indented";
$xml.Indentation = 4;

$xml.WriteStartDocument();
$xml.WriteStartElement('root');

$spItems | ForEach-Object {

$xml.WriteStartElement('item');

$xml.WriteAttributeString("ID",$_['ID']);
$xml.WriteAttributeString("Title",$_['Title']);

$xml.WriteEndElement();
Write-Host $_['Title'];
}

$xml.WriteEndElement();

$xml.Flush();
$xml.Close();
$spWeb.Dispose();

The result will be an XML output with values as attributes.

  • Michael Roth

    Hi Robert, many thx for your help. Though i get errors trying to connect to a sp 2013 foundation list. Could you pls also provide how to retrieve items from 2013 Version?
    Many Thx in advance.