SharePoint Management Shell [How to use]

Do you want to know how to use the SharePoint management shell? In this PowerShell tutorial, I will explain how to connect with SharePoint sites from Microsoft PowerShell.

I will show you how to use the SharePoint Online management shell to connect with SharePoint Online sites and also how to work with SharePoint on-premises sites like SharePoint 2019 and SharePoint 2016/2013 using PowerShell.

By reading this SharePoint PowerShell tutorial, you will learn various PowerShell SharePoint commands and PowerShell SharePoint snapin and learn about the PowerShell commands for SharePoint administrators.

Introduction to PowerShell SharePoint

PowerShell is a command line scripting language, and we can use PowerShell in SharePoint, which will provide administrators with full access to SharePoint objects.

By using PowerShell in SharePoint, Administrators can work directly with SharePoint objects like web applications, site collections, sites/subsites, lists, libraries, fields/columns, etc.

By default, in any Windows operating system, you will find PowerShell in the below location:

To write, debug, and test PowerShell scripts/commands or snapin, you can use Windows PowerShell ISE or Visual Studio Code, which is FREE.

Now, we will see how to use PowerShell in SharePoint on-premise and SharePoint Online.

PowerShell SharePoint On-premises versions

Once you install SharePoint 2016/2013 in a SharePoint server, PowerShell cmdlets are available in the SharePoint 2016/2019 management shell or SharePoint 2013 management shell. You need not install additional things to work in PowerShell SharePoint On-premise.

In a SharePoint server, all PowerShell SharePoint cmdlets are available in Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell.dll.

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If you are not using SharePoint management shell, using Windows PowerShell ISE, then you have to manually register Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell.dll module for SharePoint Server cmdlets. You can do this by adding the below line at the beginning of a PowerShell file.

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell

You can also add the below lines.

$snap = Get-PSSnapin | Where-Object {$_.Name -eq 'Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell'}
 if ($snap -eq $null) {
 Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell

To work with PowerShell SharePoint 2013/2016, the account you are using should have securityadmin server role membership in SQL Server. The account should also be a member of the Administrators group.

Remember, the account you have used while installing SharePoint 2019/2016/2013, is provided with proper permissions to run or execute PowerShell cmdlets in the SharePoint server.

Note: Always use Open SharePoint management shell or PowerShell ISE as Run as administrator.

SharePoint Online Management Shell

PowerShell is very useful and powerful for managing SharePoint sites or site collections, etc. By using SharePoint Online Management Shell as an Office 365 global administrator or SharePoint administrator, you can manage SharePoint site collections, sites, users, etc.

You can write and execute command-line and batch operations using SharePoint Online Management Shell.

Download and Install SharePoint Online Management Shell

Unlike Windows PowerShell ISE, by default, the SharePoint Online management shell will not be available in your system.

Note: You do not need SharePoint to be installed in your system to work with the SharePoint Online management shell.

First, download SharePoint Online Management Shell from this MSDN URL. Choose the language and click on Download.

download sharepoint online management shell

Then, it will ask to download either the 64-bit or 32-bit versions. Choose the 64-bit version and click Next to download the MSI file.

sharepoint online management shell 64 bit download

Now double-click on the MSI file and click on Run like below:

sharepoint online management shell not working

Then, in the SharePoint Online Management Shell Setup, accept the license agreement and click Install.

sharepoint online management shell commands

Then the installation will progress like below:

sharepoint online management shell free download

Once the installation is over, it will show the Installation completion wizard like below:

sharepoint online management shell download

How to connect SharePoint Online management shell

Once the installation is over, you can search for “SharePoint Online Management Shell” in Windows, and you will find the tool.

sharepoint online management shell commands

Now you can run the below SharePoint online management shell cmdlets.

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We can use Connect-SPOService cmdlets to connect to the SharePoint online site. Remember we need to provide the admin site URL https://<tenantid>-admin

Connect-SPOService -Url -credential
sharepoint online management shell connect-sposervice

If you do not provide the SharePoint Online admin site URL, you will get an error like the one below:

Then it will ask for your credentials like below:

Install SharePoint Online Management Shell

Once it is connected successfully, we can run SharePoint online PowerShell cmdlets.

SharePoint Online Management Shell Commands

To work with the SharePoint Online management shell, we need to add the PowerShell Online module.

  • Microsoft.Online.SharePoint.PowerShell.dll

You can display all the Commands available in the above module in the below command:

Get-Command –Module Microsoft.Online.SharePoint.PowerShell

SharePoint Online management shell commands

You can also display all the available commands in SharePoint Online management shell, like below:

Get-Command *-SPO*

Once you run the commands, you can see the output below:

  • Add-SPOGeoAdministrator
  • Add-SPOHubSiteAssociation
  • Add-SPOSiteCollectionAppCatalog
  • Add-SPOSiteDesign
  • Add-SPOSiteScript
  • Add-SPOTenantCdnOrigin
  • Add-SPOTheme
  • Add-SPOUser
  • Approve-SPOTenantServicePrincipalPermissionReques
  • Connect-SPOService
  • ConvertTo-SPOMigrationEncryptedPackage
  • ConvertTo-SPOMigrationTargetedPackage
  • Deny-SPOTenantServicePrincipalPermissionRequest
  • Disable-SPOTenantServicePrincipal
  • Disconnect-SPOService
  • Enable-SPOTenantServicePrincipal
  • Get-SPOAppErrors
  • Get-SPOAppInfo
  • Get-SPOBrowserIdleSignOut
  • Get-SPOCrossGeoMovedUsers
  • Get-SPOCrossGeoMoveReport
  • Get-SPOCrossGeoUsers
  • Get-SPODataEncryptionPolicy
  • Get-SPODeletedSite
  • Get-SPOExternalUser
  • Get-SPOGeoAdministrator
  • Get-SPOGeoMoveCrossCompatibilityStatus
  • Get-SPOGeoStorageQuota
  • Get-SPOHideDefaultThemes
  • Get-SPOHubSite
  • Get-SPOMigrationJobProgress
  • Get-SPOMigrationJobStatus
  • Get-SPOMultiGeoCompanyAllowedDataLocation
  • Get-SPOMultiGeoExperience
  • Get-SPOPublicCdnOrigins
  • Get-SPOSite
  • Get-SPOSiteContentMoveState
  • Get-SPOSiteDataEncryptionPolicy
  • Get-SPOSiteDesign
  • Get-SPOSiteDesignRights
  • Get-SPOSiteGroup
  • Get-SPOSiteScript
  • Get-SPOStorageEntity
  • Get-SPOTenant
  • Get-SPOTenantCdnEnabled
  • Get-SPOTenantCdnOrigins
  • Get-SPOTenantCdnPolicies
  • Get-SPOTenantContentTypeReplicationParameters
  • Get-SPOTenantLogEntry
  • Get-SPOTenantLogLastAvailableTimeInUtc
  • Get-SPOTenantServicePrincipalPermissionGrants
  • Get-SPOTenantServicePrincipalPermissionRequests
  • Get-SPOTenantSyncClientRestriction
  • Get-SPOTenantTaxonomyReplicationParameters
  • Get-SPOTheme
  • Get-SPOUnifiedGroup
  • Get-SPOUser
  • Get-SPOUserAndContentMoveState
  • Get-SPOUserOneDriveLocation
  • Get-SPOWebTemplate
  • Grant-SPOHubSiteRights
  • Grant-SPOSiteDesignRights
  • Invoke-SPOMigrationEncryptUploadSubmit
  • Invoke-SPOSiteDesign
  • New-SPOMigrationEncryptionParameters
  • New-SPOMigrationPackage
  • New-SPOPublicCdnOrigin
  • New-SPOSdnProvider
  • New-SPOSite
  • New-SPOSiteGroup
  • Register-SPODataEncryptionPolicy
  • Register-SPOHubSite
  • Remove-SPODeletedSite
  • Remove-SPOExternalUser
  • Remove-SPOGeoAdministrator
  • Remove-SPOHubSiteAssociation
  • Remove-SPOMigrationJob
  • Remove-SPOMultiGeoCompanyAllowedDataLocation
  • Remove-SPOPublicCdnOrigin
  • Remove-SPOSdnProvider
  • Remove-SPOSite
  • Remove-SPOSiteCollectionAppCatalog
  • Remove-SPOSiteCollectionAppCatalogById
  • Remove-SPOSiteDesign
  • Remove-SPOSiteGroup
  • Remove-SPOSiteScript
  • Remove-SPOStorageEntity
  • Remove-SPOTenantCdnOrigin
  • Remove-SPOTenantSyncClientRestriction
  • Remove-SPOTheme
  • Remove-SPOUser
  • Repair-SPOSite
  • Request-SPOPersonalSite
  • Request-SPOUpgradeEvaluationSite
  • Restore-SPODataEncryptionPolicy
  • Restore-SPODeletedSite
  • Revoke-SPOHubSiteRights
  • Revoke-SPOSiteDesignRights
  • Revoke-SPOTenantServicePrincipalPermission
  • Revoke-SPOUserSession
  • Set-SPOBrowserIdleSignOut
  • Set-SPOGeoStorageQuota
  • Set-SPOHideDefaultThemes
  • Set-SPOHubSite
  • Set-SPOMigrationPackageAzureSource
  • Set-SPOMultiGeoCompanyAllowedDataLocation
  • Set-SPOMultiGeoExperience
  • Set-SPOSite
  • Set-SPOSiteDesign
  • Set-SPOSiteGroup
  • Set-SPOSiteOffice365Group
  • Set-SPOSiteScript
  • Set-SPOStorageEntity
  • Set-SPOTenant
  • Set-SPOTenantCdnEnabled
  • Set-SPOTenantCdnPolicy
  • Set-SPOTenantContentTypeReplicationParameters
  • Set-SPOTenantSyncClientRestriction
  • Set-SPOTenantTaxonomyReplicationParameters
  • Set-SPOUnifiedGroup
  • Set-SPOUser
  • Set-SPOWebTheme
  • Start-SPOSiteContentMove
  • Start-SPOUserAndContentMove
  • Stop-SPOUserAndContentMove
  • Submit-SPOMigrationJob
  • Test-SPOSite
  • Unregister-SPOHubSite
  • Update-SPODataEncryptionPolicy
  • Upgrade-SPOSite
SharePoint Online Management Shell Commands

Work with PowerShell SharePoint Online using Client Side Object Model (csom)

Another efficient way we can work with PowerShell SharePoint Online is to use the client-side object model (csom). For this, you required the below two dlls:

  • Microsoft.SharePoint.client.dll
  • Microsoft.SharePoint.client.runtime.dll
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To work with CSOM in PowerShell SharePoint, you need to add the above SharePoint client dll’s reference at the beginning of the PowerShell script.

Add-Type -Path 'E:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\16\ISAPI\Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.dll'
Add-Type -Path 'E:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\16\ISAPI\Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Runtime.dll'
catch {

Note, the above path is from a SharePoint server, but if you have not installed SharePoint like in any Windows 10 laptop, you download the client dlls from the Nuget package, and you can refer it from there like below:

Add-Type -Path 'E:\ClientDLLs\Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.dll'
Add-Type -Path 'E:\ClientDLLs\Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Runtime.dll'
catch {


Once you install SharePoint 2019 or any SharePoint on-premises servers, then PowerShell cmdlets are available in the SharePoint 2019 Management Shell. If you want to work with PowerShell with SharePoint Online, you need to download and install the SharePoint Online management shell.

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