Powershell Script to extract metadata of records in document library

Posted on 2012-08-28
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Last Modified: 2012-08-30
Hi Experts,

I am writing a powershell script to read the metadata of all records in document library in SharePoint 2007.

I am able to read the records but could not figure out how to read the values. Pls help.

Question by:NicksonKoh
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by:Justin Smith
ID: 38340768
2010 version....

$web=Get-SPWeb http://
$list=$web.Lists["name of list"]
$list.Items | select Title, DisplayName

The select statement is where you select what columns you want to pull back.  If you want them all, put "*"

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slidingfox earned 2000 total points
ID: 38340907
This works in MOSS 2007

Firstly you'll need to get access to the Site Collection

[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.SharePoint") | Out-Null
$siteCollection = New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.SPSite("http://url.domain.co.uk/sites/demo")

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Then you'll need to get the site that contains the document library

$web = $sc.AllWebs | Where { $_.Url -eq "http://url.domain.co.uk/sites/demo" }

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Once you've got the site, you'll need to grab your list

$list = $web.Lists["The Document Library"]

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From here you should be able to enumerate all the possible items of metadata with

$list.Fields | Select Title

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Once you know the titles of the fields your looking for, you can access each item of metadata like so

$output = @()

foreach ($item in $items) {

    $object = New-Object -TypeName PSObject
    $object | Add-Member -MemberType NoteProperty -Name 'Title' -Value $item["Name"]
    $object | Add-Member -MemberType NoteProperty -Name 'File Type' -Value $item["File Type"]
    $object | Add-Member -MemberType NoteProperty -Name 'Url' -Value $item["Url"]

    $output += $object


Write-Output $output

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This should create a powershell object containing the metadata from your document library.
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Author Comment

ID: 38348629
Thx Fox. The code looks great.

I tried and am getting the error at line 6
"$object | Add-Member -MemberType NoteProperty -Name 'Title' -Value $item["Name"]"

Cannot index into a null array.
At D:\Batch Jobs\PowerShell Scripts\Useful Scripts\List Value of Items in a List.ps1:11 char:78
+     $object | Add-Member -MemberType NoteProperty -Name 'Title' -Value $item[ <<<< "Name"]
    + CategoryInfo          : InvalidOperation: (Name:String) [], RuntimeException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : NullArray

Assisted Solution

slidingfox earned 2000 total points
ID: 38349445

My mistake,

try changing the the foreach loop to say

foreach ($item in $list.Items) {

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Author Closing Comment

ID: 38350059
Works Fantastic!

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