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Module and command-line utility to get data out of SharePoint

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A Python library and command-line utility for gettting data out of SharePoint.

If you’re more a Perl person, you might also want to try SharePerltopus.


Either install the latest development from git:

$ git clone git://
$ cd python-sharepoint
$ sudo python install

… or, install the latest stable version using pip:

$ pip install sharepoint

You will need lxml, which you can install using your package manager or pip. Run one of the following if it’s not already installed:

$ sudo apt-get install python-lxml  # Debian, Ubuntu
$ sudo yum install python-lxml      # RedHat, Fedora
$ sudo pip install lxml             # pip


First, you need to create a SharePointSite object. We’ll assume you’re using basic auth; if you’re not, you’ll need to create an appropriate urllib2 Opener yourself.

from sharepoint import SharePointSite, basic_auth_opener

server_url = ""
site_url = server_url + "sites/foo/bar"

opener = basic_auth_opener(server_url, "username", "password")

site = SharePointSite(site_url, opener)


First, get a list of SharePoint lists available:

for sp_list in site.lists:
    print, sp_list.meta['Title']

You can look up lists by ID, or by name:

# By ID, without braces
print site.lists['1EF5668C-0AB4-4020-98EF-26325E412C3C']
# By ID, with braces
print site.lists['{1EF5668C-0AB4-4020-98EF-26325E412C3C}']
# By name
print site.lists['ListName']

Given a list, you can iterate over its rows:

sp_list = site.lists['ListName']
for row in sp_list.rows:
    print, row.FieldName

rows is a list, which doesn’t help you if you want to find rows by their SharePoint row IDs. For this use a list’s rows_by_id attribute, which contains a mapping from row ID to row.

You can assign to fields as one would expect. Values will be coerced in mostly-sensible ways. Once you’re done, you’ll want to sync your changes using the list’s save() method:

sp_list = site.lists['ListName']

# Set both the URL and the text
sp_list.rows[5].Web_x0020_site = {'url': '',
                                  'text': 'Example Website'}
# Set the URL; leave the text blank
sp_list.rows[6].Web_x0020_site = ''
# Clear the field
sp_list.rows[7].Web_x0020_site = None

Consult the descriptor_set() methods in sharepoint.lists.types module for more information about setting SharePoint list fields.

Document libraries

Support for document libraries is limited, but SharePointListRow objects do support a is_file() method and an open() method for accessing file data.

Command-line utility

Here’s how to get a list of lists from a SharePoint site:

$ sharepoint lists -s \
             -u username -p password

And here’s how to get one or more lists as XML:

$ sharepoint exportlists -s \
             -l FirstListName -l "Second List Name" \
             -u username -p password

You can also specify a file containing username and password in the format ‘username:password’:

$ sharepoint --credentials=path/to/credentials [...]

If you want to manipulate SharePoint sites from a Python shell, use the shell command:

$ sharepoint shell -s \
             -u username -p password

Once you’re in the Python shell, there will be a site variable for the site you specified. See above for things to do with your site.

For help (including to see more options to configure the output, use -h:

$ sharepoint -h

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