I am trying to read a CSV file from a SharePoint 2013 Document Library. I am using following Powershell command for this.

Import-csv "\\ServerName\sites\SiteName\MyDocumentLibrary\MyCSVFile.csv"

But, I am getting this error The network name cannot be found..

Can somebody let me know, what i am missing ?

1 Answer 1


Try this

$FilePath = "http://ServerName/sites/SiteName/MyDocumentLibrary/MyCSVFile.csv"
$localPath = "C:\temp\test.csv" #Make sure temp folder exists
$wc = New-Object System.Net.Webclient
$wc.DownloadFile($FilePath, $localPath)
$list = Import-Csv $localPath
  • That's a good alternative method. But, does this imply that we can't read a .csv file directly from a document library(without making a local copy of it).
    – Amit Tyagi
    Dec 8, 2014 at 19:20
  • I think you can do if you have mapped the library using a Network Drive. Dec 8, 2014 at 19:26
  • I am getting Exception calling "DownloadFile" with "2" argument(s): "The remote server returned an error: (401) Unauthorized."
    – Amit Tyagi
    Dec 8, 2014 at 20:08
  • Add this before downloadfile $wc.UseDefaultCredentials = $true Dec 8, 2014 at 20:11
  • 1
    Ok that means either the file should in local path or network path Dec 8, 2014 at 21:46

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.