I am trying to get a list using PowerShell, so I am executing this code:

 $list = $web.GetList($web.Url +"lists/TestList")

It's giving me:

Exception calling "GetList" with "1" argument(s): "0x80070002" At line:1 char:1 + $list= $web.GetList($web.Url +"lists/TestList") + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [], MethodInvocationException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : FileNotFoundException

How do I get a list by its Title, if I run this:

$list = $web.Lists | ? {$_.Title -eq "TestList"}

Wouldn't this loop through all lists in the site which will be bad for performance? Thanks for any hint to guide me to the right direction.

  • Can you supply the values you are returning. What is in $web.url? If you run an output of all your lists and their URL's is /testlist returned? It's possibly using something different maybe test%20Lists, or something else? Mar 16, 2015 at 23:26
  • The returned value from $web.lists + "/lists/TestList" is : server1:9999/sites/finance/lists/testlist .. but it's giving an error stated above. My list doesn't have spaces between the letters.
    – Shang Hui
    Mar 16, 2015 at 23:28

5 Answers 5


Inspect the result of your request string

 $list = $web.GetList($web.Url +"lists/TestList")

my guess is that you get something like https://weburllists/testlist - try adding the leading slash in your query.

$list = $web.GetList($web.Url +"/lists/TestList")

Another way is to use the Lists method.

$list = $web.Lists["listname"]
  • I tried this, gave me same error..
    – Shang Hui
    Mar 16, 2015 at 22:55

I believe GetList method requires server relative url as a parameter. Please check this thread for details. You can try to use web.ServerRelativeUrl instead of web.Url but getting list by title is also not a bad idea.

$list = $web.Lists["ListTitle"]

It will enumerate all lists on your site, but it's pretty fast and you can ignore this little impact in a script.


You can also use

 $list = $web.Lists.TryGetList("Title of list")

This will never throw an error, but $list will be null if no list with that title is found in the web


Yes, what I do is make use of the Measure-Command

Measure-Command {
$list = $web.Lists | ? {$_.Title -eq "TestList"}

Specifying an itemid, url, and such is always better than a where clause.

  • But aren't you using a where clause here?
    – Shang Hui
    Mar 16, 2015 at 22:55
  • yes, but it just measure's the time/efficiency of the command instead. The point of Measure-Command is to measure the efficiency of whatever command is in the block, so you can choose one or the other. It's only meant for testing.
    – Mike
    Mar 17, 2015 at 14:27

For googlers searching for "Get-SPWeb GetList MethodInvokationException":

In my case we had a script that used

$web = Get-SPWeb -Site $url

Here, the root web and all subwebs of the site collection will be returned and stored in the $web variable - which is equivalent to the C# version

using (var site = new SPSite(url))
using (var web = site.OpenWeb())
{ ... }

to get the SPSite's root web if and only if the site collection contains only the root web. But loading a list via $web.GetList("foo") where $web is actually a collection of SPWebs fails with a MethodInvokationException.

So you might want to check if your site collection contains subwebs.

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