I have created one site collection on SharePoint Online.

Now I want to make another site collection with the same content.

So can anyone explain me how to go about backup and restore of site collection in SharePoint Online (Office 365)? Using CSOM


Save your site as template manually. Then find the template guid id.

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Now create your site using CSOM. See more here

internal void CreateSite(String targetUrl, String title, String owner, String siteTemplate)
    var ctx = new ClientContextWrapper(targetUrl);
    var tenant = new Tenant(ctx);

    //Create new site
    var newsite = new SiteCreationProperties()
        Url = targetUrl,
        Owner = owner,
        Template = siteTemplate,
        Title = title,
        StorageMaximumLevel = 1000,
        StorageWarningLevel = 500,
        TimeZoneId = 7,
        UserCodeMaximumLevel = 7,
        UserCodeWarningLevel = 1,

    var spoOperation = tenant.CreateSite(newsite);


    while (!spoOperation.IsComplete)
        Console.WriteLine("Site creation status: " + (spoOperation.IsComplete ? "waiting" : "complete"));

Place your custom template's guid in siteTemplate

  • My SharePoint Online doesn't have any option like this "ProjectSiteTemplate" in custom tab and unable to find save site as template option in office 365 – Akshay Dattatray Nangare Oct 8 '15 at 5:43
  • Did you save your site as template? If so, then what is the name? It's just the name of your template what you have provided – Atish Dipongkor - MVP Oct 8 '15 at 5:48
  • my sharepoint online site dosen't show option "save site as template" – Akshay Dattatray Nangare Oct 8 '15 at 6:01
  • Go to the link your-site-url/_layouts/savetmpl.aspx – Atish Dipongkor - MVP Oct 8 '15 at 6:04
  • Hello Atish ,my site is "Publishing Site", so i am unable to "save site as template". when i am go through this link your-site-url/_layouts/savetmpl.aspx , getting error – Akshay Dattatray Nangare Oct 8 '15 at 6:25

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