Workflows can be set to trigger on item created, item updated, manually and etc.

I have a workflow attached to a list which is by default set to be triggered on item create event. Using powershell I migrate some data to this list. So i need to change the settings of existing workflow not to start on item created event and set it to trigger on item created after i migrate my data.

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I haven't done this in powershell but I expect that you can use the same classes and methods. If it's a SharePoint 2013 workflow you can query the workflows for a list using "EnumerateSubscriptionsByList" from "WorkflowSubscriptionService" class and change EventType property which is used to indicate the event on which the workflow should start. Here is a related post and question with code examples for powerhshell:

SharePoint 2013 Reusable workflow doesn't pick up fields in a different site collection


  • Workflow attachment to a list can be done no issue. The problem i have is how to change a property and how to apply changes (update Workflow Subscription service\ list \ web)
    – 007ruwan
    May 30, 2017 at 8:32
  • Updating is possible by getting the subscription, updating the properties and publishing it again (PublishSubscriptionForList).
    – Suleyman
    May 30, 2017 at 8:38
  • $workflowServiceManager = New-object Microsoft.SharePoint.WorkflowServices.WorkflowServicesManager($web) $workflowSubscriptionService = $workflowServiceManager.GetWorkflowSubscriptionService() $wf = $workflowSubscriptionService.EnumerateSubscriptionsByList($list.ID) | Where-Object {$_.Name -eq $workflowName} $wf.SetProperty("EventTypes", 'ItemUpdated'); $workflowSubscriptionService.PublishSubscriptionForList($wf,$list.ID); it did not work
    – 007ruwan
    May 30, 2017 at 11:07
  • Did you check what kind of input is expected for EventType? There is a property called EventType (at least in CSOM) so you don't have to use SetProperty. Here is an example of how EventTypes should be supplied: dev.office.com/sharepoint/docs/general-development/…. Also make sure to perform ExecuteQuery after publish.
    – Suleyman
    May 30, 2017 at 11:23
  • Its pure powershell i'm working on. So no CSOM or ExecuteQuery.
    – 007ruwan
    May 30, 2017 at 11:39

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