I have a ListItem and would like to set the Name field for a file in a doc library. Researching this question I have seen that you can set an SPListItem name like this

SPListItem oListItem = oList.Items[0];
oListItem["Name"] = "xyz";           

I am assuming it's different because I am using ListItem and not SPListItem because when I tried to do that in my solution it says the field Name does not exist. What is the right way to do this with ListItem?

ListItem listItem = uploadFile.ListItemAllFields;
listItem["Name"] = "xyz";

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The field I needed to update was FileLeafRef.

After I implemented that change I was still getting an error message (File Not Found). This was because I was uploading the document to the library and you can't update the name of a file that was used when it was first uploaded into SharePoint. I had to add a method to update the file Name after the file was finished uploading, below is the code from that method.

item["FileLeafRef"] = fileName;
  • Interesting, this didn't work for me. In fact, it ended up that the only way to "rename" a document (e.g. its filename) is the File.MoveTo(...) method. See stackoverflow.com/a/26710865/410753
    – sasfrog
    Sep 7, 2018 at 14:03

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