I'm using PowerShell v 5.1 How can I upload simple text file from my local machine to the corporate SharePoint? SharePoint URL when I'm on the needed web page looks like below:


I've tried this script (suggested somewhere else don't remember where) but it throws an 403 error, and my credentials are correct I know it:

$credentials = [System.Net.CredentialCache]::DefaultNetworkCredentials

Function UploadToSharePoint{

$destination = "https://mycompany.sharepoint.com/sites/BlaBlaBla/AnotherBlaBlaBla/How%20To/Upload/FileToThisUrl.aspx?newTargetListUrl=%2blabla%2MyCompany%2Want%2FMe%20ToDoviewpath=%2This%2Impossible%2Task%2Uploading%20This%2FDocuments%2FTo%2SharePoint&id=%2FAnd%2FIHaveNoIdea%2How%2FTo%20Do%2FThis%20Job%20Reports"
$File =Get-ChildItem  "C:\MyNameShouldBeHere\Work\PowerShell\UploadFileTest.txt"

$webclient = New-Object System.Net.WebClient
$webclient.Credentials = $credentials
$webclient.UploadFile($destination + "/" + $File.Name, "PUT", $File.FullName)

According to this microsoft documentation page there is no indication on HOW TO SIMPLY UPLOAD A FILE TO THE SHAREPOINT. They got bunch of other methods to do there, but not how to upload a file. Hence there is this information listed:

Working with large files by using REST When you need to upload a binary file that is larger than 1.5 megabytes (MB), the REST interface is your only option. For a code example that shows you how to upload a binary file that is smaller than 1.5 MB by using the SharePoint JavaScript object model, see Complete basic operations using JavaScript library code in SharePoint. The maximum size of a binary file that you can create with REST is 2 gigabytes (GB).

The following example shows how to create a large binary file.


This approach works only with Internet Explorer 10 and the latest versions of other browsers.

Copy url: http://site url/_api/web/GetFolderByServerRelativeUrl('/Folder Name')/Files/Add(url='file name', overwrite=true) method: POST body: contents of binary file headers: Authorization: "Bearer " + accessToken X-RequestDigest: form digest value content-type: "application/json;odata=verbose" content-length:length of post body

My file is not that big, so not sure if I need to use this method? And what the h.. in the world Internet Explorer means in this context? Can you only upload the file using IE? What?

2 questions that arise in my head:

  1. Do I need to get authorization token in order to use REST API to upload the file
  2. Where in Sharepoint UI can I find this feature? Under My account? I've searched and didn't find anything that reminds this feature.
  3. Was someone able to upload a file using PowerShell into the Sharepoint web site?

1 Answer 1


I personally use the PnP module for working with SharePoint via PowerShell.


More specifically, the Add-PnPFile cmdlet.


Connect-PnPOnline -url $siteURL -UseWebLogin
Add-PnPFile -Path $localPathToFile -Folder $docLibName -Values @{Modified="1/1/2016", "Custom_x0020_Column"="Custom Value"}

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