I see that the OM API can do it, but is there any way to use the REST API to upload files (word docs and PDF's) to a document library, and update the data items as well. I want to use Java to do this, so the OM is not applicable.


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You just use an HTTP PUT to place a file in a library. It's not so much REST as good old HTTP ...

From that link:

WebResponse response = null;

    // Create a PUT Web request to upload the file.
    WebRequest request = WebRequest.Create(SharePointPath);

    request.Credentials = CredentialCache.DefaultCredentials;
    request.Method = "PUT";

    // Allocate a 1 KB buffer to transfer the file contents.
    // You can adjust the buffer size as needed, depending on
    // the number and size of files being uploaded.
    byte[] buffer = new byte[1024];

    // Write the contents of the local file to the
    // request stream.
    using (Stream stream = request.GetRequestStream())
    using (FileStream fsWorkbook = File.Open(UploadedFilePath,
        FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read))
        int i = fsWorkbook.Read(buffer, 0, buffer.Length);

        while (i > 0)
            stream.Write(buffer, 0, i);
            i = fsWorkbook.Read(buffer, 0, buffer.Length);

    // Make the PUT request.
    response = request.GetResponse();
catch (Exception ex)
    throw ex;

To update them, then make REST calls subsequently. I've not found a way of doing this that isn't two stage.

  • Thanks!:) this works fine for me , and my file is getting uploade to a sharepoint document library.But the file stores in a check out mode, can u let me know how to check in those ....
    – user10798
    Sep 19, 2012 at 6:58
  • My problem is this works, but for instance Excel files are detected as ZIP files by Sharepoint. :( stackoverflow.com/questions/32857705/… Sep 30, 2015 at 11:41

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