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I would like to read the content of XML files in SharePoint Online. I would like to check if the XML file contains some text. I already tried something like this but it is not working:

Connect-PnPOnline https://myCompany.sharepoint.com/teams/SomeSiteCollection
$fileRelativeURL = "/SomeDocumentLibrary/test.xml"
$file = Get-PnPFile -Url $fileRelativeURL -AsListItem
$stream = $file.OpenBinaryStream()

But the stream is empty and has no value.

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How to get the content of a file in PowerShell and SharePoint Online?

  • Try this and let me know if it works for you. – Ganesh Sanap Jun 17 at 9:48
  • Hi @GaneshSanap, thank you. This article is SharePoint on prem. I would like to run a powershell script to SharePoint Online. – Jackson Jun 17 at 9:55
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    You can get the XML content as a string using PnP PowerShell in SP Online. check my answer below. – Ganesh Sanap Jun 17 at 9:58
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To get the XML file content as a string in a variable, use below code:

Connect-PnPOnline -Url https://tenant.sharepoint.com/sites/SiteName -UseWebLogin
$fileRelativeURL = "/sites/SiteName/Shared Documents/test.xml"
$file = Get-PnPFile -Url $fileRelativeURL -AsString

Documentation: Get-PnPFile - Examples

Then you can check if the text is present in XML file string or not using:

$textToFind = "SomeTextFromFile"
$index = $file.indexOf($textToFind)

If $index is equal to -1 then the substring ($textToFind) is not found in XML file content Else it is found.

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