I'm currently listening to the ItemAdded event using a RER for a DocumentLibrary, this so far works perfectly. However I have an issue where when I try to access the file stream it returns as null. I feel like I have this correct but I also can't seem to find any create documentation on it.

List docs = clientContext.Web.Lists.GetById(listId);
ListItem item = docs.GetItemById(listItemId);
var file = item.File.OpenBinaryStream();
  • Are you able to debug it? Why don't you use SPFx or PowerApps? Jul 24, 2020 at 7:28
  • @UtkarshDubey I am not using Power Apps because when using OneDrive sync the file uploads/creation is not detected. I have tested Power Apps extensively for my goal in many different ways with no success. At least with a RER I am getting the events to fire properly.
    – Matt
    Jul 24, 2020 at 14:40

1 Answer 1


Try the code snippet below, use FileInformation class to get the file stream:

    using (var clientContext = new ClientContext("https://zheguo.sharepoint.com/"))
        clientContext.Credentials = new Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.SharePointOnlineCredentials(userName, securePassword);
        Web web = clientContext.Web;

        List docList = web.Lists.GetByTitle("Documents");
        ListItem docItem = docList.GetItemById(1);
        clientContext.Load(docItem, a => a.File);
        FileInformation fi = Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.File.OpenBinaryDirect(clientContext, docItem.File.ServerRelativeUrl.ToString());
        var fileStream = fi.Stream;
        using (FileStream outputFileStream = new FileStream("C:\\Test.jpg", FileMode.Create))


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