I operate in an environment that has thousands of SharePoint sites. And I need to get a list of all the site "Titles".

My approach has been to use PowerQuery in an Excel workbook calling the SP rest API /_api/web/title on each site URL.

I have partial success, because of an authentication behaviour I don't understand

My goal is this...

SiteURL Title
https://myOrg.sharepoint.com/sites/edison/sitename1/_api/web/title This is Site Named 1
https://myOrg.sharepoint.com/sites/edison/sitename2/_api/web/title This is Site Named 2
... ...
https://myOrg.sharepoint.com/sites/edison/sitename3/_api/web/title This is Site Named 3
https://myOrg.sharepoint.com/sites/edison/sitename4/_api/web/title This site name is different
https://myOrg.sharepoint.com/sites/edison/sitename5/_api/web/title Test site x
... ...

To get the site title I use

= Table.AddColumn(#"Added Custom1", "getTitle", each Xml.Tables(Web.Contents([SiteURL]))),

As the PowerQuery is initiated, I am asked to authenticate (for the first time) which is expected. So I use the "organizational" option, this being SharePoint and all.

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Then the first few sites are loaded, maybe 400 of them out of 2,000 and this error message pops up.

Error Message

But if I manually type in the address to a browser, there's no issue at all.

Access is not an issue

So, I acknowledge the errors, and try refresh again. This time we get a little further, and then the error pops up again. It tells me I'm not signed in... to the same environment?!?

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So what am I not understanding? PowerQuery randomly fails to get the API results.

But's the same SharePoint "farm" / domain/ whatever it's called. And it's not that I don't have permissions - I do as demonstrated.

What is going on?

1 Answer 1


You are being throttled. You can't send too many API requests without being throttled.

HTTP 429 indicates the calling application sent too many requests in a time window and exceeded a predetermined limit

If possible, I would recommend getting a list of all SharePoint sites using one of these methods:

  1. Manually export the list of sites from the SharePoint Online Admin center
  2. Get a list of sites using PnP PowerShell. And Save it to PowerShell.
  3. Get a list of sites using Official SharePoint Online PowerShell Module. And Save it to PowerShell


Connect-SPOService -url "https://contoso-admin.sharepoint.com"
Get-SPOSite Limit ALL| Export-CSV -LiteralPath SharePointSites.csv -NoTypeInformation

Then, you can use this CSV file as a data source in your Power BI report. I assume getting a list of all SharePoint sites does not make sense since their names rarely change.

  • That makes sense :)I shall try....
    – Maxcot
    Sep 6, 2022 at 3:30

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