Please provide me powershell script to export the list from one web application to another web application. Only list structure need to copy like list name, columns etc not data

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Here is the Powerhell code for exporting a list without contents.

$web = Get-SPWeb -Identity "SiteUrl"
$list = $web.Lists["ListName"]
$list.SaveAsTemplate("File_Name.stp", "List_Template_Title", 
"Description", $false);
  • I haven't tried your code, but is false something in PowerShell? I would expect $false
    – eirikb
    Feb 20, 2014 at 8:58
  • Sorry it is a typo. You are right. It should be $false Feb 20, 2014 at 9:01
  • Updated the answer. Feb 20, 2014 at 9:02
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    Great. Have my upvote :) (I usually don't care, but perhaps $web.Dispose()?)
    – eirikb
    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:41

You can use the SPList.SaveAsTemplate cmdlet for that.

SPSite oSiteCollection = SPContext.Current.Site;
SPList oList = oSiteCollection.AllWebs["Site_Name"].Lists["List_Title"];
oList.SaveAsTemplate("File_Name.stp", "List_Template_Title", 
"Description", true);

Then upload the template file into your destination site's template gallery and you should be able to create a list from it.

Or, if you'd like to preserve all the content versions and permissions, you can use Export-SPWeb.

Export-SPWeb http://youSPSite/ -path ”D:\backup\Documents.cmp” -ItemUrl /Documents -IncludeVersions All -IncludeUserSecurity

**edit - I now see that my first code is c#. Crappy morning today, please have a look at Nadeem's code below to see the same method used in PowerShell

  • Http://yoursite( here i have to post site url or list url?) Itemurl( what i need to put here?)
    – Brishal
    Feb 20, 2014 at 9:37
  • the url points to your site/web and the itemurl is a relative url to your list. Please have a look at the documentation that I provided. Feb 20, 2014 at 10:07

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