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


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);
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  • I haven't tried your code, but is false something in PowerShell? I would expect $false – eirikb Feb 20 '14 at 8:58
  • Sorry it is a typo. You are right. It should be $false – Nadeem Yousuf Feb 20 '14 at 9:01
  • Updated the answer. – Nadeem Yousuf Feb 20 '14 at 9:02
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    Great. Have my upvote :) (I usually don't care, but perhaps $web.Dispose()?) – eirikb Feb 20 '14 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

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  • Http://yoursite( here i have to post site url or list url?) Itemurl( what i need to put here?) – Brishal Feb 20 '14 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. – Rafał Saltarski Feb 20 '14 at 10:07

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