Download Attachments using PowerShell – SharePoint 2010/2013

By | February 24, 2016

#For MOSS 2007 compatibility
Function global:Get-SPWeb($url)
$site= New-Object Microsoft.SharePoint.SPSite($url)
if($site -ne $null)
return $web

#Site URL and List Name variables
$WebURL = "https://SharePoint"
$LibraryName = "REPORT" #This can be list or document library, if list has multiple attachements it will download all - Note: This PS will create a folder with list Item ID.

#Local folder to which attachments to be downloaded
$DownloadPath = "E:\Admin\reports"

#Get the web
$Web = Get-SPWeb $WebURL
#Get the Library
$List = $Web.Lists[$LibraryName]

#Loop through each List item
foreach ($ListItem in $List.Items)
#Set path to save attachment
$DestinationFolder = $DownloadPath + "\" + $ListItem.ID

#Check if folder exists already. If not, create the folder
if (!(Test-Path -path $DestinationFolder))
New-Item $DestinationFolder -type directory

#Get all attachments
$AttachmentsColl = $ListItem.Attachments

#Loop through each attachment
foreach ($Attachment in $AttachmentsColl)
#Get the attachment File
$file = $web.GetFile($listItem.Attachments.UrlPrefix + $Attachment)
$bytes = $file.OpenBinary()

#Save the attachment as a file
$FilePath = $DestinationFolder + " \" + $Attachment
$fs = new-object System.IO.FileStream($FilePath, "OpenOrCreate")
$fs.Write($bytes, 0 , $bytes.Length)