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How to upload/download a document in SharePoint 2010 using Client Context Object Model

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In order to use ClientContext I need to add reference to two dll’s to my project i.e. Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.dll and Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Runtime.dll.In this blog I’ll display how to Get ListItemCollection from SharePoint document list using CAML Upload a document to SharePoint

In order to use ClientContext I need to add reference to two dll’s to my project i.e. Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.dll and Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Runtime.dll.

In this blog I’ll display how to

  • Get ListItemCollection from SharePoint document list using CAML
  • Upload a document to SharePoint Document list
  • Download a document from SharePoint Document list

Get ListItemCollection from SharePoint Document list using CAML

I can get the ListItemCollection as displayed in code snippets below

ListItemCollection listItems = GetListItemCollectionFromSP("FileLeafRef", 
    documentName, "Text", 1);

The GetListItemCollectionFromSP returns the List item and the parameters to method are

name – Name of the FieldRef, value = value to match for that FieldRef, type – Type of the value and rowLimit – Maximum number of rows to fetch

private static ListItemCollection GetListItemCollectionFromSP(string name, 
   string value, string type, int rowLimit)
//Update siteURL and DocumentListName with as per your site
string siteURL = "URL of the Site";
string documentListName = "DocumentList";
ListItemCollection listItems = null;
using (ClientContext clientContext = new ClientContext(siteURL))

List documentsList = clientContext.Web.Lists.GetByTitle(documentListName);

CamlQuery camlQuery = new CamlQuery(); ;

camlQuery.ViewXml =


<FieldRef Name='" + name + @"'/>

<Value Type='" + type + "'>" + value + @"</Value>

<RowLimit>" + rowLimit.ToString() + @"</RowLimit>


listItems = documentsList.GetItems(camlQuery);



return listItems;


Upload a document to SharePoint Document List:

In this case I want to upload a document to SharePoint document list and also update the field metadata i.e. for field “DocType” to “Favourites” as in this example using ClientContext. The code snippet is displayed below

public void UploadDocument(string siteURL, string documentListName,
string documentListURL, string documentName,

byte[] documentStream)

using (ClientContext clientContext = new ClientContext(siteURL))

//Get Document List
List documentsList = clientContext.Web.Lists.GetByTitle(documentListName);

var fileCreationInformation = new FileCreationInformation();
//Assign to content byte[] i.e. documentStream

fileCreationInformation.Content = documentStream;
//Allow owerwrite of document

fileCreationInformation.Overwrite = true;
//Upload URL

fileCreationInformation.Url = siteURL + documentListURL + documentName;
Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.File uploadFile = documentsList.RootFolder.Files.Add(

//Update the metadata for a field having name "DocType"
uploadFile.ListItemAllFields["DocType"] = "Favourites";



Download a document from SharePoint Document List

I can download the document using the code snippets displayed below

public Stream DownloadDocument(string siteURL, string documentName)

ListItem item = GetDocumentFromSP(documentName);
if (item != null)

using (ClientContext clientContext = new ClientContext(siteURL))

FileInformation fInfo = Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.File.OpenBinaryDirect(clientContext,
    item ["FileRef"].ToString());            

return fInfo.Stream;

return null;


private static ListItem GetDocumentFromSP(string documentName)

//This method is discussed above i.e. Get List Item Collection from SharePoint
//Document List
ListItemCollection listItems = GetListItemCollectionFromSP("FileLeafRef", 
    documentName, "Text", 1);

return (listItems != null && listItems.Count == 1) ? listItems[0] : null;



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Comments and Discussions

Questionus in VSTA Pinmemberchristy000083-Feb-14 11:17 
QuestionVersioning PinmemberMendocina16-Dec-13 10:21 
QuestionFileInformation? Pinmemberzaitsman17-Mar-13 14:00 
QuestionNeed some clearification PinmemberShubhranshu from Mumba1-Feb-13 2:20 
GeneralMy vote of 3 Pinmembermaloneb27-Aug-10 13:28 
GeneralRe: My vote of 3 Pinmemberatverma28-Aug-10 19:26 
GeneralProblems with code Pinmembermaloneb27-Aug-10 13:27 
First, let me say that this article is very helpful - it's getting me jumpstarted with the Client Object Model -
However, I found a few problems with the code:
In the DownloadDocument method, ClientOM is not a valid reference. As far as I can see, it should be Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.
In GetListItemCollectionsFromSP method, there are two variables that are not defined: siteURL and documentListName.
Thanks for the post - hope to see this refined into ready to use code. Would also be helpful if you include project files for use as example.
GeneralRe: Problems with code Pinmemberuskumar3328-Aug-10 2:48 
GeneralRe: Problems with code Pinmemberatverma28-Aug-10 19:24 

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