How to download root level files from OneDrive using PowerShell?

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We have some one drive sites (approx 100), we want to download the root level files using CSOM and PowerShell. Can anyone please guide  on this?




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There are for sure a lot of examples over the Internet that you could easily adapta...for instance:
best response confirmed by Avian 1 (Frequent Contributor)

Hi Avian,


Use following code, hope this helps


#Module name: FinalDownload.ps1
#Modified By: Ashish Kanoongo 
#Date: 07-18-2017(mm/dd/yyyy)
#Purpose: Download Files or folders from OneDrive Site

#Download SharePointPnp PowerShell Module from
$siteUrl = ""
$downloadLocation = 'C:\temp'

#If MFA is not implement then use following
#$cred = Get-Credential -UserName $userName -Message "Enter Password"
#Connect-PnPOnline -Url $siteUrl -CreateDrive -Credentials $cred

#If MFA is Implemented, thne use following
Connect-PnPOnline -Url $siteUrl -UseWebLogin -CreateDrive

#Return the current context
$ctx = Get-PnPContext

#Set the Library/List Name which will be used for download
$list = Get-PnPList "Documents"

#Use if you want to download rootlevel folders
#$files = $list.RootFolder.Folders

#Use if you want to download rootlevel files
$files = $list.RootFolder.Files

#Load the files or folder of current context of select List or Library

#Execute the Context Query

#Loop for Each item which needs to Download
foreach ($file in $files)
#Retrieve each file and downloads it to the download folder location
Get-PNPFile -ServerRelativeUrl $file.ServerRelativeUrl -Path $DownloadLocation -Filename $file.Name -AsFile

@Ashish Kanoongo  Thanks for code. It saves my day.




Hi Ashish,


Thanks for code. It saves my day.




Amazing this works so well

@Ashish Kanoongo 


Further Question:  how do i download from a subfolder ?

Example subfolder: Documents/General/Email Messages/



Marcelo Finkielsztein

@MarceloFinki  In case you don't have the answer, this worked for me:


#Download SharePointPnp PowerShell Module from
$FolderSiteRelativeUrl = "Documents/MySubFolder"
$downloadLocation = 'C:\temp\MySiteSubfolder'

#If MFA is not implement then use following
#$cred = Get-Credential -UserName $userName -Message "Enter Password"
#Connect-PnPOnline -Url $siteUrl -CreateDrive -Credentials $cred

#If MFA is Implemented, thne use following
Connect-PnPOnline -Url $siteUrl -UseWebLogin -CreateDrive

#Use if you want to download rootlevel files
$files = Get-PnPFolderItem -FolderSiteRelativeUrl $FolderSiteRelativeUrl

#Loop for Each item which needs to Download
foreach ($file in $files)
#Retrieve each file and downloads it to the download folder location
Get-PNPFile -ServerRelativeUrl $file.ServerRelativeUrl -Path $DownloadLocation -Filename $file.Name -AsFile