How to download files from SharePoint online using WebClient

Copper Contributor

I'm trying to download files from SharePoint online using 4.8 WebClient and the Microsoft.SharePointOnline.CSOM package. Here is sample code, what am I doing wrong?


string uid = "";
string pwd = "mypassword";
string url = "";
var sp = new SecureString();
foreach (var c in pwd.ToCharArray())
var cred= new SharePointOnlineCredentials(uid, sp);
using (var cl = new WebClient())
    cl.Credentials = credentials;
    cl.Headers.Add("X-FORMS_BASED_AUTH_ACCEPTED", "f");
    cl.DownloadFile(url, "C:\\temp\\Hello.docx); 



I'm getting a 401 Unauthorized error. To double-check that my credentials were right, I logged out and back into the SharePoint environment using the same credentials.


To test if it helps, I added a few of other user agents to the header.


cl.Headers.Add("user-agent", "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.2; .NET CLR 1.0.3705;)");
also tried...
cl.Headers.Add("User-Agent: Other");


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