Steps to Change SharePoint 2013/2016 List or Document Library using PowerShell or SharePoint Designer 2013 or using Open with Explorer Option

sharepoint online change document library url

In SharePoint 2013/2016 we often see the challenge of changing URL of a SharePoint list or document library. We all know that we don’t have an option to change the URL of a list or document library as part of settings. This SharePoint tutorial we will discuss how we can change list or document library using PowerShell or SharePoint designer 2013 or by using Open with Explorer option in SharePoint 2013/2016.

Since we don’t see an option as part of SharePoint list/library settings, which is not the end of the tunnel we have 3 different ways to change list URL in SharePoint 2013/2016.
  • Change list or document URL using PowerShell
  • Change list or document URL using Document Library – Open with explorer
  • Change list or document URL using SharePoint Designer
Let us walk through each and every approach.

PowerShell to change list or document library URL in SharePoint 2013/2016

It is always recommended to automate any manual job with PowerShell in SharePoint if the change is more than 2 items in the site collection. The below script help us to update the URL of a list or library.

PowerShell to Change SharePoint 2013/2016 Document Library URL

Below is the PowerShell script to change SharePoint 2013/2016 document library. You can write PowerShell scripts using Windows PowerShell ISE or Visual Studio Code.

$libOldURL = “TestDocumentLibrary”
$libNewURL = “TstDocLib”
$web = Get-SPWeb -Identity “http://SharePoint13:12345/KVNTest/”
$objLib = $web.GetList($web.Url + “/” + $libOldURL)
$objRootFolder = $objLib.RootFolder
$objRootFolder.MoveTo($web.Url + “/” + $libNewURL)
$web.Close()




Document Library URL:

Below you can see the document library URL has been changed.

how to change library url using powershell in sharepoint 2013
how to change library URL using PowerShell in SharePoint 2013

Once you run the above PowerShell script, the document library URL will be changed like below:

how to change list url using powershell in sharepoint 2013
how to change list URL using PowerShell in SharePoint 2013

In the above PowerShell script, we are moving the root folder of the library, this will move all the data and properties seamlessly.

PowerShell to Change SharePoint 2013/2016 List URL

Below is the PowerShell script to change SharePoint 2013/2016 list.

$lstOldURL = “Sample List”
$lstNewURL = “smpList”
$web = Get-SPWeb -Identity “http://Sharepoint13:12345/KVNTest/”
$web.Lists[$lstOldURL].RootFolder.MoveTo($lstNewURL)
$web.Close()

Change Document Library URL with Open with Explorer Option

This approach is a very simple and handy approach which can be accomplished by any user who nominated as a SharePoint site owner. Steps to be accomplished to change SharePoint document library URL with Open with Explorer option.

  1. Navigate to Document Library in SharePoint Site
  2. Click on Library in ribbon control
  3. Click on “Open with Explorer” option under “Connect & Export” section
Change Document library URL in SharePoint 2013
Change Document library URL in SharePoint 2013



4. Navigate one level above

Change List URL in SharePoint 2013
Change List URL in SharePoint 2013
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Change-List-URL-in-SharePoint-2013-using-powershell

5. Now that you can see all the SharePoint 2013/2016 document libraries & List in the Site as folders

sharepoint 2013 change list url powershell
sharepoint 2013 change list url powershell

6. Rename the document library / List you are looking for

sharepoint online change document library url
sharepoint online change document library url

Change Document Library or List URL using SharePoint Designer 2013

The last and a sensitive approach, the reason why I am stressing as sensitive is if we make any small typo mistake entire site will come down. Here I will show, how you can change SharePoint 2013/2016 document library or list using SharePoint designer 2013.



Steps to be followed:
1. Open SharePoint Designer 2013 and open the SharePoint site
2. Click on All Files
3. Right click on the required list to be altered and click on Rename option
4. Once you rename navigate back to site in IE and check the URL and name of the list.

sharepoint document library url
sharepoint document library url
sharepoint 2013 change library url powershell
SharePoint 2013 change library url PowerShell

You may like following SharePoint list or document library tutorials:

Here we saw how we can change SharePoint 2013/2016 list or document library using PowerShell or SharePoint designer 2013. Also, we saw how we can change SharePoint list or document library using Open with Explorer option in SharePoint 2013/2016.

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About Krishna Vandanapu

I am Krishna.Vandanapu a SharePoint architect working in IT from last 13+ years, I worked in SharePoint 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016 and Office 365. I have extensive hands on experience in customizing SharePoint sites from end to end. Expertise in SharePoint migration tools like Sharegate, Doc Ave and Metalogix. Migrated SharePoint sites from SharePoint 2007 to 2010 and 2010 to 2013 several times seamlessly. Implementing CSOM with Microsoft best practices. Spent quality time in configuring SharePoint application services like User Profile, Search, Managed Meta data services etc. Now exploring SharePoint Framework and SharePoint 2019

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