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SharePoint Document Puller v4.0

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SharePoint Document Puller is a tool to extract documents from the SharePoint's DB. It works with SharePoint Portal Server 2003 (and WSS 2.0).

I have made several changes in this version. There were requests for new features. I have tried to include everything that people requested. The only thing you will find missing is a progress bar or a status  bar that displays the download status.


Version 1.0
Version 2.0
Version 3.0


You see a configuration screen when you run the application for the first time.

Use this screen to add your database connectivity details. Select server from Server dropdown. Click (Re)Load to populate the Server dropdown if it's empty. Add Username and Password and click Connect. This will populate the Database dropdown. There is a possibility that some one is using different databases for different instances (portals) of SharePoint. Select the database from the Database and click the Save button. This will save the configuration and next time, you start the application, you will be taken directly to the Download Documents screen. You can also add a connection string. Select the second radio button to enable the text box and add the connection string and click the Save button to save the configuration.

Shortcut keys

Key Functionality Screen
Ctrl+1 Download Documents  
Alt+O Download Documents  
Ctrl+2 Download Libraries  
Alt+E Download Libraries  
Ctrl+3 Configuration  
Alt+C Configuration  
Ctrl+4 About  
Alt+A About  
Alt+S Select All Items Download Documents
Alt+D Copy Directory Structure Download Documents
Alt+B Browse Download Documents
Alt+V View Documents Download Documents
Alt+P Pull Document(s) Download Documents
Alt+S Select All Items Download Libraries
Alt+D Copy Directory Structure Download Libraries
Alt+B Browse Download Libraries
Alt+V View Sites Download Libraries
Alt+P Pull Document(s) Download Libraries
Alt+L (Re)Load Configuration
Alt+C Connect Configuration
Alt+S Save Configuration

Download Documents

Click View Documents to populate list box with the documents. Select a destination and click Pull Document(s) to download all documents to your hard disk. Check Copy Directory Structure checkbox if you want to copy the directory structure of each file. Similarly, if you want to download complete libraries, select Download Libraries from the menu bar. List box will show you all the libraries that have documents. Select the libraries you want to download, select a destination and click Pull Document(s). Application searches almost all types of files including .doc, .xls, .mdb, .pdf, .gif, .jpg, etc.

Download SharePoint Document Puller v4.0

Published Friday, December 29, 2006 9:41 PM by ssa

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Krishna said:

Exactly what i was looking for! Thank you so much!

December 29, 2006 8:52 AM

Neha said:

Excellent tool! Its so easy to use. Can I download PPT files with this tool?


December 29, 2006 8:53 AM

grayghost said:

Interesting.  So it's a GUI version of the export tool included in Keith Richie's SPUtiliSuite?
December 29, 2006 9:17 AM

William V. said:

I am setting up my company's departments in MOSS. This tool will come in handy for downloading and archiving documents uploaded by thousands of users across the company that is scattered in 5 countries. I just tested it with 2003. I like the directory structure feature. It helps when archiving documents as separate zip files. Excellent tool! Thank you.
December 29, 2006 9:47 AM

ajaxspider said:

I need a similar tool for MOSS
December 29, 2006 9:48 AM

ssa said:

Hi Grayghost,

I didn't know that Keith's utility suite had a similar tool included. Although i tested a couple of utilities from his suite months ago but didn't notice the tool you are talking about. I would like to check that out! :)


December 29, 2006 9:51 AM

Ramba said:

I just need a list of all files in the sharepoint. It would be nice if you include a feature to publish a list of files available in sharepoint.


December 29, 2006 9:53 AM

ssa said:

Hi Ramba,

I wrote an application years ago :) that did exactly what you are looking for. That application is still available somewhere on my blog. Just search my blog for keywords like explorer, sharepoint explorer. That application generates an excel sheet as an output.


December 29, 2006 9:56 AM

David Moore said:

Nice tool!
December 29, 2006 9:58 AM

David Moore said:

Nice tool!
December 29, 2006 9:58 AM

Geena said:

I dont know password to the sql server. how can i use the connection string?
December 29, 2006 10:12 AM

David Moore said:


Try using the trusted connection in the connection string. See the second figure in the post. It contains the connection string! ;)
December 29, 2006 10:14 AM

Geena said:


Thanks for the help. :) you r genius!
December 29, 2006 10:16 AM

Joseph said:

can we archive these documents without downloading?
December 29, 2006 10:17 AM

grayghost said:

I want to say that the utility is named SPExportWeb which goes and basically dumps the site to the filesystem.  Comes in handy :)
December 31, 2006 12:45 AM

ssa said:

Thanks for the info grayghost!
December 31, 2006 1:41 AM

Remco Ploeg said:

Good job, great tool!
January 3, 2007 9:30 AM

decatec said:

Thanks .... this tool will be perfect for content migrations
January 7, 2007 8:33 AM

ssa said:

Thanks Remco!
January 9, 2007 5:48 AM

ssa said:

Thanks Decatec!
January 9, 2007 5:49 AM

Alberto said:

Fantastic! Thanks!! Is a great tool!
Now, i have a question... and if someone (I... for example) wants that the documents in a site are download and after delete from the site every 5 days... do you know a method for do it?
January 11, 2007 3:02 AM

ssa said:


Thanks for liking the tool. You are suggesting a new feature! :) Yes, of course, you can do it. With some extra programming this can be done! I will try to incorporate this feature but it will take time.


January 12, 2007 12:40 AM

Alberto said:

Thankt to you.
If you want a help perhaps I can avail you.
I don't know the SharePoint architecture but I have knowledge of SQL Server and some language of programming (Java, VB, C, ASP) ...
In each case i attend your new solutions. :)

January 12, 2007 4:25 AM

ssa said:

Thank you very much Alberto! Thanks indeed for the help offer! My next goal is to create a similar tool for the latest SharePoint server (MOSS 2007).


January 12, 2007 9:03 AM

MOSS 2007 and Code Access Security
Have you ever written a web part or a web service? If yes then you must have dealt with a security problem. Writing a web part or web service may not be a big issue but deploying them is certainly a headache. You start getting permission errors as soon as you deploy your code on the server. I recently wrote an article demonstrating the web service creation process and I promised in that article that I would write about Code Access Security (CAS) in another article. There are three ways to assign execution permissions to your code:
1. Increase the trust level for the entire virtual server
2. Create a custom policy file for your assemblies
3. Install your assemblies in the GAC
In the article, we installed our assembly in the GAC but the safest method is to create a custom policy file for the assembly. Following article on MSDN contains complete details on code access security:
Written in July 2003, this is one of the most comprehensive articles written on "SharePoint and Code Access Security".
For security reasons, the assembly must be installed in the bin directory of the application instead of GAC but installing it in the bin directory requires you to assign execution permissions to the assembly. One way is to increase the trust level of the entire virtual server. This is easy to implement but this option is least secure as it affects all assemblies used by that virtual server. Second way is to create a custom policy file and this is the recommended approach. This option is most secure but difficult to implement. In this article, we will create a custom policy file for an assembly (web service assembly) written for MOSS 2007.
Creating a Custom Policy File
1. Go to the following location on the server:
LocalDrive:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft Sharedweb server extensions12CONFIG
2. Make a copy of wss_minimaltrust.config and rename it wss_customtrust.config.
3. Open wss_customtrust.config file using any text editor.
4. Under the <SecurityClasses> element, add a reference to the SharePointPermissions class as follows:

<SecurityClass Name="SharePointPermission" Description="Microsoft.SharePoint.Security.SharePointPermission, Microsoft.SharePoint.Security, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" />
5. Search for the <PermissionSet> tag where the name attribute equals ASP.NET. If you couldn't find that <PermissionSet> tag, locate the one that has SPRestricted in the name attribute.
6. Copy the entire tag and all of its children, and paste a copy of it immediately below the one you copied.
7. Change the name of the PermissionSet element from ASP.NET (or SPRestricted) to CustomTrust.



8. Add the following <IPermission> node to the <PermissionSet> element where the name attribute equals CustomTrust:

<IPermission class="SharePointPermission" version="1" ObjectModel="True" />
Therefore, the resulting customized <PermissionSet> will look as follows:
<IPermission class="AspNetHostingPermission"
="1" Level="Minimal"
<IPermission class="SecurityPermission"
="1" Flags="Execution"
<IPermission class="WebPartPermission"
<IPermission class="SharePointPermission" version="1" ObjectModel="True" />
9. Once you define the customized element, you must create a code group to specify when the CLR should apply the permission set. (For details, see the original Microsoft article). Locate <CodeGroup> tag where the class attribute equals FirstMatchCodeGroup and copy following CodeGroup immediately below it:

<CodeGroup class="UnionCodeGroup" version="1" PermissionSetName="CustomTrust">
IMembershipCondition class="UrlMembershipCondition" version="1" Url="$AppDirUrl$/bin/*" />
The membership condition for this new code group is based on URL membership and the URL points to the bin directory. The permissions will be applied to all the assemblies in the bin directory of the current application. You can also use strong name membership but then the permissions will  be applied only to one assembly. For example, if I have written a web service and I wanted to assign permissions to my assembly only, I would use strong name membership. Copy following code immediately below the <CodeGroup> tag where the class attribute equals FirstMatchCodeGroup, if you want to use strong name membership:
<CodeGroup class="UnionCodeGroup"
<IMembershipCondition class="StrongNameMembershipCondition"
Name="UploadService" />
Replace PublicKeyBlob value with your own value and change the name of the assembly in the Name attribute. Name attribute contains the name of the assembly. To retrieve the public key blob for an assembly, use the secutil.exe tool. Please note that publickeyblob is different from publickeytoken. Secutil.exe is located in the following folder:
LocalDrive:Program FilesMicrosoft Visual Studio 8SDKv2.0Bin
To retrieve the public key blob for your assembly, either copy the secutil.exe tool to the folder that contains your assembly else provide exact path to the assembly in the command, and run the tool as follows:
secutil.exe -hex -s UploadService.dll > blob.txt
UploadService.dll is the name of the assembly. This command will create a text file named blob.txt. Open blob.txt and copy the public key and paste it in the publickeyblob attribute.
10. Save and close the file. The policy file is ready to use.
11. Open the web.config file for the virtual server where you have deployed your component and add the following <trustlevel> tag to the SecurityPolicy element:
 <trustLevel name="WSS_Custom" policyFile="LocalDrive:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft SharedWeb Server Extensions12configwss_customtrust.config" />
Virtual Directories for web applications are located in the following folder:
Suppose I want to deploy my web service in the web application configured at port 17316. The URL of that application would be http://localhost:17316/ and its virtual directory will be:
Create a bin folder in this path and copy your assembly to the bin folder. The web.config for this virtual server will be located in the following folder:
In the web.config file,  change the <trust> tag so that it refers to the newly defined trust level.
<trust level="WSS_Custom" originUrl="" />
12. Save and close the web.config file.
13. Restart IIS to apply the custom policy to the specified virtual server.

Di niente, di meno, sul mondo dell'informatica.... said:

January 25, 2007 8:20 AM

Di niente, di meno, sul mondo dell'informatica.... said:

January 25, 2007 9:49 AM

deeptyranjan said:

It will be very much usefull if it will display all the detail and complete structure of MOSS 2007 object model

SharePoint 2007 Object Model

It's very urgent  !!!

If anybody have any Idea Please let me know.
February 8, 2007 3:30 AM

Ryan said:

This was very helpful. After following the steps listed in your post I get the following exception when running my application:

"System.IO.FileLoadException: The given assembly name or codebase was invalid. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80131047)".

Any ideas?

February 9, 2007 2:05 PM

ssa said:

Hi Ryan,

Thanks for reading and liking the article. The error you are getting has nothing to do with the code access security. This error occurs when path to your assembly is longer than 255 characters. Make the path shorter to get rid of this error. There are a couple of good links on google that discuss this issue in detail. Here are a couple of links for your convenience:

Hope this helps. Let me know if this does not solve your problem.

Good luck


February 10, 2007 2:38 AM

Abhishek Agrawal said:

It is very useful and comprehensive article for deploying/developing ASP.NET application in sharepoint
February 13, 2007 5:26 AM

Pedro Rainho said:

I have used your Sample Custom Policy File and i have looked at the microsoft site and i'm still having the same problem. i'm doing this in my sample webpart

using (SPSite site = SPControl.GetContextSite(HttpContext.Current))
                   ServerContext context = ServerContext.GetContext(site);
                   SPWeb ferias = site.AllWebs["Ferias"];
                   site.AllowUnsafeUpdates = true;
                   ferias.AllowUnsafeUpdates = true;
                   ferias.Lists.ListsForCurrentUser = true;
                   SPList feriasConfiguracao = ferias.Lists["FeriasConfiguracao"];

                   SPListItem item = feriasConfiguracao.Items.Add();

                   item["Nome"] = "Nome1";

                   item["Valor"] = "Valor1";


it's simple insert an item in a list, and the error continues to be:
Request for the permission of type 'Microsoft.SharePoint.Security.SharePointPermission, Microsoft.SharePoint.Security, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c' failed.

i have simple created a webpart and copy the dll to the bin folder and when i use the web part i receive that error. Any ideas????
February 13, 2007 6:30 AM

ssa said:

Thanks Abhishek
February 13, 2007 8:57 AM

ssa said:


Did you install the assembly in the GAC?
February 13, 2007 8:58 AM

Anders Rask said:

Hi, thanx for the article.

A comment though:

Wouldnt it be better (read more fine grained) to use the assembly name instead of the blob?

Using the blob will give access to all assemblies signed with the same SNK file.

Using the name will give you more control on what assemblies are allowed higher privileges -and IMHO thats what CAS is all about ;-)
February 13, 2007 10:19 AM

Anders Rask said:

Ahh sorry, i just saw you specified both blob and assembly name :-D
February 13, 2007 4:26 PM

ssa said:

Thanks for commenting Anders! :)

February 14, 2007 1:39 AM

Pedro Rainho said:

No, i don't want to install in the gac, i want to copy dll to bin directory, install in the gac is't the same as give full trust in the web.config and i don't want that. If i give full trust my webpart works fine but that is not recomended by MS. i just want to create a simple Custom Policy File that runs the example i posted before.
February 19, 2007 9:21 AM

Suleman said:

Your both articles (MOSS 2007 and Code Access Security & Creating a Custom Web Service for SharePoint ) are really good, the way you described, steps, is simply great.

I'm facing a problem, if you have some solution please let me know and thanks in advance.

I have deployed a simple web service (that returns "Hello world")  on "Server2" then deployed a webpart on "Server1" and call the service from "Server2" it throws an exception "401 Unauthorized ......" when I use Default or Default Network Credentials. e.g.

Web_Ref.PagesList listService = new Web_Ref.PagesList();
listService.Url = siteURL + "/_layouts/KPMGTestService/pageslist.asmx";
listService.Credentials = System.Net.CredentialCache.DefaultNetworkCredentials;
listService.PreAuthenticate = true;

but when I pass userName and password to Network Credentials it works fine. e.g.

System.Net.NetworkCredential ntCred = new System.Net.NetworkCredential("UID", "Pwd", "Domain");
listService.Credentials = ntCred;

My Problem is, I want to use DefaultCredentials or DefaultNetworkCredentials because in my actual webpart somehow i don't wanna impersonate or pass any UID and Pwd etc because i need to check user rights in webservice.

Note: this service works fine if i called it using a Console application.

If you have any Idea, please let me know here in this blog or if you can mail me , that will be great, at suleman.ibrahim@hotmail.com

Once again Thanks.
February 19, 2007 3:56 PM

ssa said:

One thing, the line listService.PreAuthenticate = true; should come before the "credentials" line. Like this:

listService.PreAuthenticate = true;
listService.Credentials = System.Net.CredentialCache.DefaultNetworkCredentials;

Second thing, make sure the login you use for logging in has approp. permissions in SharePoint.
February 20, 2007 4:22 AM

ssa said:


Which method of authetication are you using in the custom policy file? the URL method OR the blob method??
February 20, 2007 4:36 AM

Suleman said:

Yes, the line listService.PreAuthenticate = true; is come before the "credentials" line. It was just an copy pasting mistake.

I have tried both URL and Blob methods in Custom policy file and after updating file I did IISReset but it doesn't work.

Login, I'm using for logging has Administrator rights on both servers and has site Collection administrator rights on both portals.

One thing more, if I make changes in my service should I create disco and wsdl files again or that is not necessary And what is the imapct of these files cuz I tried my service without these files but result doesn't change wheather I have deployed these files or not.

Thanks for your time.
February 20, 2007 8:37 AM

Suleman said:

The problem has been resolved actually we should have to use "Kerberos" Authentication Settings instead of "NTLM", if we wanna access some remote server Services etc. I dont wanna go into details but if anyone wanna know about it, differences between "Kerberos" and "NTLM", can read following article.

Once again thanks for time and comments.

February 20, 2007 1:48 PM

Suleman said:

But, I still wanna know about my last question.

"if I make changes in my service should I create disco and wsdl files again or that is not necessary And what is the imapct of these files cuz I tried my service without these files but result doesn't change wheather I have deployed these files or not."

February 20, 2007 1:58 PM

ssa said:

If there are no major changes then there is no need to recreate wsdl and disco files, your web service will work fine.
February 22, 2007 4:13 AM

sireve said:


I have a problem with this sentence:

string rol = myweb.RoleDefinitions["admin"].Name;

Webpart "x" seems to be causing a problem .Is not the level of permissions.

Any Ideas?? And Pedro, I have the same problem in other webpart...
Have you got the solution? web.configgg!! :s
February 22, 2007 12:24 PM

ssa said:


What is the error message that you get? Cant tell you the problem without looking at the error first!


February 23, 2007 1:57 AM

sireve said:

Hi, I said you, sorry I'm not explain,
this is the error:

Webpart "mywebpart" seems to be causing a problem .Is not the level of permissions.
(this is a traslation message, my MOSS is in spanish)

February 23, 2007 6:13 AM

ssa said:

hmm.. i guess the web part tries to access an area in SharePoint for which it does not have permissions. wait a minute! What are you creating? a web part, web service or just an application using the object model?

February 23, 2007 10:03 AM

sireve said:

This is an error webpart. But the objective is to obtain the group/rol to which the user belongs, in my example user "admin".. how I get it??

thanks ssa
February 24, 2007 6:15 AM

Paul said:

Great Article!  I was going around in circles for a couple hours befire finding your post.  I walked thru it and presto, my webpart is now showing.  I was getting the same error that Pedro(above) was getting.
(Pedro, in case you haven't resolved your issue.  I believe the key part of the post was to edit the local web.config file and make sure the wss_custom_minimaltrust.config (in my case) has a reference in the security policy section (I'd done most of the edits already, but forgot to tell the local web.config about it ):
<trustLevel name="WSS_Custom" policyFile="C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft Sharedweb server extensions12CONFIGwss_custom_minimaltrust.config" />
Thanks again,
March 25, 2007 8:20 PM

ssa said:

Many Thanks Paul!
March 31, 2007 1:08 AM

Geo said:

This was very helpful. After following the steps listed in your post I get the following exception when running my application:
The given assembly name or codebase was invalid. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80131047).
The only additional part which I am trying to do in my web part is Loading the XML in XMLDocument object using Load method from the local drive.
April 24, 2007 11:06 PM

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