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Office 365 Management – Part I – Delete All SubSites (C#)

By Soma Choudhuri  |  Published on June 3, 2014

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You are using O365 for your SharePoint. You have created several Sub Sites in the process. Now you would like to delete these sub sites. But would like if these sub site deletion can be automated.

This below code snippet will delete all sub-sites in a SharePoint Online site collection. The code base is based on SharePoint Client object-model. For On-Prem you can use PowerShell, but for O365 below code is a better approach.

Details

Open Visual Studio, start a new console application with name “CA_deleteSubSites”. Paste the below code and change the variable wherever required.

using System;
using System.Text;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using System.Diagnostics;
using System.Configuration;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using Microsoft.Online.SharePoint.TenantAdministration;
using Microsoft.SharePoint.Client;
using Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Utilities;
using System.Security;
using System.IO;
using System.Linq;
namespace CA_deleteSubSites
{
classProgram
{
staticstring trgsiteuser = ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["trgsiteuser"]; //xxx.onmicrosoft.com user
staticstring mainpath = "https://xxxx.sharepoint.com";
staticvoid Main(string[] args)
{
string trgsiteuserpass = ConfigurationManager.AppSettings["trgsiteuserpass"];
string path = "https://xxxx.sharepoint.com/sites/demo"; // site to be deleted
SecureString passWord = newSecureString();
foreach (char c in trgsiteuserpass.ToCharArray()) passWord.AppendChar(c);
deleteallSubWebs(path, passWord );
}
publicstaticvoid deleteallSubWebs(string path, SecureString passWord)
{
try
{
//connect to the root site
using (ClientContext clientContext = newClientContext(path))
{
clientContext.Credentials = newSharePointOnlineCredentials(trgsiteuser, passWord);
if (clientContext != null)
{
Web oWebsite = clientContext.Web;
clientContext.Load(oWebsite, website => website.Webs, website => website.Title);
clientContext.ExecuteQuery();
if (oWebsite.Webs.Count == 0)
{
Console.WriteLine(path);
oWebsite.DeleteObject();
clientContext.ExecuteQuery();
Console.WriteLine("deleted.." + oWebsite.Title);
}
else
{
foreach (Web orWebsite in oWebsite.Webs)
{
string newpath = mainpath + orWebsite.ServerRelativeUrl;
deleteallSubWebs(newpath, passWord);
}
Console.WriteLine(path);
oWebsite.DeleteObject();
clientContext.ExecuteQuery();
Console.WriteLine("deleted.." );
}
}
}
}
catch (Exception ex)
{
Console.WriteLine(ex.Message);
}
}
}
}

Conclusion

Hope this will help you to delete all sub site in a site but use it with caution to ensure you know what you are about to delete!

By Soma Choudhuri

Soma Choudhuri is the Sr. Technical Architect at Netwoven Inc. focused on Enterprise Content Management (ECM). In her 19 years of career, her primary area of expertise has been developing and implementing SharePoint collaboration portals and .NET web applications. Soma has been a leading Microsoft technologies expert for clients across USA and India. Prior to joining Netwoven, she held many organizational leadership roles across manufacturing and financial services industries.

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