Insert into SharePoint List using Python

To get past SharePoint authentication, we need to get ClientID and access key,
Open this link to register new App

In order to access this registration page, you may need to have an access collection administrator and above.

Click on generate for both Client id and client secret

Next step is to grant permission to the newly created principal (App)
In order to access the page, go to the link

Make a note of the client id that was generated in step 1, Paste the client id and click on “Lookup”

<AppPermissionRequests AllowAppOnlyPolicy="true">
  <AppPermissionRequest Scope="http://sharepoint/content/sitecollection" Right="FullControl" />

Paste the above XML in Permission request xml

Click on “Trust it” , now this should give access to the sharepoint

create a new list library “Testing” with two columns “Title” and “Status” in sharepoint
install office365 client library
pip install Office365-REST-Python-Client

Below code will insert values into Title and Status field in Testing list library


import json
from office365.runtime.auth.authentication_context import AuthenticationContext
from office365.runtime.client_request import ClientRequest
from office365.runtime.utilities.request_options import RequestOptions
from office365.sharepoint.client_context import ClientContext

app_settings = {
        'url': "https://<sharepoint link>/",
        'client_id': "489e83b7-d47b-4d08-abce-02be0fa849c2",
        'client_secret': "jNSKgOJCPwKMnt+GUIZqOPezaD5u7S0x/fUtjtX0Mys=",
context_auth = AuthenticationContext(url=app_settings['url'])
context_auth.acquire_token_for_app(client_id=app_settings['client_id'], client_secret=app_settings['client_secret'])
ctx = ClientContext(app_settings['url'], context_auth)

list = ctx.web.lists.get_by_title("Testing")
list.add_item({'Title': "Testing", 'status': "Pending"})

Sharepoint Item level security – Workflow

Sharepoint has a feature to set item level security either manually or through workflow. In some case we might need to dynamic. (Ex: When we restrict people to view only their region data, we can either create different views per region or create a workflow to set the security level based on their region ) . But if its a sensitive data, creating a view doesnt make sense. Somehow we can pull up the data even by creating our own view). This article shows you how to set item level security using SharePoint workflow

1. Select impersonation step, it creates an unique step 

2. Now if you click on “Action”, you will notice some new list actions. Add list permission, Inherit list permission, …

with this actions, you can¬†modify current item’s permission or any other list’s item permission.