Getting List Properties from SchemaXml

There are many ways in CSOM to get the list properties from SharePoint site but few properties are there which we can’t get directly from list object. In this blog, I will explain how to find those using the SchemaXml.

In this blog, I will explain how to find a few list properties using SchemaXml l. There are many ways in CSOM to get the properties from SharePoint list but few properties are there which we can’t get directly from list object. For example, “MajorVersionLimit” is not present directly.

This below-mentioned code sample will help us to get those properties which we cannot access directly from the list object.

The code block for this is as mentioned below

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using Microsoft.SharePoint.Client;
using System.Net;
using System.Security;
using Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Utilities;

namespace SchemaXml
class GetListSchema
static void Main(string[] args)
string listName = "CopyDoc";
string username = string.Empty;
string password = string.Empty;
SecureString secureString = new SecureString();
SharePointOnlineCredentials credentials = null;
List list = null;
System.Xml.Linq.XDocument xDocument;
string modified = string.Empty;

username = "";
password = "******";

foreach (char ch in password.ToCharArray())

ClientContext ctx = new ClientContext("siteUrl"); //creating ClientContext from given SharePoint Site
credentials = new SharePointOnlineCredentials(username, secureString); //creating creadential object for office365 site.

ctx.Credentials = credentials;
Web web = ctx.Web;
list = ctx.Web.Lists.GetByTitle(listName);
ctx.Load(list, l => l.SchemaXml,
l => l.EnableVersioning);
catch (Exception ex) { }

using (System.IO.StringReader reader = new System.IO.StringReader(list.SchemaXml))//getting the data from SchemaXml
xDocument = System.Xml.Linq.XDocument.Load(reader); //converting StringReader to XDocument

List<ListpropertiesInfo> listSchemaXml =
from l in xDocument.Descendants("List")
select new ListpropertiesInfo // class to store the properties
PropMajorVersionLimit = l.Attribute("MajorVersionLimit").Value,
PropMajorWithMinorVerionLimit = l.Attribute("MajorWithMinorVersionsLimit").Value,
PropExcludFromOfflineClient = l.Attribute("ExcludeFromOfflineClient").Value,
PropEnableFolderCreation = l.Attribute("EnableFolderCreation").Value

foreach (var item in listSchemaXml)
int majorVersion;
int minorVersion;

if (list.EnableVersioning)
if (Int32.TryParse(item.PropMajorVersionLimit, out majorVersion))
Console.WriteLine("Major Version: " + majorVersion);
if (Int32.TryParse(item.PropMajorWithMinorVerionLimit, out minorVersion))
Console.WriteLine("Minor Version : " + minorVersion);
Console.WriteLine("Major Version: 0");
Console.WriteLine("Minor Version : 0");

if (Convert.ToBoolean(item.PropExcludFromOfflineClient))
Console.WriteLine("Status: " + item.PropExcludFromOfflineClient);
Console.WriteLine("Status: " + item.PropExcludFromOfflineClient);

Console.WriteLine("Folder Creation: " + item.PropEnableFolderCreation);
catch (Exception er) { }

public class ListpropertiesInfo
public string PropMajorVersionLimit { get; set; }
public string PropMajorWithMinorVerionLimit { get; set; }
public string PropExcludFromOfflineClient { get; set; }
public string PropEnableFolderCreation { get; set; }

In this blog, I have explained how you can get properties of SharePoint list from SchemaXml I hope this information will help you out in a few scenarios.

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