Creating a Calendar View with PowerShell

Some days ago someone asked me if it is possible to create a calendar view on a SharePoint list. And yes, it is possible.

First let’s take a look at the .NET code to create a calendar view.

using (SPSite site = new SPSite(""))
    using (SPWeb web = site.OpenWeb())
        SPList sourcelist = web.Lists["Course Calendar"];

        string querystring =
            "<OrderBy><FieldRef Name='Title' /></OrderBy>"
          + "<Where><DateRangesOverlap><FieldRef Name=\"EventDate\" />"
          + "<FieldRef Name=\"EndDate\" /><FieldRef Name=\"RecurrenceID\" />"
          + "<Value Type=\"DateTime\"><Week /></Value></DateRangesOverlap></Where>";

        SPView newview = sourcelist.Views.Add("DemoCalView", null,
               querystring, 3, false, false,
               SPViewCollection.SPViewType.Calendar, false);

        newview.ViewFields.Add(sourcelist.Fields["Start Time"]);



If you go to your SharePoint site and inspect this new view you will see that only the entries for this week are visible because of the DataRangesOverlap query that is set to weekly, but that it shows the data in a monthly view. This is because of the calendar scope that you can set in the user interface, but how to create a calendar view with a weekly scope programmatically?

Now to PowerShell. To create that same view with PowerShell you have to execute the following commands:

$siteUrl = ""
$site = new-object Microsoft.SharePoint.SPSite($siteurl)
$web = $site.OpenWeb()
$list = $web.Lists["Course Calendar"]
$querystring = "<OrderBy><FieldRef Name='Title' /></OrderBy>"
$querystring += "<Where><DateRangesOverlap>"
$querystring += "<FieldRef Name='EventDate' /><FieldRef Name='EndDate' />"
$querystring += "<FieldRef Name='RecurrenceID' />"
$querystring += "<Value Type='DateTime'><Week /></Value>"
$querystring += "</DateRangesOverlap></Where>"
$newview = $list.Views.Add("DemoCalView", $null, $querystring, 3, $false, $false, "CALENDAR", $false)
$titlefield = $list.Fields["Title"]
$datefield = $list.Fields["Start Time"]

I hope to have helped someone out :)