Provisioning SharePoint forms designed in Plumsail Forms

From this article, you’ll learn how to programmatically provision forms between lists using Visual Studio and Plumsail’s NuGet package.


The original and target lists must have identical structures for this method to work.

Export the form

First action that you need to do is export the form. Open the form in the designer and click the Export button:

Export button


You can use the GetLayout() method to retrieve the layout of a specific form from the list instead of exporting the form.

Create application and install NuGet package

Now, run the Visual Studio. Make sure that you have .NET Framework v.4.8 installed. In the Visual Studio, create a new Project and select Console App (.NET Framework):

Create new Console App (.NET Framework)

In the newly created project, open Tools, find NuGet Package Manager and select Manage NuGet Packages for Solution…

Open the Browse tab, search for ‘plumsail’, and install Plumsail.Forms.O365 (or Plumsail.Forms.SP2019 for SharePoint 2019) package:

Plumsail.Forms.Provision package

Adjust the code

Once the package and its dependencies have installed, go to Program.cs and replace all the code there with the following

using System;
using System.Linq;
using System.Security;
using Microsoft.SharePoint.Client;
using Plumsail.Forms.Designer.Data.SharePoint;
using Plumsail.Forms.SharePoint;
using PnP.Framework;

namespace ProvisionApp;

class Program {

    public static void Main(string[] args) {

        // Application (client) ID
        const string azureAppId = "00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000";
        // Directory (tenant) ID
        const string tenantId = "00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000";
        // Path to the app certificate
        const string certificatePath = @"c:\provision\cert.pfx";
        // Certificate password
        const string certificatePassword = "password";
        // Path to the exported form
        const string layoutFilePath = @"c:\provision\Item (New).json";
        // URL of the site
        const string siteUrl = "";
        // List title
        const string listTitle = "List";
        // Content type name
        const string contentTypeName = "Item";
        var authManager = AuthenticationManager.CreateWithCertificate(azureAppId, certificatePath, certificatePassword, tenantId);
        var ctx = authManager.GetContext(siteUrl);

        // If you want to authenticate using login and password, use SharePointOnlineCredentials class instead:
        // using var ctx = new ClientContext(siteUrl);
        // ctx.Credentials = new SharePointOnlineCredentials("", GetSecureString("qwerty"));


        // Specify a list which form you want to replace
        var list = ctx.Web.Lists.GetByTitle(listTitle);
        var contentTypes = list.ContentTypes;
        // Specify a content type which form you want to replace
        var contentType = contentTypes.FirstOrDefault(ct => ct.Name == contentTypeName);
        var forms = new FormsManager(ctx, list.Id, contentType.Id.ToString());
        var layout = System.IO.File.ReadAllText(layoutFilePath);
        // The form will replace a default new form in the target list
        forms.GenerateForms(Guid.Empty, FormTypes.New, layout);

    // This method is needed for login and password authentication
    private static SecureString GetSecureString(string s) {
        var result = new SecureString();
        foreach(var c in s.ToCharArray()) {
        return result;

Run the app

After saving the file, run the app. Congratulations, you’ve successfully provisioned your first form!

The example shown in this article is very basic and requires you to export the form first, while technically you can retrieve form’s layouts and Form sets settings from the original site. To learn more about various methods available to FormsManager in this article.