How to: Create a Console Application

Applies to: SharePoint Foundation 2010

This programming task describes how to create a console application in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 that displays the number of lists within a site collection.

Users must be administrators on the computer where a console application is executed in order to run the application in the context of Microsoft SharePoint Foundation.

To create a console application in Visual Studio

  1. On the File menu in Microsoft Visual Studio, point to New and then click Project.

  2. In the New Project dialog box, select a language in the Installed Templates box, and then select the Console Application template.

  3. Type a name for the application in the Name box, and in the Location box, type the path to where you want the application to be created, and then click OK.

  4. In Solution Explorer, right-click the References node, and then click Add Reference on the shortcut menu.

  5. On the .NET tab of the Add Reference dialog box, select Microsoft.SharePoint, and then click OK.

  6. In Solution Explorer, right-click the console application and click Properties. In the Project property page, select Application and set the target framework to .NET Framework 3.5, and then select Build and set the platform target to x64.

  7. In the default .vb or .cs file, add a using directive for the Microsoft.SharePoint namespace, as follows.

    Imports Microsoft.SharePoint
    using Microsoft.SharePoint;
  8. Add the following code to the Main method in the .vb or .cs file.

    Overloads Sub Main(args() As String)
        Using siteCollection As New SPSite("http://Server_Name")
            Dim sites As SPWebCollection = siteCollection.AllWebs
            Dim site As SPWeb
            For Each site In  sites
                    Dim lists As SPListCollection = site.Lists
                    Console.WriteLine("Site: {0}  Lists: {1}", site.Name, lists.Count.ToString())
                    If site IsNot Nothing Then
                    End If
                End Try
            Next site
        End Using
        Console.Write("Press ENTER to continue")
    End Sub 'Main
    static void Main(string[] args)
        using (SPSite siteCollection = new SPSite("http://Server_Name"))
            SPWebCollection sites = siteCollection.AllWebs;
            foreach (SPWeb site in sites)
                    SPListCollection lists = site.Lists;
                    Console.WriteLine("Site: {0}  Lists: {1}", site.Name, lists.Count.ToString());
                     if (site != null)
        Console.Write("Press ENTER to continue");
  9. Click Start on the Debug menu or press F5 to run the example.

See Also


Working with List Objects and Collections

Using Visual Studio for SharePoint Development

Security Validation and Making Posts to Update Data

Elevation of Privilege