Set Permission to List Items using PowerShell

Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.Powershell

$url = "http://weburl"
$listName = "List Name";
$permissionLevel = "Permission Level Name";
$groupName = "Enter Group Name";

#Grant permission on all uniquely secured list items to the specified group

$web = Get-SPWeb $url;
$list = $web.Lists[$listName];
$permission = $web.RoleDefinitions[$permissionLevel];
$principal = $web.SiteGroups[$groupName];

#Process each list item

foreach ($item in $list.Items) {
Write-Output ("Item #" + $item.ID.ToString());

#Check to see whether the item is uniquely secured

if ($item.HasUniqueRoleAssignments -eq $FALSE) {
Write-Output " No change, permissions are inherited.";

else {

#Find an existing role assignment for this principal

$assignments = $item.RoleAssignments;
$assignment = $assignments | where {$_.Member.Name -eq $principal.Name};
if ($assignment -eq $NULL) {

#Add a new role assignment for the principal

$assignment = new-object Microsoft.SharePoint.SPRoleAssignment($principal);
Write-Output (" Granted " + $permissionLevel + " to " + $groupName);

elseif ($assignment.RoleDefinitionBindings.Contains($permission) -ne $TRUE) {

#Update the principal's role assignment to add the desired permission level

Write-Output (" Updated " + $groupName + " permissions to " + $permissionLevel);
else {
Write-Output " No change.";



About Joseph Velliah
As a SharePoint Developer my professional interests tend to be technical and SharePoint focused. I run a blog at "SP RIDER" where you can expect to read HOW TOs and scenarios that I run into during my day to day job. I hope my posts will give back a little to the community that is helped me.

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