Elastic SharePoint Server connector reference


Elastic SharePoint Server connector referenceedit

The Elastic SharePoint Server connector is a connector for Microsoft SharePoint Server.

Looking for the SharePoint Online connector? See the SharePoint Online reference.

Availability and prerequisitesedit

This connector is available as a self-managed connector client. This connector client is compatible with Elastic versions 8.9.0+. To use this connector, satisfy all connector client requirements.

This connector is in beta and is subject to change. Beta features are subject to change and are not covered by the support SLA of generally available (GA) features. Elastic plans to promote this feature to GA in a future release.

Create a SharePoint Server connectoredit

Use the UIedit

To create a new SharePoint Server connector:

  1. Navigate to the Search → Connectors page in the Kibana UI.
  2. Follow the instructions to create a new SharePoint Server connector client.

For additional operations, see Using connectors.

Use the APIedit

You can use the Elasticsearch Create connector API to create a new self-managed SharePoint Server connector client.

For example:

PUT _connector/my-sharepoint_server-connector
  "index_name": "my-elasticsearch-index",
  "name": "Content synced from SharePoint Server",
  "service_type": "sharepoint_server"
You’ll also need to create an API key for the connector to use.

The user needs the cluster privileges manage_api_key and write_connector_secrets to generate API keys programmatically.

To create an API key for the connector:

  1. Run the following command, replacing values where indicated. Note the encoded return values from the response:

    POST /_security/api_key
      "name": "<connector_name>-connector-api-key",
      "role_descriptors": {
        "<connector_name>-connector-role": {
          "cluster": [
          "indices": [
              "names": [
              "privileges": [
              "allow_restricted_indices": false
  2. Update your config.yml file with the API key encoded value.

Refer to the Elasticsearch API documentation for details of all available Connector APIs.


To use this connector as a connector client, see Connector clients (self-managed).

For additional operations, see Using connectors.


The following SharePoint Server versions are compatible with the Elastic connector framework:

  • SharePoint 2013
  • SharePoint 2016
  • SharePoint 2019


When using the connector client workflow, initially these fields will use the default configuration set in the connector source code. These are set in the get_default_configuration function definition.

These configurable fields will be rendered with their respective labels in the Kibana UI. Once connected, you’ll be able to update these values in Kibana.

The following configuration fields are required to set up the connector:

The username of the account for SharePoint Server.
The password of the account to be used for the SharePoint Server.

The server host url where the SharePoint is hosted. Examples:

  • https://<tenant_name>.sharepoint.com

Comma-separated list of site collections to fetch from SharePoint. Examples:

  • collection1
  • collection1, collection2
Whether SSL verification will be enabled. Default value is False.

Content of SSL certificate needed for SharePoint Server. Keep this field empty, if ssl_enabled is set to False.

Example certificate:

The number of retry attempts after failed request to the SharePoint. Default value is 3.

Deployment using Dockeredit

You can deploy the SharePoint Server connector as a self-managed connector client using Docker. Follow these instructions.

Step 1: Download sample configuration file

Download the sample configuration file. You can either download it manually or run the following command:

curl https://raw.githubusercontent.com/elastic/connectors/main/config.yml.example --output ~/connectors-config/config.yml

Remember to update the --output argument value if your directory name is different, or you want to use a different config file name.

Step 2: Update the configuration file for your self-managed connector

Update the configuration file with the following settings to match your environment:

  • elasticsearch.host
  • elasticsearch.api_key
  • connectors

If you’re running the connector service against a Dockerized version of Elasticsearch and Kibana, your config file will look like this:

# When connecting to your cloud deployment you should edit the host value
elasticsearch.host: http://host.docker.internal:9200
elasticsearch.api_key: <ELASTICSEARCH_API_KEY>

    connector_id: <CONNECTOR_ID_FROM_KIBANA>
    service_type: sharepoint_server
    api_key: <CONNECTOR_API_KEY_FROM_KIBANA> # Optional. If not provided, the connector will use the elasticsearch.api_key instead

Using the elasticsearch.api_key is the recommended authentication method. However, you can also use elasticsearch.username and elasticsearch.password to authenticate with your Elasticsearch instance.

Note: You can change other default configurations by simply uncommenting specific settings in the configuration file and modifying their values.

Step 3: Run the Docker image

Run the Docker image with the Connector Service using the following command:

docker run \
-v ~/connectors-config:/config \
--network "elastic" \
--tty \
--rm \
docker.elastic.co/enterprise-search/elastic-connectors: \
/app/bin/elastic-ingest \
-c /config/config.yml

Refer to DOCKER.md in the elastic/connectors repo for more details.

Find all available Docker images in the official registry.

We also have a quickstart self-managed option using Docker Compose, so you can spin up all required services at once: Elasticsearch, Kibana, and the connectors service. Refer to this README in the elastic/connectors repo for more information.

Documents and syncsedit

The connector syncs the following SharePoint object types:

  • Sites and Subsites
  • Lists
  • List Items and its attachment content
  • Document Libraries and its attachment content(include Web Pages)
  • Content from files bigger than 10 MB won’t be extracted by default. Use the self-managed local extraction service to handle larger binary files.
  • Permissions are not synced. All documents indexed to an Elastic deployment will be visible to all users with access to that Elasticsearch Index.

Sync typesedit

Full syncs are supported by default for all connectors.

This connector also supports incremental syncs, but this feature is currently disabled by default. Refer to the linked documentation for enabling incremental syncs.

Sync rulesedit

Basic sync rules are identical for all connectors and are available by default.

Advanced sync rules are not available for this connector in the present version. Currently filtering is controlled via ingest pipelines.

Content Extractionedit

See Content extraction.

Connector client operationsedit

End-to-end testingedit

The connector framework enables operators to run functional tests against a real data source. Refer to Connector testing for more details.

To perform E2E testing for the sharepoint connector, run the following command:

$ make ftest NAME=sharepoint_server

For faster tests, add the DATA_SIZE=small flag:

make ftest NAME=sharepoint_server DATA_SIZE=small

Known issuesedit

There are currently no known issues for this connector. Refer to Known issues for a list of known issues for all connectors.


See Troubleshooting.


See Security.

Framework and sourceedit

This connector is included in the Elastic connector framework.

View the source code for this connector (branch 8.14, compatible with Elastic 8.14).