Create OR Update List item using CSOM C#

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

In this blog we will see how to create item/Update a list item using CSOM

Add two references to your visual studio solution

  • Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.dll &

  • Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Runtime.dll

string webUri = "http://servername/sites/demo";
using (ClientContext context = new ClientContext(webUri))
    //By Default it will use windows credentials
    //If want to specify credentials use below line
    context.Credentials = new NetworkCredential(

    Web web = context.Web;

    //Load the web object 
    List list = web.Lists.GetByTitle("MyList"); 

    //---------------Create a new Item-----------------//
    ListItemCreationInformation itemCreateInfo = new ListItemCreationInformation();
    ListItem newListItem = targetList.AddItem(itemCreateInfo);
    newListItem["Title"] = "My Item 1";
    newListItem["Comments"] = "Test item";


    //-----------------Set/ Update an item-----------//
    ListItem listItem = announcementsList.Items.GetById(1); 

    //Set new value to the Comments field.
    listItem["Comments"] = "Updated test value!!"; 

    //call Execute Query 
    //to get all the loaded object working

    Console.WriteLine("Item created!  ID: " + newListItem.Id + "\nTitle: " + newListItem["Title"]);
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