I have exported items using Export-Item command to a specific path in Data folder say, "websitepath/data/batch/userGivenName", please refer my previous question How to copy selected items to a Data folder using powershell script? now I have to read the items from this folder. The items under folder are in .item extension. I am able to get items using $items = Get-ChildItem -Path "websitepath\Data\batch\sample", but the items are not deserialized.

I tried using, Import-Item but its returning empty list, how do I deserialize/convert them?

$items = Get-ChildItem -Path "websitepath\Data\buckets\sample"
    $list+= Import-Item -Path $itemPath -Root "websitepath\Data\buckets\"
if($list.Count -eq 0) {
    Show-Alert "There are no items currently added to the batch."
else {
 $list | Show-ListView 

I referred following file for Import-Item, https://doc.sitecorepowershell.com/appendix/packaging/import-item-1

Any guidance would be helpful.

  • Does the deserialization work using the Sitecore Ribbon commands? This will help determine if there is an issue with the script or something else. Commented May 3, 2022 at 14:05
  • I guess the issue is with the script, as I noticed the import-items created items under "Sitecore/Content" folder by default as the item path I have provided didnt match with sitecore content tree structure Commented May 4, 2022 at 7:14

1 Answer 1


To test the same scenario, I did the following on my local.

  • I created two items in the content tree like this.

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  • I exported the items using the Export-Item. And it looks like this

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  • I deleted the items in the content tree and then I run this command to import the items using Import-Item in PowerShell like this.

    Import-Item -path "C:\inetpub\wwwroot\Sitecore10.1sc.dev.local\App_Data\serialization\master\sitecore\content\Home" -root "C:\inetpub\wwwroot\Sitecore10.1sc.dev.local\App_Data\serialization\" -recurse

And then it created those items in the content tree.

I think, if you want to import the items, In place of using a loop, you can use recursive and you need to provide the folder path from where you need to import the items. For example, I am exporting items inside the Home folder.

Hope this helps.

  • Hi Sumit, I didn't want the items to be created again in the content tree. I tried to convert them back to item as they were in ".item" extension. I guess I have used the wrong command to achieve this. As the Import-Item created items under "Sitecore/Content" folder as the path provide doesn't match with the content structure. Commented May 4, 2022 at 7:12

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