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CS snippet used to retrieve the available site groups from the SharePoint site
using System;
using System.Linq;
using System.Net;
using System.Text;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using Microsoft.SharePoint.Client;
namespace spknowledge.csomsamples.GetSiteGroups
class Program
static void Main(string[] args)
//Get Site Url fro user
Console.Write("Enter Site URL: ");
string strURL = Console.ReadLine();
//Get Username from user in the format of (Domain/Login ID)
Console.Write("Enter UserName (domain/userid): ");
string strUserName = Console.ReadLine();
Console.Write("Enter your password: ");
string pass = getPassword();
ClientContext ctx = new ClientContext(strURL);
ctx.Credentials = new NetworkCredential(strUserName, pass);
Web web = ctx.Web;
//Parameters to receive response from the server
//SiteGroups property should be passed in Load method to get the collection of groups
ctx.Load(web, w => w.Title, w => w.SiteGroups);
GroupCollection groups = web.SiteGroups;
Console.WriteLine("Groups associated to the site: " + web.Title);
Console.WriteLine("Groups Count: " + groups.Count.ToString());
foreach(Group grp in groups)
private static string getPassword()
ConsoleKeyInfo key;
string pass = "";
key = Console.ReadKey(true);
// Backspace Should Not Work
if (key.Key != ConsoleKey.Backspace && key.Key != ConsoleKey.Enter)
pass += key.KeyChar;
if (key.Key == ConsoleKey.Backspace && pass.Length > 0)
pass = pass.Substring(0, (pass.Length - 1));
Console.Write("\b \b");
// Stops Receving Keys Once Enter is Pressed
while (key.Key != ConsoleKey.Enter);
return pass;
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