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How to Add User to SharePoint Group programmatically

By Ashok Nalam on 21 May 2013 | Category: Sharepoint | Tagged: user groups 
In this snippet we will see how to add an user to SharePoint group programmatically.
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Below code can be used to add an user to SharePoint group. AddUserToSPGroup method accepts  3 parameters as SPSite object, LoginName of the user and Group name.

//adds user to SPGroup
public static void AddUserToSPGroup(SPSite site, string userLoginName, string groupName)
    //Executes this method with Full Control rights even if the user does not have Full Control
            using (SPWeb spWeb = site.RootWeb)
                    spWeb.AllowUnsafeUpdates = true;//Allows updating web
                    SPUser spUser = spWeb.EnsureUser(userLoginName);
			//check user and group exists in web
                    	if (spUser != null && CheckGroupExistsInSiteCollection(spWeb, groupName))
				SPGroup spGroup = spWeb.Groups[groupName];
				if (spGroup != null)
                catch (Exception)
                    //exception handling
                    spWeb.AllowUnsafeUpdates = false; //Even Exception occurs it set back to false
//checks group exists in site collection
private static bool CheckGroupExistsInSiteCollection(SPWeb web, string groupName)
  return web.SiteGroups.OfType<SPGroup>().Count(g => g.Name.Equals(groupName, StringComparison.InvariantCultureIgnoreCase)) > 0;

Method call :

SPSite currentSite = SPContext.Current.Site;
SPUser loginName = "Domain\LoginName";
AddUserToSPGroup(currentSite,loginName,"Group Visitors")


Adds "Domain\LoginName" user to "Group Visitors" group


In the code we are using

  • SPSecurity.RunWithElevatedPrivileges - excutes code with full control
  • AllowUnsafeUpdates to true - Because we are adding user to SPGroup so AllowUnsafeUpdates allow updates to the web

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