Sitecore PowerShell script to remove/update workflows

May 16, 2020  ยท  7579 views

This post provides Sitecore PowerShell script to remove or update workflow of all items including all languages and versions under a Sitecore node recursively.

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Steps to remove workflow in Sitecore

You may want to remove workflows in all your Sitecore items, removing them manually may not be easy job. Instead you can use a Powershell script to run through all the items in the Sitecore, remove the workflows and publish them in one go.

Note: Updating the workflow is similar to that of removing a workflow. To update the workflow instead of removing, assign the required workflow or workflow state value (ID) instead of assigning an empty value.



  1. Retrieve all the child items recursively.
  2. For each item, get all the versions for all languages.
  3. Check if the workflow state or workflow has some or a specific value. This helps in checking if the items has a particular workflow state (say Draft) of a particular work flow. This can be extended for checking multiple states and multiple workflows.
  4. If the criteria matches start editing the item, remove/update the workflow, state or both.
  5. Optionally you can even publish the item version.

The script below write the item details on to the console and also returns them in a list view which can be exported to a csv file or excelsheet.

Sitecore Powershell script

$props = @{
   InfoTitle = "Remove workflows"
    PageSize = 10000000

Write-Host "Starting work in the context of the 'master' database, under /Home item."
Set-Location -Path "master:/sitecore/content/MySite1/Home"

# Set up variables
$workflowState1 = "{xxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx}" #ID of the workflow states. 
$workflowState2 = "{yyyyyyy-yyyy-yyyy-yyyy-yyyyyyyyyyyy}"
$workflowState3 = "{zzzzzzz-zzzz-zzzz-zzzz-zzzzzzzzzzzz}"

function Remove-Workflows {

    # Logic
    foreach ($item in Get-ChildItem . -Recurse)
        foreach ($version in $item.Versions.GetVersions($true))
            if (($version.Fields["__Workflow state"].Value -eq $workflowState1) -or ($version.Fields["__Workflow state"].Value -eq $workflowState2) -or ($version.Fields["__Workflow state"].Value -eq $workflowState3))
                $version.Fields["__Workflow state"].Value = ""
                Publish-Item $version -Target "web" -PublishMode SingleItem -Language $version.Language 
                Write-Host $version.ID " - " $version.Language 
                #Write-Host "NOT UPDATED: " $version.ItemPath " - " $version.Language 


$items = Remove-Workflows
$items | Show-ListView @props -Property ItemPath, ID, @{Label="Language"; Expression={$_."Language"}} 

Hope this helps you.



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