Convert SharePoint Online Classic to modern pages using PnP PowerShell

We can use migration tools to move SharePoint on-premise sites to SharePoint Online using migration tools, but the site pages still remain as classic. No worries, post migration we can convert to modern pages using SharePoint PnP modernization framework

We need to install PnP PowerShell version 3.16.1912.* (December 2019) or higher

If you don’t do that you will get this blocked error message when you try running any command

Open windows PowerShell ISE, paste the below script save it as “ConvertClassicPage.ps1” and run.



    Converts all classic wiki and web part pages in a site. 
    You need to install PnP PowerShell version 3.16.1912.* (December 2019) or higher to use this script.

    Sample includes:
        - Conversion of wiki and web part pages
        - Connecting to MFA or supplying credentials
        - Includes Logging to File, log flushing into single log file        


    Convert-WikiAndWebPartPages.ps1 -SourceUrl "" -TakeSourcePageName:$true

    Useful references:

param (

    [Parameter(Mandatory = $true, HelpMessage = "Url of the site containing the pages to modernize")]

    [Parameter(Mandatory = $false, HelpMessage = "Modern page takes source page name")]
    [bool]$TakeSourcePageName = $false,    

    [Parameter(Mandatory = $false, HelpMessage = "Supply credentials for multiple runs/sites")]

    [Parameter(Mandatory = $false, HelpMessage = "Specify log file location, defaults to the same folder as the script is in")]
    [string]$LogOutputFolder = $(Get-Location)
    Write-Host "Connecting to " $SourceUrl
        Connect-PnPOnline -Url $SourceUrl -UseWebLogin
        Start-Sleep -s 3
        Connect-PnPOnline -Url $sourceUrl -SPOManagementShell -ClearTokenCache
        Start-Sleep -s 3
    Write-Host "Ensure the modern page feature is enabled..." -ForegroundColor Green
    Enable-PnPFeature -Identity "B6917CB1-93A0-4B97-A84D-7CF49975D4EC" -Scope Web -Force

    Write-Host "Modernizing wike and web part pages..." -ForegroundColor Gree
    # Get all the pages in the site pages library. 
    # Use paging (-PageSize parameter) to ensure the query works when there are more than 5000 items in the list
    $pages = Get-PnPListItem -List sitepages -PageSize 500

    Write-Host "Pages are fetched, let's start the modernization..." -ForegroundColor Green
    Foreach($page in $pages)
        $pageName = $page.FieldValues["FileLeafRef"]
        if ($page.FieldValues["ClientSideApplicationId"] -eq "b6917cb1-93a0-4b97-a84d-7cf49975d4ec" ) 
            Write-Host "Page " $page.FieldValues["FileLeafRef"] " is modern, no need to modernize it again" -ForegroundColor Yellow
            Write-Host "Processing page $($pageName)" -ForegroundColor Cyan
            # -TakeSourcePageName:
            # The old pages will be renamed to Previous_<pagename>.aspx. If you want to 
            # keep the old page names as is then set the TakeSourcePageName to $false. 
            # You then will see the new modern page be named Migrated_<pagename>.aspx

            # -Overwrite:
            # Overwrites the target page (needed if you run the modernization multiple times)
            # -LogVerbose:
            # Add this switch to enable verbose logging if you want more details logged

            # KeepPageCreationModificationInformation:
            # Give the newly created page the same page author/editor/created/modified information 
            # as the original page. Remove this switch if you don't like that

            # -CopyPageMetadata:
            # Copies metadata of the original page to the created modern page. Remove this
            # switch if you don't want to copy the page metadata

            ConvertTo-PnPClientSidePage -Identity $page.FieldValues["ID"] `
                                        -Overwrite `
                                        -TakeSourcePageName `
                                        -LogType File `
                                        -LogFolder $LogOutputFolder `
                                        -LogSkipFlush `
                                        -KeepPageCreationModificationInformation `

    # Write the logs to the folder
    Write-Host "Writing the conversion log file..." -ForegroundColor Green

    Write-Host "Wiki and web part page modernization complete! :)" -ForegroundColor Green

It will ask for your target SharePoint online site and then your SPO username and password to connect the target site.

PnP has renamed the old files prefixed with “Previous_” and saved the converted modern pages in old name (as in source). “TakeSourcePageName” does this and if its value equals to “false” will do other way around with a prefix “Migrated_”

Converted modern Wiki page looks like this.

Old Classic Wiki page.

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