Writing a simple Event Reciever or Event Handler in Sharepoint

What is Event handling ?

The ability to catch certain user actions in code and respond programmmatically. These are the classes which we can inherit and write event handlers or receivers against them.




Which user actions you can catch?

ItemFileMove,IFMoving, ItemUpdated,ItemUpdating, ItemCheckedIn/Out, ItemCheckingIn/ItemChecingOut, ItemAdded,IAdding, ItemAttachementAdded/Adding, ItemDeleted/Deleting.

What is template id for customlist, document library, survey?

100 Custom List 101 Document Library 102 Survey 103 Links List 104 Announcements 105 Contacts

106 Events List 107 Tasks List 108 Discussion Board 109 Picture Library

Explain the steps for creating event handlers?

1) Create a class library project.

2) Add reference to Microsoft.Sharepoint.dll

3) Inherit the class SPItemEventReceiver

4) Override the method against which you want to attach the event handler.

e.g. for itemdeleting

namespace MyEventHandler{

public class ItemDeletingHandler : SPItemEventReceiver{

public override void ItemDeleting(SPItemEventProperties properties){

// We want to attach the eventhandler against a document library

// named MyDocumentLibrary

if(properties.ListTitle == “MyDocumentLibrary”){

// only the admin user has right to delete the uploaded document

if (!properties.UserLoginName.Contains(“domainnameadminUserName”)){

properties.ErrorMessage = “You don’t have sufficient privelege to delete on list “+properties.ListTitle;

properties.Cancel = true;}}}}}

5) Sign the assembly and put it in GAC i.e. c:windowsassembly

6) Create a new folder with the same name as your eventhandler at the following path

c:program filescommon filesmicrosoft sharedweb server extension12templateFeatures folder

7) Create two files feature.xml and elements.xml at the newly created folder.

8) Take feature.xml file of announcement and make the necessary changes to it.

<?xml version=1.0 encoding=utf-8?>

<Feature Id=C50FF499-B52A-471f-A9FB-36A49E2FA49F


Description=For restricting delete of a list




<ElementManifest Location=Elements.xml/>



9) Within elements.xml specify

<?xml version=1.0 encoding=utf-8?>

<Elements xmlns=http://schemas.microsoft.com/sharepoint/>

<Receivers ListTemplateId=101>






MyEventHandler, Version=,

culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=e185cb2eba5d0774








Get the values for assembly tag by right clicking the assembly and selecting properties within the GAC.

If we have multiple eventhandler attached to a same event we can specify which handler should be executed first through SequenceNumber tag. It’s value should start from 20000

10) Now install the feature

stsadm.exe -o installfeature -filename MyEventHandlerfeature\Feature.xml

11) Activate the feature

stsadm -o activatefeature -filename MyEventHandlerfeature\Feature.xml -URL http://localhost.

That’s it…

Author: Nishant Rana

I love working in and sharing everything about Microsoft.NET technology !

9 thoughts on “Writing a simple Event Reciever or Event Handler in Sharepoint”

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  3. http://code.google.com/p/sharepoint-eventhandlers-manager/

    SharePoint Event Handlers Manager allows admins to browse, add, edit and remove SharePoint event handlers from any list or web. This SharePoint solution provides two features that enables admins to play with event handlers from within SharePoint interface.

    It is very simple to use and doesn’t require any configuration to start. Just download and install, and you are all set.


  4. I’ve tried to do this to stop users updating items but doesn’t work here is my code

    namespace StopEditOverRide
    public class StopEditOverRide : SPItemEventReceiver

    public override void ItemUpdating(SPItemEventProperties properties){

    if(properties.ListTitle == “Document Approval”){

    if (!properties.UserLoginName.Contains(“euaLDN-C5849”)){

    properties.ErrorMessage = “You don’t have sufficient privelege to edit on list”+properties.ListTitle;

    properties.Cancel = true;

    Can you help


  5. Hi Nishant,

    In my list in Sharepoint, I have field called status which is updated to Complete whenever an order is complete. I am looking for way to notify the user who is associated with that order. The user’s email id is stored in a field called Email in the same list and everytime the status of an order is updated to complete, I want to send the user a survey link in the email. I want to pass the order number for that order as an url parameter when the event happens(when status is complete). I am working with sharepoint 2003 and do not see the event class that you have mentioned in your article. Can you please share your thoughts on this?


    1. Hi, Even i haven’t worked on SharePoint 2003, so don’t know much about it !!

      This is what I found while looking for the same !!

      “Events in WSS 2.0 supported document libraries but not lists. Moreover, version 2 supported only asynchronous events that fired after a user action had been committed to the SQL Server database. There was no way for the developer to cancel a user’s action inside an event handler”

      Seems quite restrictive !


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