OneDrive and SharePoint#
Since v0.25.0, xlwings works with files that are stored on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint—as long as they are synced locally. Some constellations will work out-of-the-box, while others require you to edit the configuration via the
xlwings.conf file (see User Config) or the workbook’s
xlwings.conf sheet (see Workbook Config).
xlwings only works with OneDrive and SharePoint files that are synced to a local folder! This means that both, the Excel and Python file, need to show the green check mark in the File Explorer/Finder as status—a cloud icon will not work.
Default setups work out-of-the-box on Windows and macOS. If you get an error message, add the following setting with the correct path to the local root directory of your OneDrive. If possible, make use of environment variables (as shown in the examples) so the configuration will work across different users with the same setup:
OneDrive for Business#
Windows: Default setups work out-of-the-box. If you get an error message, add the following setting with the correct path to the local root directory of your OneDrive for Business. If possible, make use of environment variables (as shown in the examples) so the configuration will work across different users with the same setup:
%USERPROFILE%\OneDrive - My Company LLC
macOS: macOS always requires the following setting with the correct path to the local root directory of your OneDrive for Business. If possible, make use of environment variables (as shown in the examples) so the configuration will work across different users with the same setup:
$HOME/OneDrive - My Company LLC
SharePoint (Online and On-Premises)#
On Windows, the location of the local root folder of SharePoint can sometimes be derived from the OneDrive environment variables. Most of the time though, you’ll have to provide the following setting (on macOS this is a must):
%USERPROFILE%\My Company LLC
$HOME/My Company LLC
Implementation Details & Limitations#
A lot of the xlwings functionality depends on the workbook’s
FullName property (via VBA/COM) that returns the local path of the file unless it is saved on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business or SharePoint with AutoSave enabled. In this case, it returns a URL instead.
URLs for OneDrive and OneDrive for Business can be translated fairly straight forward to the local equivalent. You will need to know the root directory of the local drive though: on Windows, these are usually provided via environment variables for OneDrive. On macOS they don’t exist, which is the reason why you need to provide the root directory for OneDrive. On Windows, the root directory for SharePoint can sometimes be derived from the env vars, too, but this is not guaranteed. On macOS, you’ll need to provide it always anyway.
SharePoint, unfortunately, allows you to map the drives locally in any way you want and there’s no way to reliably get the local path for these files. xlwings therefore first checks if the local path is mapped by using the defaults and if the file can’t be found, it checks all existing local files on SharePoint. If it finds one with the same name, it’ll use this. If, however, it finds more than one with the same name, you will get an error message. In this case, you can either rename the file to something unique across all the locally synced SharePoint files or you can change the
SHAREPOINT_WIN/MAC setting to not stop at the root folder but include additional folders. As an example, assume you have the following file structure on your local SharePoint:
My Company LLC/ └── sitename1/ └── myfile.xlsx └── sitename2 - Documents/ └── myfile.xlsx
In this case, you could either rename one of the files, or you could add a path that goes beyond the root folder (preferably under the