Nintex SharePoint Online Create SharePoint Group with Contribute permissions

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Nintex Workflow has actions “Web Request” and “Call HTTP Web Service” which can be used to make calls to the REST API of SharePoint Online/2013 to automate creation of SharePoint groups in a site collection.

Add the following steps to the workflow

  1. Create a Text variable GroupName and Use “Set Workflow Variable” to assign it to a value.GroupNameVariable
  2. Get request digest from targeted site collection. Please note that workflow app permissions need to amended to give site collection full control access.        App Step to get request digest
    • Add “App Step” action
    • Add “Web Request” action. Fill in the following fields
      • URL: <siteURL> /_api/ContextInfo
      • Method : POST
      • Content type : application/x-www-form-urlencoded
      • Header Name (Key) : Accept     Header value: application/json;odata=verbose


      • Body : Choose “Content” option  and enter “{}” in text field
      • UserName: Credentials who has access to targeted site
      • Password: password of above UserName
      • Store response content in : Create a variable “digest token”WebRequestToGetRequestDigest_2
    • Add “Query XML” action. Fill in the following fields
      • XML source: Choose “Content” and pick variable “digest token”
      • XPath query: /d:GetContextWebInformation/d:FormDigestValue
      • Return result as :Text
      • Query result in : create a text variable strDigestInfoQueryXMLRequestDigest
    • Add “Log to History” action. Print the strDigestInfo to make sure valid request digest are used  QueryXMLRequestDigest
  3. Create SharePoint Group using REST API ‍/_api/web/sitegroups  AppStepToCreateSpGroup
    • Add “App Step” action. Optionally add “Log to History List” action to log status of workflow.
    • Add “Build Dictionary” action to build “Request Headers”.
      •  Add the following key value pair as Text- content-type:  application/json; odata=verbose
        – X-RequestDigest : {Variable:strDigestInfo}
      • Save Output into RequestHeadersRequestHeaders
    • Add “Build Dictionary” action to build “Metadata”
      •  Add the following key/value pair- key: type    Type:Text  Value: SP.Group
    • Add “Build Dictionary” action to build “Parameters”
      •  Add the following key/value pair- Key: __metadata   Type:Dictionary   Value: Workflow Variable GroupMetadata
        – Key: Description  Type: Text  Value: Group created automatically from Nintex workflow
        – Key: Title  Type:Text  Value:{Variable:GroupName}
      • Assign Output to a dictionary variable GroupParameters
    • Add “HTTP Web Service”action to create group
      • Fill in Address : <SiteURL>/_api/web/sitegroups
      • Set Request Type to “HTTP Post”
      • Set Request Headers to dictionary variable RequestHeaders
      • Set Request Content to dictionary variable GroupParameters
      • Set Response Headers to new dictionary variable GroupResponseHeaders
      • Set Response Content to new dictionary variable GroupResponseContent
      • Set Response Status Code to new text variable GroupResponseStatusCodeWebRequestToCreateGroup
    • Log to History list the responseLogResponseOfGroupCreated
  4. Retrieve SharePoint Group using REST API ‍ ‍/_api/web/sitegroups/getbyname AppStepToGetGroupCreated
    • Add “Add Step” action
    • Optionally add “Log History List” action to log workflow status.
    • Add a “Web Request” actionWebRequestToGetGroupCreated
      • Set URL to <SiteURL>/_api/web/sitegroups/getbyname(‘‍{Variable:GroupName}‍’)?$select=Id
      • Choose  Get for Method
      • Click Add Header
      • Set Header Key to “Accept”
      • Set Header Value to “application/json;odata=verbose”
      • Set UserName to user who has access to site collection
      • Set Password to password of specified user
      • Set Store response content in a Text variable GroupRequestIDXMLAdd
    • Add “Log History List” action to log response GroupRequestIDXMLAdd from web request. The response is in JSON format. Nintex does not have a JSON parser action to retrieve value of property. Use “Regular Expression” action as described in the next step is used to retrieve Id value
    • Add “Regular Expression” actionRegularExpressionToGetID
      • Set String to ‍{Variable:GroupRequestIDXML}
      • Set String Operation to Extract
      • Set pattern to (?<=”Id”:).*?(?=})
      • Save Output to text variable strGroupIDCol
    • Add “Get Item from Collection” action.GetGroupIDFromCollection
      • Set Target Collection to variable strGroupIDCol
      • Set Index to 0
      • Set Output to SPGroupId
    •  Add “Log History List” action to log strGroupIDCol
  5. Add Contribute Role to new Group
    • Add App Step action  AppStepToAddContributeRoleToGroup
    • Add “Call HTTP Web Service” Action WebRequestToAddContributeRole
      • Set URL to <siteURL>‍/_api/web/roleassignments/addroleassignment(principalid=‍{Variable:SPGroupId}‍,roleDefId=1073741827)
      • Set Request Type to “HTTP Post”
      • Set Request Headers to dictionary “RequestHeaders”
      • Set Response Headers to new dictionary variable RoleAssignResponseHeaders
      • Set Response Content to new dictionary variable RoleAssignmResponseContent
      • Set Response Status Code to new text variable RoleAssignmResponseStatusCode
    • Add “Log to History List” action to log response of web request

Save and Publish the workflow. If the workflow runs succesfully

1 Comment
Nintex Observer

Is there an updated version of this? I get an error in the first web request action. When putting the url from the request into a browser I get an error telling that it is not possible to use the GET method to get access to the ressource GetContextWebInformation. Do you believe that the procedure is still valid?