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When using Client-Side Object Model for SharePoint 2013, how can I access previous versions of List Item?

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It looks to me this is not possible, perhaps not even through the REST interface either. I can do it on files, e.g., ctx.get_web().get_lists().getByTitle('Test').getItemById(1).get_files().get_ver‌​sions(), but not on pure SP.ListItem. Although it should be possible through SPServices. –  eirikb Nov 15 '12 at 20:40
@erikb are you able to convert this into a full answer for acceptance, I believe you are perfectly correct. –  Hugh Wood Dec 7 '12 at 21:06

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According to this article


should provide the collection you are looking for.

Be careful: SPListItem.Versions and SPListItem.File.Versions are different.

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Unfortunately it is not correct,since the link you provided for SSOM. JSOM (and CSOM) SP.ListItem object does not expose Versions property –  Vadim Gremyachev Dec 17 '14 at 15:47

If you have a document library use:
JSOM: .get_file().get_versions()
REST: ../File/Versions

However if you have a normal list this won't work, but instead you can request the item file directly. This is a hack and I can't guarantee future support:

var itemFileUrl = 
  _spPageContextInfo.webServerRelativeUrl + 
  "Lists/" + listName + "/" + itemId + "_.000";

JSOM: .get_web().getFileByServerRelativeUrl(itemFileUrl).get_versions()
REST: "_api/Web/GetFileByServerRelativeUrl('" + itemFileUrl + "')/Versions

You can also use SPServices although I'm not sure this will work with CORS.

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