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TeamSiteDataContext context = new TeamSiteDataContext(new Uri("http://server/_vti_bin/ListData.svc"));
context.Credentials = new NetworkCredential("username", "password");
var f = context.SharedDocuments.Where(a => a.Name == "document1.docx").SingleOrDefault();

How can I get the content of the file f as a byte array? I am using Webservices Rest Interface for sharepoint 2010.

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I assume that you don't have problems to get the SPFile. Here is a little example:

SPFile xmlFile = ...

using (var sr = new StreamReader(xmlFile.OpenBinaryStream()))
    String xmlString = sr.ReadToEnd();

OpenBinaryStream gives you back a stream. You will get the naked bytes back ;)

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Thank you ali for formatting ;) – hupseb Apr 3 '13 at 12:27
I am developing a client-side application which accesses data from a remote sharepoint server. From what I googled I found that SPFile class is in Microsoft.Sharepoint.dll which can be used only if the application is on the same server. Am I understanding it correctly? Or do I need to dig in deeper? Other than the rest interface there is also a soap interface which uses the Lists.asmx web service. But that looked a bit complicated to me. Is there a way to get the content using ListData.svc because it is easier to use? – AbhinavRanjan Apr 4 '13 at 8:34

Finally found an easy way to do this. Looks like there are different web services to achieve different functionality. I finally added a web reference to


where server should be replaced by sharepoint server name

Suppose, I give it a name CopyReference

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Net;
using System.Text;
using System.Threading.Tasks;

namespace Asmx
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)

            CopyReference.Copy copyService = new CopyReference.Copy();
            copyService.Url = @"http://server/_vti_bin/copy.asmx"; // change    server to your sharepoint server
            copyService.Credentials = new NetworkCredential("username", "password");

            string copySource = @"http://server/Shared Documents/document1.docx"; //location of the file on server

            CopyReference.FieldInformation myFieldInfo = new  CopyReference.FieldInformation();
            CopyReference.FieldInformation[] myFieldInfoArray = { myFieldInfo };
            byte[] myByteArray;

            copyService.GetItem(copySource, out myFieldInfoArray, out myByteArray);


myByteArray will give you the bytes in the document.

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Great that the webservice approach is working for you :) Be careful where you store your username and password and don't send it through an unsecure connection. – hupseb Apr 6 '13 at 14:31

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