I'm trying to access an SPS 2010 document library that contains folders, which in turn contain documents. I can successfully list the content of the library and see all folders and root-level documents, yet I can't figure out the way to list the contents of a library folder.

For example, a site has a library called Shared Documents, which in turn contains a folder called F1. I can successfully list the contents of the Shared Documents library:


and even retrieve details for the folder:


but I can't figure out how to list the contents of the folder F1. For example, the most obvious thing doesn't work:


This returns an error that I can't fathom:

The request URI is not valid. Since the segment 'SharedDocuments' refers to a collection, this must be the last segment in the request URI. All intermediate segments must refer to a single resource.

Neither does this:


That request errors out without much specific information.

Sadly, I have to use the REST API, no other methods are acceptable in this specific case. Is it even possible to list subfolders with the REST API on 2010?

1 Answer 1


In order to return items from a specific folder use $filter query option with Path property:

$filter=Path eq '<folder relative url>'


Assume a Documents library that contains Orders folder.

Then, the following REST query returns all documents located under Orders folder:

https://contoso.sharepoint.com/_vti_bin/ListData.svc/Documents?$filter=Path eq '/Shared Documents/Orders'


Use OData query operations in SharePoint REST requests

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    Thank you! I couldn't have figured that one out in another million years! Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 6:52
  • It's a good question indeed, glad this helped you! :) Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 6:57
  • If my SP URL is: localhost/org/uk/sms/shared documents/forms/allitems.aspx what would the Path variable be to get a REST XML list of documents in that folder?
    – Chris M
    Commented May 20, 2016 at 8:58

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