I am using SharePoint 2013 REST. I have list which contains many look up columns, I can get list items through list if they are not look up columns but I can't select and also filter based on look up columns.

for example my list have 4 columns 2 are look up column:

Title, Company, Province

Where province is a look up field how can I select filter my data based on province field ?

which is a look up field it gives error.

My REST Code:

       url: "https://Myserver.com/sites/ibs/omt/_api/web/lists/getByTitle('Test')/items?$select=Title,Province/ID&$expand=Province/ID&$filter=Province eq'"+province +"'",
       type: "GET",
       headers: {
          "accept": "application/json;odata=verbose",
       success: function(data){
          $.each(data.d.results, function(index, item){
            $('.int_extras').append("<a style='font-weight:bold; color:#FFFFFF;margin:2px;' href='"+links+item.ID+"'>"+item.Title+"</a><br />");
      error: function(error){

I am new to REST queries please give your examples in details

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    The end of your call is ')};' where it should be : '});'
    – Hybris95
    Commented Jul 20, 2016 at 13:34

5 Answers 5


How to filter by lookup field value using SharePoint REST

Assume a Contacts list that contains a lookup field named Province

Option 1

Once a lookup column is getting added into list, its ID become accessible automatically via ListItem resource. For example, when the field named {field-name} is added into List, it's value could be set or get via {field-name}Id property of List Item.

The following query demonstrate how to filter list items by lookup field Id (Province Id in our case):

/_api/web/lists/GetByTitle('Contacts')/items?$filter=ProvinceId eq <ProvinceId>

where <ProvinceId> is a province id

Option 2

In order to filter by lookup value, the query should contain $expand query option to retrieve projected fields (like Province Title). The following example demonstrates how to filter by lookup field value (by Province Title in our case):

/_api/web/lists/GetByTitle('Contacts')/items?$select=Province/Title&$expand=Province&$filter=Province/Title eq <ProvinceTitle>

where <ProvinceTitle> is a Title of Province

  • My new query: "Myserver.com/sites/ias/omt/_api/web/lists/… eq'"+province+"'", when I write it in browser it gives this error: The field or property 'Province' does not exist
    – MJ X
    Commented Oct 21, 2014 at 3:52
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    This error occurs since there is no field named Province in Province list (projected list). To filter by Province Title use the following query: /_api/web/lists/GetByTitle('Contacts')/items?$select=Province/Title&$expand=Province&$filter=Province/Title eq 'A' Commented Oct 21, 2014 at 6:15
  • Pay attention to expression Province/Title that means get Title field from Province list, in your case it is Province/Province what means get Province field from Province list Commented Oct 21, 2014 at 6:16
  • even I can't select my code is blow: MyServer/sites/ias/omt//_api/web/lists/… gives error: The field or property 'Province' does not exist.
    – MJ X
    Commented Oct 21, 2014 at 6:27
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    Let us continue this discussion in chat.
    – MJ X
    Commented Oct 21, 2014 at 6:34

your REST Service Call should be like

 url: "https://Myserver.com/sites/ibs/omt/_api/web/lists/getByTitle('Test')/items?$select=Title,Province/ID&$expand=Province&$filter=Province/ID eq '"+province +"'"

It will work for you as while filtering you need to specify field followed by your look up column name


I have recently posted an article on Cascading drop down in SharePoint using REST API.

_spPageContextInfo.webAbsoluteUrl + "/_api/web/lists/getbytitle('" + drinkTypeListName + "')/items?$select=Title,Drink/Title,Drink/Id&$expand=Drink&$filter=Drink/Title eq '" + selectedDrink + "'";

Hope this helps you!

  • worked perfectly :)
    – Learner
    Commented Jul 17, 2018 at 13:12

Here is my RestUrl-

/_api/web/lists/getByTitle('Questions')/items?&$filter=Language eq '1'

Details- In this it is fetching all the items in questions List which is having specific languageId. LanguageId is defined from language list having lookup in Question list. Question List contains a lookup column ie "language" for language List.


Andrew Connell covers the solution to this very thoroughly in his blog here: http://www.andrewconnell.com/blog/Applying-Filters-to-Lookup-Fields-with-the-SP2013-REST-API

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