I have two lists: 'Company' and 'Customer'. In 'Customer', I have an auto look up field called 'parent'. Then I tried to use Rest to retrieve data from customer like this:


But the response returned error: <m:message xml:lang="en-US">The field or property 'parent' does not exist.</m:message>

What can I do to get rid of this error.

thanks in advanced

2 Answers 2


The syntax of your query seems correct. Most probably this error occurs since $select and $expand operators are case-sensitive.

Try the following query:

  • Hi, It's work perfectly !But with my autocompletelookupfield it's raise the same error. Other information: the 'parent' column is the lookup field to 'Company' List and this is the autocompletelookupfield I customed, not Lookup field of SharePoint 2013.
    – tbbt
    Nov 4, 2014 at 3:05

You should use the internal name of the fields in the query. Check the internal name of the 'parent' field, for example via PowerShell:

$web = Get-SPWeb http://mysite
$list = $web.Lists["Customer"]
$list.Fields | % { $_.InternalName }

or via


If the lookup field was renamed, it might have already a different title than you need.


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