When I run a (CAML based query) executeQuery against Sharepoint, sometimes the site does not exist (it is created by a workflow process which may not have run). When this happens, I get a ClientRequestException:

Cannot contact site at the specified URL http:/[mypath]. There is no Web named "/[mypath]/_vti_bin/sites.asmx".

Is there a check I can run? I think it's probably preferable to do a bool check than to wrap with a try catch.

This code runs client side, so I believe there is a different set of APIs available.


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I think, the solution here is to use the scopes approach.

There are two scope types in SharePoint: ConditionalScope and ExceptionHandlingScope. They allow you to implement conditional behaivour server-side. Only one request is sent to the server. Logics in scopes are packed together and sent to the server which is executed as a whole in a single request.

The easest way here is to implement server-side try-catch behaivour, using ExceptionHandlingScope, for example:

        ClientContext clientContext = new ClientContext("http://localhost");

        ExceptionHandlingScope scope = new ExceptionHandlingScope(clientContext);

        using (scope.StartScope())
            using (scope.StartTry())
                // do your actions here

            using (scope.StartCatch())
                // if error is occured...


As far as I know, there are no analogues for SPWeb.Exists in client object model, so using ExceptionHandlingScope is probably the best solution here.

Some articles, which can help to understand server-scopes idea:

  1. How to: Use Conditional Scope
  2. How to: Use ExceptionHandlingScope

If you are writing code always use this boolean check: SPSite.Exists()


  • 1
    does this work if I am working through the Sharepoint Client interface? May 2, 2011 at 20:38
  • Does not work in client object model Aug 13, 2013 at 13:47

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