I'm retrieving items from a list. The list contains entries which have attachments. Can I modify my query to include the attachment URLs? What's the most efficient way of doing this?

<Where><Eq><FieldRef Name='Special' /><Value Type='Boolean'>1</Value></Eq></Where>
<OrderBy><FieldRef Name='News_x0020_Date' Ascending='FALSE' /></OrderBy>

IncludeAttachmentURLs is not available with CAML query object of .NET Client object model. To retrieve the files from the attachment field you have to try the following:

Folder folder = clientContext.Web.GetFolderByServerRelativeUrl(
spList.RootFolder.ServerRelativeUrl + "/Attachments/" + item.Id);    
FileCollection files = attFolder.Files;    
// If you only need the URLs    
ctx.Load(files, fs => fs.Include(f => f.ServerRelativeUrl));    

The attachments are not stored in the list item but stored in a sub folder named "Attachments" and if this item has one or more attachments then a folder is created with the name as Id of the item where all the attachments for that item are stored.So , in the above code we are retrieving all the items for the folder which has the attachments


  • I would have to loop this for every result from my original CAML query right? I'm hoping to do something more efficient.
    – matt
    Nov 21 '14 at 17:44
  • IncludeAttachmentURL will work if you are using javascript
    – Jinxed
    Nov 21 '14 at 17:46
  • The problem is I have to use CAML to get the default label value for my managed meta data column.
    – matt
    Nov 21 '14 at 17:49

The "Include attachment urls" section of this article may provide you help with what you want to achieve.

Let us know if it helped.

  • I've seen this page, but I can't get it to work.
    – matt
    Nov 20 '14 at 23:46
  • Were were you stuck ?
    – Amit Tyagi
    Nov 20 '14 at 23:52
  • I should clarify that I'm using JavaScript (SP.CamlQuery). I don't know how to modify my CAML to include the attachment URLS. Nothing I've tried works.
    – matt
    Nov 21 '14 at 0:14
  • Hmmm.....it looks like this(IncludeAttachmentURLs) option works with the server side Object Model only.
    – Amit Tyagi
    Nov 21 '14 at 0:38
  • Check if this(jbmurphy.com/2010/10/28/… ) helps.
    – Amit Tyagi
    Nov 21 '14 at 0:56

Although the IncludeAttachmentURLs option is really not available via the client object model (at least in version 2013), you can still use the "good-old" SharePoint Web Services to submit a CAML query including this option if you need to work from the client side, as described here:

$(document).ready(function() {

function querySPWebServices() {
        var soapEnv = "<soapenv:Envelope xmlns:soapenv='http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/'> \
        <soapenv:Body> \
        <GetListItems xmlns='http://schemas.microsoft.com/sharepoint/soap/'> \
        <listName>Projects</listName> \
        <viewFields> \
        <ViewFields> \
        <FieldRef Name='Title' /> \
        <FieldRef Name='Body' /> \
        <FieldRef Name='ID' /> \
        <FieldRef Name='Attachments' /> \
        </ViewFields> \
        </viewFields> \
        <query> \
        <Query /> \
        </query> \
        <queryOptions> \
        <QueryOptions> \
        <IncludeAttachmentUrls>TRUE</IncludeAttachmentUrls> \
        </QueryOptions> \
        </queryOptions> \
        </GetListItems> \
        </soapenv:Body> \

            async: false,
            url: "http://server.name.com/site/_vti_bin/lists.asmx",
            type: "POST",
            dataType: "xml",
            data: soapEnv,
            complete: processResult,
            contentType: "text/xml; charset=\"utf-8\""
function processResult(xData, status) {
    $(xData.responseXML).find("z\\:row").each(function() {
        if ($(this).attr("ows_Attachments") != 0) {
        var url = $(this).attr("ows_Attachments").replace(/#/g, "").split(';');
        var ID = $(this).attr("ows_ID");
        $("table.ms-listviewtable tr:has(td.ms-vb2)").find("td:first").filter(function() {
            return $(this).text().toLowerCase() == ID;
            }).html("<img src='" + url[1] + "' width=150 height=100 />");

Or you can use REST (as the title of your question suggest):


Instead of CAML, add the condition, ordering and row limit attributes of your query via $filter, $orderby and $top to the REST query as described here.

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