SPList list = web.Lists.GetList(new Guid(listGuid), false);
SPListItem item = list.GetItemById(int.Parse(listItemId));
string currentStatus = item["Status"].ToString();
if (currentStatus == "Pending Approval")
    SPWorkflowCollection workflows = item.Workflows;
    // Do more stuff

Why does item.Workflows ALWAYS return nothing, even though I know there is a workflow running for this item.

I'm also sure I have the correct SPListItem object; the currentStatus condition confirms this.

I found these two questions that are related, but refer to SPListItem.Tasks rather than SPListItem.Workflows (perhaps they're related):

SPListItem.Tasks always empty
SPWorkflow.Tasks is empty when not in debug

  • Please make sure you are referring to the correct list with which the workflow is associated not to the task list of the worklow.
    – Avijit Sur
    Jan 5, 2015 at 15:41
  • Avjit, as I mentioned, I'm sure I am referring to the correct list as I have the correct item in item
    – Submits
    Jan 5, 2015 at 15:47

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I am not sure why it's returning an empty collection.

In 2013 you can enumerate instances using following code:

Reference Microsoft.SharePoint.WorkflowServicesBase.dll

WorkflowServicesManager workflowServiceManager = new WorkflowServicesManager(web);
var workflowInstanceService = workflowServiceManager.GetWorkflowInstanceService();
var workflowInstances = workflowInstanceService.EnumerateInstancesForListItem(listGuid, listItemId);
foreach (var instance in workflowInstances)
    //Do Stuff
  • Amal, thanks for your answer. In the end I went a different route to solve the problem and didn't have to use SPListItem.Workflows. Though I didn't get to try your suggestion, I have a feeling it was a safer route to go, so I'll mark it as the answer.
    – Submits
    Jan 9, 2015 at 11:25

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