I'm trying to create a ContentType with FieldLinks using REST only (no SP.ClientContext) on SharePoint Online, but I'm not able to make it work.

Creating ContentType by POSTing to _api/Web/ContentTypes works fine by itself, the problem is FieldLinks.

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    I don't know if you've gotten this sorted out, but I think you have to daisy chain your way through by creating the content type, adding it to the collection, then updating the properties. msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/jj247038.aspx has them all listed. Jul 30 '15 at 18:50
  • @eirikb may I ask how you created the content type? I cannot find any information on the format of the data to POST to _api/Web/ContentTypes
    – claesv
    May 31 '16 at 9:13
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    @claesv I didn't. I ended up using JSOM. My app mixes both JSOM and REST. It's an Angular app so I wrap ClientContext in a promise, so they interchange fluently
    – eirikb
    May 31 '16 at 19:58

There are limitations on adding FieldLinks to a Content Type via REST. What you're attempting may not be possible at the moment. Here are the limitations:

  • Site Columns cannot be added to a content type using the REST service.
  • You can add a field to a site content type only if the field already exists on the parent content type.
  • You can add a field to a content type associated with a list only if the field already exists on the list. To add a completely new field to a list content type, you have to first add it to the list and then add it to the content type in a separate call to the REST service.

Taken from the documentation here:

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    I'm not a big fan of "It's not possible", but the question has been out for some time now and your sources are solid. Thanks for the answer =)
    – eirikb
    Oct 31 '15 at 7:16

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