The $filter method works perfectly on regular text columns, but I can't figure out how to use it with a "Hyperlink or Picture" type column. For example:


This query is meant to get all the items in the Sponsors list where Target_URL contains the given string. Target_URL is a "Hyperlink or Picture" type column. But it doesn't work.

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It is a limitation in SharePoint 2013 REST filter.

You need to use CAML query along with REST.

url: "/_api/web/lists/getbytitle('Sponsors')/getitems"
method: "POST",
body: "{ 'query' : {'__metadata': { 'type': 'SP.CamlQuery' }, "ViewXml": "<View><Query><Where><BeginsWith><FieldRef Name='URL'/><Value Type='URL'>url</Value></BeginsWith></Where></Query></View>" } }",
headers: {
    "accept": "application/json; odata=verbose",
    "content-type": "application/json; odata=verbose"

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