I have about 10 list in my SharePoint site.

I am using REST to query some data. However, I have got an irritating issue.

I have lists called, Applications(3000 Items), Candidates(30000 Items), Vacancies(2000) items.

When I try to query Applications and Candidates, the query is so quick. However, even though Vacancies list has much less items in it, and I select only 2 fields, it takes about 15 seconds, and my query only returns 260 items.

I am trying to find out why REST query takes longer for a specific list. I dont know where to look at as it is a bot black box for me now.

any idea why this is behaving like this?


  • How many columns the lists have? – Diego Hillesheim Aug 25 '15 at 14:45
  • Around 40, but not all of them are queried. If you do not specify in the $select part of the REST query, would it still query them? – AnarchistGeek Aug 25 '15 at 14:49
  • how many of them are lookup fields? – Gwny Aug 25 '15 at 15:26
  • Only 2, and 8 of them Person Or Group if you consider it as Lookup... – AnarchistGeek Aug 25 '15 at 15:37
  • Check fiddler to see the details of the rest query and to debug what is taking time. – Akhoy Aug 25 '15 at 15:56

Interestingly, this issue has been resolved.

I removed an unused field and it started to perform as is used to perform.

However, I am not sure why deletion of a random file resolved the performance problem. I would love to tell the reason, but I really do not know.

I am also not sure whether my answer is a real answer..

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  • This is possible. One of the reasons might be row wrapping. SharePoint stores items from all lists in a single database table. This table has a fixed number of columns for each field type. If you exceed those numbers SharePoint uses 2 rows in DB for each item and must JOIN them. Removing one field may do the difference here. – dstarkowski Aug 27 '15 at 15:25
  • And it started to happen again:(.... annoying... it is slow again... – AnarchistGeek Aug 28 '15 at 9:16
  • I'd be interested in knowing if you got any farther on this. I had the same issue, but it was taking 1 min and 30 sec. I removed a field and it was much faster. Please post back if you ended up finding a long-term fix. – Robert Kaucher Mar 2 '17 at 21:29
  • And my list has only 107 items in it... – Robert Kaucher Mar 2 '17 at 21:29

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