I have a list with an URL-field. Nothing special, just the OOTB Hyperlink-field.

I want to execute a CAML-query that selects items with a certain value in the description part of the URL-field.


      <FieldRef Name="URL" />
      <Value Type="URL">text</Value>

Result Only items with 'text' in de url part are selected, if a item has 'text' in the description part it is not selected.

How do i select items based the description of the URL?

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I'm pretty sure you won't be able to do this with a CAML query. This is because for 'complex' fields which store multiple values, only the 'default' value is available to query - by this I mean what would be available when SPField.GetFieldValueAsText() is called.

This would mean the only way to 'query' like this is to iterate through the items in the list.

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    Thanks, for now i just added an extra column which duplicates the value of the description and use that for filtering.
    – Dribbel
    Commented Feb 21, 2010 at 11:24
  • If this is the solution. It will take more time to show the Results..
    – user9008
    Commented Jun 21, 2012 at 13:39

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