I am trying to convert my rest implementation to CSOM.

Rest API for the same : _api/web/sitegroups?$Filter=LoginName%20eq%20'Test_Grp'

Unable to find an equivalent for $filter in lambda expressions.

I have a list of groupNames and I need to fetch only those groups from SharePoint.

The below snippet throws a ClientRequestException that

'The 'Contains' member cannot be used in the expression.

How can I retrieve only the groups whose names are in my list?

  using (var clientContext = new ClientContext(ServerUrl))
       GroupCollection collGroup = clientContext.Web.SiteGroups;


          groups => groups.Include(
              group => group.LoginName,
             group => group.Title,
          group => group.Id), group => group.Where(i => names.Contains((string)i.LoginName)));

1 Answer 1


REST request: /_api/web/sitegroups?$filter=LoginName eq '<group name>' could be converted to the following CSOM equivalent:

using (var context =  new ClientContext(webUri))
      var result = context.LoadQuery(context.Web.SiteGroups.Where(g => g.LoginName == groupName));
      var foundGroup = result.FirstOrDefault(); //get first result. Use .ToList() to retrieve all results  

      if (foundGroup != null) 

  • Thanks for the response Vadim. I have a small issue here. It works to get a single group but what i want is to fetch a list of groups given their names. I need to use var result = clientContext.LoadQuery(clientContext.Web.SiteGroups.Where(g => names.Contains(g.LoginName))); I get an exception - The 'Contains' member cannot be used in the expression.
    – jkr
    Oct 5, 2015 at 2:28
  • names is actually a list of strings
    – jkr
    Oct 5, 2015 at 2:44

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