I have a Approve/Reject workflow attached to a library. Is there a way to get the Workflow Instance Id from the list item using REST API?

I know it is possible with 'SPListItem.Workflows' in server-side API but in my case I need a REST equivalent.

Idea is to query Workflow History list with "List" and "WorkflowInstance" columns.

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Question 1: Workflow Instance Id from the list item

Make a GET request to the following URL, you will get two fields name WorkflowInstanceID and WorkflowVersion along with other columns.

/_api/web/lists/GetByTitle('Your Library Name')/Fields

So you can get Workflow Instance Ids for all items in your library by following URL

/_api/web/lists/GetByTitle('Your Library Name')/Items?$select=WorkflowInstanceID

For a particular Item, let say ID of the Item is 11

/_api/web/lists/GetByTitle('Your Library Name')/Items(11)?$select=WorkflowInstanceID

Question 2: Idea is to query Workflow History

Workflow History is just a list like any other list. So you can apply same idea over here also.

/_api/web/lists/GetByTitle('Workflow History')/Items
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    Hi Atish, thank you for your suggestion. In fact I tried that but due to some reason WorkflowInstanceId is coming as null when I retrieved list items.
    – Arun
    Nov 6, 2015 at 16:36

In a SharePoint list if you attach any workflow it will a column with your workflow name. It is a Hyperlink column which can be used to get that full url to query workflow history list.

See below screenshot how it returns results from REST call.

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I have used below query to get that

<<site url>>/_api/web/Lists/getByTitle('<<list title>>')/Items(<<item id>>)

It returns all columns but from results you will get that workflow column

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