I can't for the life of me figure out what's wrong with this URL:

_spPageContextInfo.webAbsoluteUrl + String.format("/_api/web/lists/getbytitle('{0}')/items?$select=ContentType/Name&$expand=ContentType&$filter=ContentType/Name eq 'Highlight Report'", documentsListTitle)

I get

400 (Bad Request)

Note I'm specifically looking for a REST solution with an example if possible.

  • getbytitle('{0}') ? I thought there should be the listname... – Patrick Nov 25 '15 at 15:46
  • Notice the use of String.format. – Submits Nov 25 '15 at 15:47
  • To the close voters: The question is regarding REST API not server side or client side using C#. Hope you understand. – Atish Dipongkor - MVP Nov 26 '15 at 9:58

Found a way which works for me. SharePoint 2013 on-prem.

Starting point:

A document library with two content types Document & Highlight Report and two documents in it for testing purpose.

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The REST URL for filtering only the document with the content type Document is:

https://<yourdomain>/_api/lists/getbytitle('<yourlistname>')/items?$filter=ContentType eq 'Document'

The output is:

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If you want to get the document lorem1 which is content type Highlight Report the REST URL looks like this:

https://<yourdomain>/_api/lists/getbytitle('<yourlistname>')/items?$filter=ContentType eq 'Highlight Report'

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Hope this could help you.

  • Just tried this and I get back a zero length array, which probably means no items were returned, which means the filter isn't working (I should get two items). – Submits Nov 26 '15 at 9:23
  • What is the name of the library and of the content type? Could you try to get first all your items with /_api/web/lists/getbytitle('LIBRARYNAME')/items – Patrick Nov 26 '15 at 9:27
  • Yes using that URL /_api/web/lists/getbytitle('Documents')/items I get back all the items from the list. But when I add ?$filter=startswith(ContentType,'Highlight Report') I get back nothing. – Submits Nov 26 '15 at 9:46
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    Filtering on content type name also works for me without the use of CAML. Check my updated answer. – HarryB Nov 26 '15 at 10:52
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    Updated the answer with english pictures and the content type you are using. – Patrick Nov 26 '15 at 11:05

$filter by ContentType is not supported. Reason could be ContentType is not any column of list OR Microsoft does not support it yet. $expand is supported.

Ignore the &$filter=ContentType/Name eq 'Highlight Report'" and see it works.

Update #1:

Following solution is regarding CAML + C#

Filter By ContentType using CAML

Now make it CAML + REST API

        <FieldRef Name='ContentType'/>
        <Value Type='Computed'>Highlight Report</Value>

For executing CAML in REST API


String.format("/_api/web/lists/getbytitle('{0}')/getitems", documentsListTitle)

HTTP Method:


Request Body:

var query = "<View>" + 
 "<Query>" + 
 "<Where>" + 
 "<Eq>" + 
 "<FieldRef Name='ContentType'/>" + 
 "<Value Type='Computed'>Highlight Report</Value>" + 
 "</Eq>" + 
 "</Where>" + 
 "</Query>" + 

var data = {
    query: {
        __metadata: {
            'type': 'SP.CamlQuery'
        ViewXml: query

Let me know for more modification or explanation.

  • Yep, it works without the filter but then how do I filter by the name of a content type? Surely there's a way – Submits Nov 25 '15 at 15:59
  • did not find any using REST yet. there could way using CSOM. If you are dealing with very few items, then filter them in request complete like success function – Atish Dipongkor - MVP Nov 25 '15 at 16:04
  • See my last update @Submits – Atish Dipongkor - MVP Nov 26 '15 at 5:53
  • ok ...... waiting to hear from you – Atish Dipongkor - MVP Nov 26 '15 at 9:22
  • Brilliant, it worked. It's a shame you have to use CAML to achieve this though! Thanks. – Submits Nov 26 '15 at 10:14

Try using ContentTypeId as the filter , the example below is returning results for me:


Update 1: Filtering on ContentType field also works. Try by replacing the space within the content type name by %20 in your REST Url

  • ContentTypeId is not an option because this site will become a site template and I'm not sure the content type IDs will remain the same. – Submits Nov 25 '15 at 17:49
  • You can get the content type Id dynamically by making a request like this: /_api/web/ContentTypes?$select=Name,Id&$filter=Name%20eq%20%27Item%27 – HarryB Nov 25 '15 at 17:56
  • You're right, this could be a solution. The only down side is I would need to make two REST calls. – Submits Nov 26 '15 at 9:24

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