I have files in a document library which needs to be checkout by some automatic scripts from other web application(Asp.net/javascript) using SharePoint REST API. I'm working on Sharepoint Server 2013 On Premise

I found that we can achieve it only in

  1. Sharepoint Apps
  2. SharePoint Server Project

I gone through this links

  1. https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/jj164022.aspx#ClientAPIs
  2. https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/office/dn292553.aspx

Is it Possible?

  • What exactly is the problem? You don't know REST endpoint for check-out, or how to make REST call between two web applications? Mar 3, 2016 at 8:54
  • How to make SharePoint REST API call from other application(Not in SP Web application). Is it possible
    – Light
    Mar 3, 2016 at 9:08

1 Answer 1



'use strict';  
var hostweburl;   
var appweburl;   

    // This code runs when the DOM is ready and creates a context object which is   
    // needed to use the SharePoint object model  
    $(document).ready(function () {  

            //Get the URI decoded URLs.   
    hostweburl =   
    appweburl =   
               // Resources are in URLs in the form:  
        // web_url/_layouts/15/resource  
        var scriptbase = hostweburl + "/_layouts/15/";    

        // Load the js file and continue to load the page with information about the list top level folders.  
        // SP.RequestExecutor.js to make cross-domain requests  

         // Load the js files and continue to the successHandler  
            $.getScript(scriptbase + "SP.RequestExecutor.js", execCrossDomainRequest);  

             // Function to prepare and issue the request to get  
          //  SharePoint data  
          function execCrossDomainRequest() {  
            // executor: The RequestExecutor object  
            // Initialize the RequestExecutor with the app web URL.  
            var executor = new SP.RequestExecutor(appweburl);             

            var metatdata = "{ '__metadata': { 'type': 'SP.Data.TestListListItem' }, 'Title': 'changelistitemtitle'}";  

            // Issue the call against the app web.  
            // To get the title using REST we can hit the endpoint:  
            //      appweburl/_api/web/lists/getbytitle('listname')/items  
            // The response formats the data in the JSON format.  
            // The functions successHandler and errorHandler attend the  
            //      sucess and error events respectively.  
            appweburl +    
            "/_api/SP.AppContextSite(@target)/web/ GetFileByServerRelativeUrl(  
  '/Shared Documents/a.txt')/CheckOut()?@target='" +    
            hostweburl + "'",    
        method: "POST",    
        body: metatdata ,    
        headers: { "Accept": "application/json; odata=verbose", "content-type": "application/json; odata=verbose", "content-length": metatdata.length, "X-HTTP-Method": "MERGE", "IF-MATCH": "*" },            
            success: function (data) {  
                alert("success: " + JSON.stringify(data));  
            error: function (err) {  
                alert("error: " + JSON.stringify(err));  

    // This function prepares, loads, and then executes a SharePoint query to get   
    // the current users information        

// Retrieve a query string value.   
// For production purposes you may want to use   
// a library to handle the query string.   
function getQueryStringParameter(paramToRetrieve) {   
    var params =   
    for (var i = 0; i < params.length; i = i + 1) {   
        var singleParam = params[i].split("=");   
        if (singleParam[0] == paramToRetrieve)   
            return singleParam[1];   

source: http://www.c-sharpcorner.com/UploadFile/472cc1/check-out-files-in-sharepoint-library-2013-using-rest-api/


 function CheckOutFile() {
             var clientContext = SP.ClientContext.get_current();           
                 var webSite = clientContext.get_web();
                 this.list = webSite.get_lists().getByTitle("Shared Documents");
                 this.item = list.getItemById(1);
                 this.file = this.item.get_file();
                 clientContext.executeQueryAsync(Function.createDelegate(this, this.OnLoadSuccess), Function.createDelegate(this, this.OnLoadFailed));           

source: http://www.sharepointpals.com/post/How-to-Checkin-and-CheckOut-in-SharePoint-2013-using-Javascript


//get the connection
ClientContext ctx = new ClientContext("http://sitename");

//get the home page
File home = ctx.Web.GetFileByServerRelativeUrl("/SitePages/home.aspx");


source: Check- in & check-out files using client object model

  • what will be hostweburl & appweburl
    – Light
    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:23
  • When the App first launches, SharePoint provides three values in the query string named: SPHostUrl, SPAppWebUrl and SPLanguage. Mar 3, 2016 at 10:40
  • I don't want in Sharepoint App, can I run above script in basic html with javascript ?
    – Light
    Mar 3, 2016 at 10:51
  • you can use apps, CSOM, JS, C#, just choose your flavor Mar 3, 2016 at 10:59
  • if you want to run automatic scripts form an external location, I would recommend a c# console application using the client object model Mar 3, 2016 at 11:04

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