Are there any URL length limitation when making a GET request using REST API to SharePoint? I've been investigating for a while now, all I can see are inconsistent answers.

Microsoft documentation only shows url length limitation when using SharePoint browser. I am currently making an external application that uses REST API calls, but there seems to be a problem with the length of the URL.

  • Get request in what? in list items or others? for list items, there is alternate solution using CAML and POST request – Atish Dipongkor - MVP Sep 21 '16 at 8:16
  • like request for retrieving list of subsites/document libraries/folders/files – buttercup Sep 21 '16 at 9:05
  • See my answer for list and libraries. It is not possible for others AFAIK. – Atish Dipongkor - MVP Sep 21 '16 at 9:09
  • Can you post an example for subsite which is exceeding the default limit? – Atish Dipongkor - MVP Sep 21 '16 at 9:20
  • Structure is like this: /<very long subsite path>/_api/web/GetSubwebsFilteredForCurrentUser(nwebtemplatefilter=-1)?$select=Title,ServerRelativeUrl&$skip=0&$top=50. – buttercup Sep 21 '16 at 9:26

Default GET request URL length is 260. It can be modified in on-premise but in online it is not possible.Follow this link to modify this default value in On-Premise.

If your GET request URL length exceeds for getting items from a list, then you can solve it using CAML query and POST request. Example:


/_api/Web/Lists/getbytitle('List Name')/GetItems

Request Body

  __metadata: {
    type: "SP.CamlQuery" 
  ViewXml: 'CAML Query goes here'

Most of the cases, I found URL length exceeds for $filter operator. So $filter can be solved using CAML query.

  • I have tried counting the actual URL length, it is okay until 260 (not including the domain [https://], endpoint [something.sharepoint.com] and OData operators [...?$skip=0,..] – buttercup Sep 21 '16 at 8:57
  • you are right. answer updated – Atish Dipongkor - MVP Sep 21 '16 at 9:01

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