[site name]_api/web/lists/GetByTitle(‘ListName’)/items

So why does this not work? All the examples I see indicate that it should work.

<m:error xmlns:m="http://schemas.microsoft.com/ado/2007/08/dataservices/metadata">
-1, Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.InvalidClientQueryException
<m:message xml:lang="en-US">
The expression "web/lists/GetByTitle(‘ListName’)/items" is not valid.

(20161101) More info:

I’m working through this example: [https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sridhara/2014/08/21/fix-sharepoint-2013-workflow-recursion-prevention-part-2/]

List 2 successfully creates a new item, and I can get the GUID from that new item. This next step fails.

HTTP Web Service info: [%WorkflowContext:CurrentSiteURL%]_api/web/lists/GetByTitle('List2')/items?$filter=GUID eq '[%Variable: NewItemGUID%]'

Response Code = BadRequest. I also log the http web service call string:

https://testwebsite/_api/web/lists/GetByTitle(‘List2’)/items?$filter=GUID eq '38bc1c7d-e020-4c71-a8bf-5b1a344e6b1d'

What's wrong with the above?

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    encoding problem of your single quotes and missing a forward slash? [site name]/_api/web/lists/GetByTitle('ListName')/items Commented Oct 31, 2016 at 17:56
  • missing the slash '[site name]/_api/web/lists/GetByTitle(‘ListName’)/items' Commented Oct 31, 2016 at 17:57
  • Included more info on main question. Please consider and comment. Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 20:17

2 Answers 2


It looks like you might have copied the URL from a site. You have two issues with the URL:

[site name]_api/web/lists/GetByTitle(‘ListName’)/items

First, you need a / between [site name] and _api

Second, the quotes you are using are special characters, not real quotes. ‘ListName’ is not the same as 'ListName'.

So your full URL would be:

[site name]/_api/web/lists/GetByTitle('ListName')/items
  • Thanks for the information. Quotes = I guess my pasting it into here changed the quotes. I’m using the correct ‘. [site name] missing /, I’m playing with HTTP web service and the variable for Current Site URL already has the / in it. Note - the query started to work ?! Commented Oct 31, 2016 at 19:37
  • Included more info on main question. Please consider and comment. Commented Nov 1, 2016 at 20:17

Found a good resource that helped me out. http://codelesssharepointinfopath.com/tag/start-workflow/

Using the ‘call http web service’ I was able to get the guid of the workflow and the ID of the list item. Everything worked up to the last POST where the workflow is triggered.

[web site]_api/SP.WorkflowServices.WorkflowInstanceService.Current/StartWorkflowOnListItemBySubscriptionId(subscriptionId='[guid of workflow]'),itemId='[id of list item]'

The http response code is OK, but nothing is happening. Any thoughts?

  • I needed to complete the Request Header in full: Accept / Content-Type / content-length / X-RequestDigest. Post still not working though. Commented Nov 10, 2016 at 23:05

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