I am trying to use SP Services to get a filtered and sorted list of data. My service call looks like this.

var query = "<Query>" +
                "<Where>" +
                    "<Eq>" +
                        "<FieldRef Name='Status'/><Value Type='Text'>Active</Value>" +
                    "</Eq>" +
                "</Where>" +
                "<OrderBy>" +
                    "<FieldRef Name='Order' />" +
                "</OrderBy>" +

var viewFields = "<ViewFields>" +
                    "<FieldRef Name='Title' />" +
                    "<FieldRef Name='backgroundImage' />" +
                    "<FieldRef Name='link' />" +

    operation: "GetListItems",
    webURL: "a/url/",
    async: true,
    listName: "Slider",
    CAMLQuery: query,
    CAMLViewFields: viewFields,
    completefunc: function (xData, Status) {
        var slides = [];
        $(xData.responseXML).SPFilterNode("z:row").each(function() {
                title: $(this).attr("ows_Title"),
                bgImage: $(this).attr("ows_backgroundImage"),
                link: $(this).attr("ows_link"),

The problem I am having is that the where clause is being applied, but the order by is not. I have tried wrapping the node in a node as suggested in this post: Caml Query for Order By List for web service call not ordering . This gave me an internal server error.

I have also tried removing the Query tag entirely. Can anyone see why the order by clause is not being applied? This gave me a bad request error.

The Order field is a number typed column.

EDIT (solution):

My problem was that I named my list column 'Order' which apparently is implicitly created. Sharepoint renamed my column 'Order0' without me knowing. I ended up deleting my original column and creating a new one called 'slideOrder'

  • Can you add an Ascending='True' into "<FieldRef Name='Order' />", for example "<FieldRef Name='Order' Ascending='True'/>", and see if that works? Nov 2, 2016 at 16:33
  • Sadly that did not work. Thanks for the attempt though. Nov 2, 2016 at 16:35

1 Answer 1


I don't have a direct answer but here are some steps you can do to troubleshoot:

  • Try removing the View Fields from the SPServices Call
  • Try adding a rowlimit like this:

    CAMLRowLimit: 1, 
  • Try OrderBy on another field such as Title to see if that works

  • Try the query with just the OrderBy element
  • Ensure 'Order' is the Internal name of your field and is type of Number or Text
  • Consider using REST API instead of SPServices
  • Bullet number 5 was the correct answer. Apparently the name 'Order' was already taken so it implicitly renamed my 'Order0'. Deleted the column and made a new one called 'slideOrder'. Nov 2, 2016 at 17:27
  • yeah sounded like there was a conflict there. Glad you got it Nov 2, 2016 at 19:51

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