I plan to design a workflow that move a document from main site to a subsite. But I found out that REST API moveTo/copyTo method only for within a same site.

Anyone have REST API solution ? Thank you.

FYI: I using Sharepoint designer 2013.

1 Answer 1


Indeed, you only can copy/move files between libraries at the same level. A walk around could by using the endpoint "/openbinarystream" this will retrieve... well a little obvius what this will return. When you get the binarystrem, using "RequestExecutor" you could use a call like this

$.getScript(_spPageContextInfo.webServerRelativeUrl + "/_layouts/15/SP.RequestExecutor.js", function () {
    var createitem = new SP.RequestExecutor(_spPageContextInfo.webServerRelativeUrl);
        url: _spPageContextInfo.webServerRelativeUrl + "/_api/web/lists/GetByTitle('list_template')/RootFolder/Files/add(FileName='file_name.docx', overwrite='false'))",
        method: "POST",
        binaryStringRequestBody: true,
        body: binary, //<-- your binary
        success: fsucc,
        error: ferr,
        state: "Insert"
    function fsucc(data) {
        console.log(data + ' uploaded successfully');
    function ferr(data) {
        console.log(fileName + "not uploaded error");

I hope it can help you

  • Thank for reply my question. But I just using the sharepoint designer 2013, it does not have coding.
    – vicky
    Mar 17, 2017 at 3:45
  • this is javascript, not C# or servser side code.
    – Marco
    Mar 17, 2017 at 12:18

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