I have an MVC app and am trying to recreate a Lookup site column on a page with a drop down list (add all the choices to the list). The itemColl ends up being empty, is there something that I'm not loading correctly?

SharePointContext spContext = SharePointContextProvider.Current.GetSharePointContext(HttpContext);
ClientContext clientContext = spContext.CreateUserClientContextForSPHost();
Field field = clientContext.Web.Fields.GetByInternalNameOrTitle('InternalName');


FieldLookup lkField = clientContext.CastTo<FieldLookup>(field);
clientContext.Load(lkField, f => f.LookupList);

var list = clientContext.Web.Lists.GetById(new Guid(lkField.LookupList));

var itemColl = list.GetItems(CamlQuery.CreateAllItemsQuery());
clientContext.Load(itemColl, items => items.Include(listItem => listItem[lkField.LookupField]));

1 Answer 1


You have to hack into the schema of the field:

ctx.Load(field, (s) => s.SchemaXml);
var lookupListId = XElement.Parse(field.SchemaXml)
                              .First(s => s.Name == "List")

See: Convert Field To FieldLookup using ClientContext

  • I was able to get around the issue by changing to CastTo instead of as (8th line). I am still not able to actually get any items though (itemColl is empty). Do you know if there's something else I'm not loading to the context correctly?
    – cooper
    Commented May 11, 2017 at 19:16
  • My only other thought was to target your SP List based field, versus your Web fields collection, but that might be a red herring.
    – InvoiceGuy
    Commented May 11, 2017 at 21:03
  • I just figured it out actually, I didn't have the right permissions in my app to access the list. Can't believe I missed that
    – cooper
    Commented May 11, 2017 at 21:06

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