I'm new to the SharePoint REST API. I have a document library with a lot of documents in it and a lot of metadata fields for those documents. I want to filter and display the items in the library the same way you would with a list using the SharePoint REST API. I can't seem to find how to do that in the Microsoft Dev Center.

I tried the following REST call, and it doesn't return an error but it doesn't seem to return any data either. /_api/Web/Lists/GetByTitle('DocumentLibraryTitle')/items

Anybody know how to do this?

  • a document library essentially is a list.
    – Mike
    May 19, 2017 at 18:55

2 Answers 2


That call is correct, did you check the result in a navigator? That should return a JSON. Just to be sure, your call should be

    url: _spPageContextInfo.webAbsoluteUrl + "/_api/web/lists/getbytitle('List Nam')/items",
    method: "GET",
    headers: { "accept": "application/json;odata=verbose", },
    success: function (data) {
    error: function (data) {

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  • I've been testing calls in the browser (just through the URL). I was expecting to see the results displayed there. I'm waiting for my IT department to install Fiddler so I can see the results through that. Thanks confirming it for though.
    – Jason
    May 19, 2017 at 18:58
  • I recomend you chrome to test rest calls, IE is quite an idiot and you have to configure some stuff to see it
    – Marco
    May 19, 2017 at 18:59
  • Yes, go to your IE Tools -> Content and turn on feed reading view from the Feed and Web Slice Settings.
    – Mike
    May 19, 2017 at 19:01
  • I've got feed reading turned on in IE, but all I'm seeing is this: imgur.com/a/bVrn5
    – Jason
    May 19, 2017 at 19:35

PS. Code before Play will take you ages..


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