Does SharePoint expose a list that can be queried for list metadata as returned in List.Fields?

Background: My aim is to request only the data that I need. When I write:

// string listName = "My List";
var myFields = context.LoadQuery(context.Web.Lists.GetByTitle(listName).Fields);

myFields contains 74 elements. However, I am interested in only a handful of these so I want to restrict myFields to that small subset. If I know the fields, I can add a .Where(x => (x.Title == "Field1" || x.Title == "Field2" ...)), but if I did not know the fields of interest, how would I limit the fields returned?

All my efforts to do it with pure CSOM code have failed. I have come to the conclusion that I need to construct a CAML query, but I am interested in the metadata (Title and InternalName) and not the contents of "My List". Is it possible?

2 Answers 2


it's not possible to use CAML query to get/filter the list fields because of the list.Fields is a collection property, not a function which could accept the CAML query to filter out the fields.

  • OK, so I cannot query "My List", but is there a metadata list that I could query? For example, in an MS SQL Server database I can write: select column_name, data_type, character_maximum_length from information_schema.columns where table_name = 'My List' and column_name in ('col1', 'col2', 'col3')
    – Test User
    May 31, 2017 at 13:02
  • @TestUser, no; it is not possible. Jun 1, 2017 at 4:43

It's better to have a List associated with a Content Type. So that you can have a set of Fields retrieved from the Content Type using CSOM.

please refer this link to create a list using content type.

To create/edit a content type please refer this.

  • Understood, but it is not my SharePoint site. I have to work with it as I find it.
    – Test User
    May 31, 2017 at 20:07

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