How to reproduce the problem:

  • Have a list with a title: Mapped Drives / Folder Redirection
  • Open this list using this URL https://tenant.sharepoint.com/_api/web/lists/GetByTitle('Mapped Drives / Folder Redirection')
  • Or open it using this url: https://tenant.sharepoint.com/_api/web/lists/GetByTitle('Mapped%20Drives%20%2F%20Folder%20Redirection')

The result is: enter image description here

I've found a similar question, but it does not have a solution. At least none that would solve the problem of having a slash in the title SharePoint REST API getbytitle with ampersand in title?

Is there are way to query a list by title via REST if it contains a slash symbol?


The REST API Lists/getByTitle('') does not support the special character /. You have to get it by using one of the following ways.

Using GUID

https://tenant.sharepoint.com/_api/web/Lists(guid'your guid')

Using Filter Operation

https://tenant.sharepoint.com/_api/web/Lists?$filter=Title eq 'your list title'

If you want to get the items from the list using the title. You have to make 2 calls.

  1. Get List Guid from below query. Example

    https://tenant.sharepoint.com/_api/web/Lists?$filter=Title eq 'test/List'&$select=Id

  2. Use the Id from the above response to get the items

    https://tenant.sharepoint.com/_api/web/Lists(guid'guid from above request')/Items


Although you came up with a workaround, I'm curious whether either of these suggestions would have worked for you:

  • Use the URL encoded version of the call
    • Mapped Drives / Folder Redirection would be Mapped%20Drives%20%2F%20Folder%20Redirection
    • It should be valid OData call as per this
  • Wrap the title with encodeURIComponent():
    • /getByTitle('" + encodeURIComponent('Mapped Drives / Folder Redirection') + "')

I have come up with findings of both of the mentioned where they have worked in a similar case.

  • Hi Moe, thank you for the answer. As you can see, encodeURIComponent('Mapped Drives / Folder Redirection') produces Mapped%20Drives%20%2F%20Folder%20Redirection. And this is exactly what I used in the question and specified that it throws an error. as Venkat Konjeti said, you cannot get run Lists/getByTitle('') if the list contains a slash symbol. No matter if you try to escape it with encodeURIComponent or not. – Denis Molodtsov Jun 13 '17 at 15:17
  • Cheers @DenisMolodtsov, kinda what I was expecting. Why I still suggested this was because I have come across cases where getByTitle is successfully used with special characters, which made me question the unambiguous explanation here. – moe Jun 13 '17 at 15:20
  • I really like the $filter=Title eq 'your list title' solution since it produces nearly identical response as Lists/getByTitle(''). And I don't need to make 2 calls instead of one. – Denis Molodtsov Jun 13 '17 at 15:26

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