i am using a caml query to check if a specific value exist in a sharepoint list. but it ends up returnning all the values instead of one.

          while (reader.Read())
                 //   MessageBox.Show(reader[5].ToString());
                    CamlQuery camlQuery = new CamlQuery();
                    camlQuery.ViewXml =
    <FieldRef Name='Email_x0020_Address' />
    <Value Type='Text'>myname@domain.com</Value> </Eq></Where></Query>";
                    ListItemCollection listItems = myList.GetItems(camlQuery);

                    if (listItems.Count != 0)
                        MessageBox.Show("Item Exists");
                        foreach (ListItem listItem in listItems.ToList())
                        MessageBox.Show("Item Does not exists");

You are missing View tag.

Please try to put your query inside View tag. It will retrieve filtered data only.

  • even with adding view tag its the same – Rinu Jun 28 '17 at 10:20

Removing the Query keyword could work.

camlQuery.ViewXml = @"<Where><Eq><FieldRef Name='Email_x0020_Address' /<Value Type='Text'>myname@domain.com</Value></Eq></Where>";

Alternatively, you can try to first append all the items in the list to a List of ListItem and then do your query by using LINQ. It was suggested to me by someone in here and I find it easier, more structured and never fails in large data sets (unlike CAML Query which does not work with over 5000 items).

  • not working with this <Where> <Eq> <FieldRef Name='Email_x0020_Address' /> <Value Type='Text'>myemail@mydomain.com</Value> </Eq></Where>. but when i ran it directly in caml query builder it returns only one record. from visual studio its 1017 the total number of records – Rinu Jun 28 '17 at 11:56

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