I have a list with 3 lookup columns and some of the items have attachments in it. I need to get the list items using REST API with details about any attachments in the items.

When I try to run the below query, I do not get any attachment details, though they are there.


But when I try to run the query with additional select for AttachmentFiles/FileName,AttachmentFiles/ServerRelativeUrl it throws me error.


Below is the error message that I receive.

<m:error xmlns:m="http://schemas.microsoft.com/ado/2007/08/dataservices/metadata">
<m:code>-2147024809, System.ArgumentException</m:code>
<m:message xml:lang="en-US">
Column 'Attachments' does not exist. It may have been deleted by another user.

What am I doing wrong here?

Update 1:

I get same error with below query.

  • can you try it as http://<SITE>/_api/web/lists/getbytitle('Narrative%20Framework')/items? $select=Lookup1/Title,Lookup2/Title,Lookup3/Title,AttachmentFiles &$expand=AttachmentFiles,Lookup1,Lookup2,Lookup3 and check ? Aug 4, 2017 at 10:14
  • @GautamSheth: Tried it, but didn't work
    – Naveen
    Aug 4, 2017 at 10:20
  • sorry, Can you try it again as http://<SITE>/_api/web/lists/getbytitle('Narrative%20Framewo‌​rk')/items?$select=Lookup1/Title,Lookup2/Title,Lookup3/Title,Attachments,Attachment‌​Files&$expand=AttachmentFiles,Lookup1,Lookup2,Lookup3 and check ? Aug 4, 2017 at 10:26
  • @GautamSheth: That worked! If you can post this as answer then I will be happy to accept it as answer Also why is Attac‌​hment‌ required in select query?
    – Naveen
    Aug 5, 2017 at 11:16

1 Answer 1


Looks like you are missing the Attachments column in the API.

Try it as below:

  • Getting "Column 'Attachments' does not exist. It may have been deleted by another user." Using this Jan 19, 2020 at 20:00

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