I am working on a console application to integrate with SharePoint Online site collection. and I want a way to get all items that do not contain the word "fail" and do not contain the word "success", but I am not sure how I can specify does not contain inside CAML. here is my current test code:-

CamlQuery camlQuery2 = new CamlQuery();
                camlQuery2.ViewXml = "<View><Query><Where><And><NOT Contain><FieldRef Name='ResultMessage'/>" +
                    "<Value Type='String'>fail</Value></NOT Contain><NOT Contain><FieldRef Name='ResultMessage'/><Value Type='String'>success</Value></NOT Contain></AND></Where></Query></View>";

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How I can specify does not contain inside CAML?

As a short answer, Unfortunately, you CAN'T.

There isn't <NOT Contain> element or any equivalent for <NOT Contain> in Query schema elements


  • You can get the "<FieldRef Name='ResultMessage'/>" and perform logical comparing like

    if (!string.Contains("fail") && !string.Contains("success")).


Use<Neq> </Neq> instead:

         <Where><And><Neq><FieldRef Name='ResultMessage' /><Value Type='Text'>success</Value></Neq><Neq><FieldRef Name='ResultMessage' /><Value Type='Text'>fail</Value></Neq></And></Where> 
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    Neq is different than "not contain".. is this correct?
    – John John
    Dec 24, 2019 at 12:09
  • Neq means not equal. The caml query would get all items that do not equal "fail" and "success". The same result as "not contain". Dec 25, 2019 at 2:02

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