I am trying to retrive all items that are under a certin folder, in a document library.

this is what i have so far

List DocumentsList = clientContext.Web.Lists.GetByTitle(list);
CamlQuery camlQuery = new CamlQuery();
camlQuery = new CamlQuery();
camlQuery.ViewXml = @"<View Scope='Recursive'>
                                    <FieldRef Name='FileDirRef'/>
                                    <Value Type='Text'>
                        <RowLimit Paged='TRUE'> 30 </RowLimit>
ListItemCollection listItems = DocumentsList.GetItems(camlQuery);

it is definately a caml query problem i am just unsure of how to fix it as yet any ideas would be helpfull

  • There was also bad casing for Eq operator. Being an XML dialect, CAML is case-sensitive. Apr 23 '19 at 10:50

i managed to get it working .

i changed the scope from "Recursive" to "RecursiveAll", RecursiveAll gets all files and all folders under the specidified location.

Caml query was replaced with

    camlQuery.ViewXml = "<View Scope=\"RecursiveAll\"> " +
                    "<Query>" +
                    "<Where>" +
                                "<Eq>" +
                                    "<FieldRef Name=\"FileDirRef\" />" +
                                    "<Value Type=\"Text\">/ecm/Business/Business/Projects/IDECO_P01030000</Value>" +
                                 "</Eq>" +
                    "</Where>" +
                    "</Query>" +
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    Sebastien, Your code worked not because you changed the string. It is because you changed the scope from "Recursive" to "RecursiveAll" As RecursiveAll gets all files and all folders under the specidified location.
    – user13753
    Dec 21 '12 at 7:40
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    hahah, so i see i asked this question when i was till very new to SharePoint :), thanks for pointing that out Dec 24 '12 at 8:00
  • @SebastienStettler : Hey If i want to check multiple conditions by putting <And> in this query how can i achieve that... May 28 '13 at 4:46
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    @RahulGokani if you have questions about a specific answer, please use our chat, not comments. Thanx! Aug 26 '13 at 12:41
  • this is worked ... <View Scope=\"RecursiveAll\"> .. in last two days i want to retrieve all task items in nested folders in task list and search google : summary task nested folders and so on... ( csom clientcontext ) Feb 17 '14 at 18:54

Try setting the FolderServerRelativeUrl property of the CamlQuery. See: here


you should also try to load all the folders and files. means


than you can get FolderCollection in Library

 FolderCollection FC = Document.RootFolder.Folders
 Foreach(Folder Fl in FC)
                FileCollection flc = fl.files;

Hops its help.


Have you tried using comparison operator as 'Contains'

    <FieldRef Name='FileDirRef'/> 
    <Value Type='Text'> 
  • Contains operator is more resource intensive for SQL than Eq or In because the query engine cannot use an index. Aug 4 '15 at 14:36

To get items from specific folder without receursive add to query this options:


Note to replace thelist/thefolder with actual relative url


This will get you all items in a list or library, including items in folders, support 5000+ items:

private async Task<List<ListItem>> GetAllListItems(ClientContext clientContext, List list)
    var result = new List<ListItem>();

    ListItemCollectionPosition itemPosition = null;
    while (true)
        CamlQuery camlQuery = new CamlQuery();
        camlQuery.ListItemCollectionPosition = itemPosition;
        camlQuery.ViewXml = @"<View Scope='RecursiveAll'>
                                <FieldRef Name='Title'/>

        ListItemCollection listItems = list.GetItems(camlQuery);
        await clientContext.ExecuteQueryAsync();

        itemPosition = listItems.ListItemCollectionPosition;

        foreach (ListItem item in listItems)

        if (itemPosition == null)

    return result;
  • Woudln't it easier to use ´SP.CamlQuery.createAllItemsQuery()´ or SP.CamlQuery.createAllFoldersQuery()?
    – Emaborsa
    Jan 25 at 13:46

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