I am able to retrieve list and list items just fine:

var client2 = new RestClient("https://preactdk.sharepoint.com/sites/mysite/_api/web/lists/getbytitle('mylist')/items");
client2.Timeout = -1;
var request2 = new RestRequest(Method.GET);
request2.AddHeader("Authorization", $"Bearer {tokenData.access_token}");
request2.AddHeader("Accept", "application/json;odata=verbose");
IRestResponse response2 = client2.Execute(request2);

However, when I try to retrieve the file within "Documents" in the "testfolder" directory via _api/web/GetFolderByServerRelativeUrl('testfolder/asdf.txt')/Files I get the following result:

    "d": {
        "results": []

What exactly am I doing wrong?

I wish to retrieve the URL of the asdf.txt file & then download it.

2 Answers 2


You should use the REST endpoint in below format using GetFileByServerRelativeUrl instead of GetFolderByServerRelativeUrl:

https://{site_url}/_api/web/GetFileByServerRelativeUrl('/Folder Name/{file_name}')





    <d:CheckOutType m:type="Edm.Int32">2</d:CheckOutType>
    <d:CustomizedPageStatus m:type="Edm.Int32">0</d:CustomizedPageStatus>
    <d:Exists m:type="Edm.Boolean">true</d:Exists>
    <d:IrmEnabled m:type="Edm.Boolean">false</d:IrmEnabled>
    <d:Length m:type="Edm.Int64">27544</d:Length>
    <d:Level m:type="Edm.Byte">1</d:Level>
    <d:LinkingUrl>https://tenant.sharepoint.com/sites/SPConnect/Shared Documents/Document.docx?d=w03de5ab85ea14f3085a0d6cda53ca8ef</d:LinkingUrl>
    <d:MajorVersion m:type="Edm.Int32">6</d:MajorVersion>
    <d:MinorVersion m:type="Edm.Int32">0</d:MinorVersion>
    <d:ServerRelativeUrl>/sites/SPConnect/Shared Documents/Document.docx</d:ServerRelativeUrl>
    <d:TimeCreated m:type="Edm.DateTime">2020-01-29T08:00:16Z</d:TimeCreated>
    <d:TimeLastModified m:type="Edm.DateTime">2020-02-25T06:49:58Z</d:TimeLastModified>
    <d:UIVersion m:type="Edm.Int32">3072</d:UIVersion>
    <d:UniqueId m:type="Edm.Guid">03de5ab8-5ea1-4f30-85a0-d6cda53ca8ef</d:UniqueId>

Documentation: Working with folders and files with REST

  • Thank you so much. That solved it. I also use the header Accept: application/json;odata=verbose. Can you check this result with this header? how do I then download the actual file? there should be a way to build a URL or something
    – crystyxn
    Jun 9, 2021 at 15:06
  • when I try without that header to get XML back, my <d:LinkingUri> and <d:LinkingUrl> are empty
    – crystyxn
    Jun 9, 2021 at 15:19
  • Edit: found it, have to add /$value at the end
    – crystyxn
    Jun 9, 2021 at 15:23
  • You're right. You need to use /$value to get the file contents/value. Jun 9, 2021 at 15:46
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    Are you downloading the file via script or on button/link click from browser? You need to provide the filename & extension. check examples at here. Also, alternative way to download file is to pass file URL to http://siteUrl/_layouts/download.aspx?SourceUrl=<fileUrl>. Check this for more information. Jun 9, 2021 at 16:06

I had the same issue when I used "siteAbsoluteUrl".

let siteUrl = _spPageContextInfo.siteAbsoluteUrl;
let url = siteUrl + "/_api/web/getFolderByServerRelativeUrl('<relative path to the folder>')/Files";

When I use "webAbsoluteUrl", then it gives me the files from the folder.

let siteUrl = _spPageContextInfo.webAbsoluteUrl;
let url = siteUrl + "/_api/web/getFolderByServerRelativeUrl('<relative path to the folder>')/Files";

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