It would appear that the Client Object Model only retrieves user-defined content types as part of the ContentTypes property for a given web. I would like to create a new content type using Document as a base, but I can't seem to make that work:

ClientContext ctx = new ClientContext("http://server/sites/site/");
// load web object
Web web = ctx.Web;
// load ContentTypes
ContentTypeCollection types = web.ContentTypes;

ContentTypeCreationInformation info = new ContentTypeCreationInformation {
Name = "Custom Document",
Description = "Base type for all Custom docs",
Group = "Custom"
ContentType t = types.Add(info);

This is successful in creating the type, but it derives from Item - so I tried adding in the following for the ContentTypeCreationInformation but it gets effectively ignored... the content type still uses Item as the base. I am guessing it is because I never called Load() and ExecuteQuery() after types.GetById().

ParentContentType = types.GetById("0x0101")

Trying to load that content type by hand doesn't work either - I get a ServerException: Cannot invoke method or retrieve property from null object. Object returned by the following call stack is null. "GetByIdContentTypes"

ContentType doc = types.GetById("0x0101");

Is there a way to create a Content Type using the Client Object Model where I can actually use Document as the base type?

Update 1

I created a content type using the web interface (ctypenew.aspx) that correctly inherits from the Document type. The following code will actually work under this crazy scenario, though I don't love having to create it via the web interface first and look up the ID.

// retrieve stub type created through web interface and get parent type
ContentType doc = types.GetById("0x0101002A430B08213A894C9D23FA4FD6DB068E");
ContentType parent = doc.Parent;

// now create new type using the parent reference
ContentType newType = types.Add(new ContentTypeCreationInformation { 
    Name = "Custom Document",
    Description = "Base type for all Custom types",
    Group = "Custom",
    ParentContentType = parent

1 Answer 1


I just tried this code and it works as expected. After I run it I have a new content type named 'Test Document Content Type' that inherits from Document.

var clientContext = new ClientContext("http://win7virtualbox/sites/demo");
var web = clientContext.Web;

var contentTypes = web.ContentTypes;

var info = new ContentTypeCreationInformation();
info.Name = "Test Document Content Type";
info.ParentContentType = contentTypes.GetById("0x0101");
info.Group = "Pluralsight";

var newType = contentTypes.Add(info);


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  • The above code doesn't work for me - I get a new Site Content Type named "Test Document Content Type" but the parent is still Item instead of Document. See image: i.imgur.com/8B1GB.png
    – Goyuix
    Commented Feb 22, 2012 at 16:51
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    The only think I can think of is that there is an issue with the content type id. Have you tried using the same code to create a content type that inherits from one of the other built-in content types (say Task) and see if that works? Commented Feb 22, 2012 at 18:24
  • I tried a few other types as well (Like Basic Page and Picture) without success - it still defaults back to the base of item. I am convinced this must be something peculiar to my environment. Also see Update 1 in my original question as the mystery has expanded.
    – Goyuix
    Commented Feb 22, 2012 at 20:03

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