I'm trying to query for documents in a specified sub folder of a document library. Using U2U CAML builder, I can generate the query and return successfully within it.

However, when I run the query using set_viewXml it is still returning just the folders at the top level of the document library.

My Query is as follows:

camlQuery.set_viewXml('<View><GetListItems><Query /><ViewFields /><QueryOptions><Folder>' + folderPath + '</Folder><ViewAttributes Scope="Recursive" /></QueryOptions></GetListItems></View>');

Where folderPath is along the lines of 'libraryName/SubFolder/'

Any ideas?


  • OK, I've moved the Scope="Recursive" to the View element at the start. And this is now showing all documents within the document library. However, the query is not filtering them on the sub folder name.
    – jonvines
    Feb 26, 2013 at 10:48
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    Cracked it, I will propose as answer once time limit has passed: camlQuery.set_viewXml('<View Scope="Recursive"><Query></Query></View>'); camlQuery.set_folderServerRelativeUrl(folderPath);
    – jonvines
    Feb 26, 2013 at 11:07
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    Don't forget to set it as an answer! It's showing up in the top unanswered questions on data.stackexchange.com! data.stackexchange.com/sharepoint/query/156248/… Mar 1, 2014 at 2:29

2 Answers 2

camlQuery.set_viewXml('<View Scope="Recursive"><Query></Query></View>');  

  • This is a life saver, thanks a lot. The only way I could find to make it work when having > 5000 files/items!
    – eirikb
    Dec 7, 2017 at 12:21

In addition to specifying SP.CamlQuery.folderServerRelativeUrl, there is another way how to filter items by folder in CAML:

//Constructs a query that returns all items under specified folder                    
function createAllItemsInFolderQuery(folderUrl) {
    var qry = new SP.CamlQuery;
    var viewXml = "<View Scope='RecursiveAll'> \
                <Query> \
                    <Where> \
                        <Eq> \
                            <FieldRef Name='FileDirRef' /> \
                            <Value Type='Text'>" + folderUrl + "</Value> \
                        </Eq> \
                    </Where> \
                </Query> \
    return qry;

Note: FileDirRef column contains information about the file directory

Example: how to return documents from Documents library under Orders folder

var context = new SP.ClientContext.get_current();
var web = context.get_web();

var list = web.get_lists().getByTitle('Documents');
var qry = createAllItemsInFolderQuery('Shared Documents/Orders'); //Get documents under Orders folder (format: ListUrl/FolderUrl )
var items = list.getItems(qry);

    function() {
        console.log(items.get_count()); //print number of documents in folder Orders        
    function (sender, args) {
        console.log("Error: " + args.get_message());

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