I'm trying to retrieve list items for my "Country" list through web services.

This is my list: https://i.sstatic.net/158MI.png

& this is my code:

using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Net;
using System.Xml;

namespace SPwebservices
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
            SPlistservices.Lists client = new SPlistservices.Lists();
            client.Credentials = new NetworkCredential("****", "******");

            System.Xml.XmlDocument xmlDoc = new System.Xml.XmlDocument();
            XmlNode ndQuery = xmlDoc.CreateNode(XmlNodeType.Element, "Query", "");
            XmlNode viewFields = xmlDoc.CreateNode(XmlNodeType.Element, "ViewFields", "");
            XmlNode ndQueryOptions = xmlDoc.CreateNode(XmlNodeType.Element, "QueryOptions", "");

            viewFields.InnerXml = "<FieldRef Name=\"Title\" />" +
                "<FieldRef Name=\"AgentName\" />" +
                "<FieldRef Name=\"AgentNumber\" />";

            XmlNode listItems = client.GetListItems("Country", null, ndQuery, viewFields, null, ndQueryOptions, null);

                foreach (XmlNode node in listItems)
                    if (node.Name == "rs:data")
                        for (int f = 0; f < node.ChildNodes.Count; f++)
                            if (node.ChildNodes[f].Name == "z:row")
                                string title = node.ChildNodes[f].Attributes["ows_Title"].Value;
                                string agentName = node.ChildNodes[f].Attributes["ows_AgentName"].Value;
                                string agentNumber = node.ChildNodes[f].Attributes["ows_AgentNumber"].Value;

                                Console.WriteLine(title + " " + agentName + " " + agentNumber);

Unfortunately I get this exception:

Exception of type 'Microsoft.SharePoint.SoapServer.SoapServerException' was thrown.

"List does not exist.The page you selected contains a list that does not exist. It may have been deleted by another user."

pointing at:

XmlNode listItems = client.GetListItems("Country", null, ndQuery, viewFields, null, ndQueryOptions, null);

Does anyone have a clue, what's wrong?

I got this from a tutorial so its very difficult for me to debug it..

  • did you check with fiddler and/or soapUI? maybe you have to many items Commented Apr 9, 2013 at 10:10
  • if you see this error may be uncurrect list or view ID
    – user35523
    Commented Nov 27, 2014 at 2:33
  • Any you get a final solution? For me, the signature for GetListItems method is public System.Xml.Linq.XElement GetListItems(string listName, string viewName, System.Xml.Linq.XElement query, System.Xml.Linq.XElement viewFields, string rowLimit, System.Xml.Linq.XElement queryOptions, string webID) It use XElement, not XmlElement neither XmlNOde. And I get the same error about it.
    – Kiquenet
    Commented Mar 16, 2015 at 8:22

3 Answers 3


Webservice reference points to the root site. And I am guessing list does not exists in root site. Is your list URL looks like following:


If yes then above code is searching list in 'yoursite' and not in 'WEB' Check this link: Accessing subsites' lists via the MOSS 2007 Lists.asmx web service

System.Xml.XmlNode nodes = myservice.GetListItems(listName, viewName, query, viewFields, rowLimit, null, null);

check the above line and check this link may it helps you.


  • Thanks for this! Its a nice example. I'll give it try separately and see if the exception persists over there..
    – lephleg
    Commented Apr 9, 2013 at 11:03
  • Sorry @Robert Kaucher, I think I dropped this after a couple of days trying. Its been a while though..
    – lephleg
    Commented May 13, 2014 at 13:47

Please, Check if the WebReference that you created has the property "Web Reference URL" something like: http://topLevelSite.yourdomain.br/sites/yourTestSite/_vti_bin/Lists.asmx.

In my case, i was reference it for a wrong URL. After i just right it, the excpetion is gone way.

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