Mark Mark - 10 months ago 69
reST (reStructuredText) Question

OData substringof or startswith returning all items

I'm trying to filter my results from a Rest Call.

type: "GET",
headers: {
"Accept": "application/json;odata=verbose"
dataType: "JSON",
url: _spPageContextInfo.webServerRelativeUrl + "/_api/lists/getByTitle('Contacts')/items?$select=Title,Id&$startswith('Title','" + request.term + "') eq true",
success: function (data) {
error: function (ex) {

In my Contacts List i'm trying to retrieve the Title and the Id for Items which start with a String or which have the String somewhere in it, here for example it is the Name of somebody.

I also tried it with substringof:

"/_api/lists/getByTitle('Contacts')/items?$select=Title,Id&$substringof(" + request.term + ",'Title') eq true"

which delivers also the same result.

It gives me all List Items from the List and no Filtering is applied.
I build the Url for the Rest after looking here Programming using the SharePoint 2013 REST service
Like the Schema given there I think the Url looks ok, but it not seems so :)


Applying the
like in the OData Uri Conventions gives me the following error:

{"error":{"code":"-1, Microsoft.SharePoint.SPException","message":{"lang":"en-US","value":"The query is not valid."}}}

Tried it with following Query Strings:

_api/lists/getByTitle('Contacts')/items?$select=Title,Id&$filter=substringof(m,'Title') eq true

_api/lists/getByTitle('Contacts')/items?$select=Title,Id&$filter=substringof('m','Title') eq true

_api/lists/getByTitle('Contacts')/items?$select=Title,Id&$filter=substringof('m',Title) eq true

Answer Source

I've managed to get the filter with substringof returning the correct results when I removed the "eq true".

Using one of your query strings, it should work like this:


I haven't checked any other functions, but at least, the same happens with startswith function.