SharePoint REST API for Recycle Bin

asked 2021-04-13T16:02:30.74+00:00
Daniele Zorzi 21 Reputation points


I've got a problem with the REST API that admit to restore deleted items from SharePoint online:

_api/web/recyclebin('<recycle bin item id>')/restore()

My problem is in the specific case where after the deletion of the file and before of the restoration, someone put a file with the same name in the place where the old file was.
In this situation the HTTP request for the restoration of the file goes in "BadRequest".

If I try to perform this same operation but in the standard way (go in the recycle bin manually and restore the file) the file will be correctly restored with the name changed in <file name>(1).<extension>

Why the REST API does not perform the same operation but instead it totally fails?


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  1. answered 2021-04-14T07:37:12.857+00:00
    Michael 17,861 Reputation points

    Hi @Daniele Zorzi ,

    Per my test, If we try to restore the deleted file in the standard way (go in the recycle bin manually and restore the file). SharePoint would rename the exsiting file (the new file somone put in the library) instead of the deleted file. Then restore it.

    When using the rest api to restore the file, you would get the error: "A file with this name <filname> already exists in <folder>. To restore the file, rename the existing file and try again."


    So, if we are using REST API to restore deleted files, you have to check and rename the existing file(new file) first, then restore it.

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