Query hierarchical data

You can define specific self-referencing one-to-many table relationships as hierarchical. You can write queries that return related data in these hierarchies.

You can take advantage of new query condition operators to query tables with explicit hierarchical relationships. These operators only apply for the table relationship specifically defined as a hierarchical relationship. You can use new condition operators to retrieve this hierarchical data when you query using QueryExpression or FetchExpression.

Condition operators for hierarchical data

Use the following operators to set conditions when querying hierarchical data.

FetchXML ConditionOperator Description
above Above Returns all records in referenced record's hierarchical ancestry line.
eq-or-above AboveOrEqual Returns the referenced record and all records above it in the hierarchy.
under Under Returns all child records below the referenced record in the hierarchy
eq-or-under UnderOrEqual Returns the referenced record and all child records below it in the hierarchy
not-under NotUnder Returns all records not below the referenced record in the hierarchy
eq-useroruserhierarchy OwnedByMeOrMyReports When hierarchical security models are used, Equals current user or user's reporting hierarchy
eq-useroruserhierarchyandteams OwnedByMeOrMyReportsAndTeams When hierarchical security models are used, Equals current user and user's teams, or user's reporting hierarchy and their teams

Recursion limits when querying hierarchical data

Because querying hierarchical data can be resource intensive, there is a default limit of 100 recursions allowed conditions for hierarchical queries using the Above, AboveOrEqual, Under, UnderOrEqual, and NotUnder condition operators.

OwnedByMeOrMyReports and OwnedByMeOrMyReportsAndTeams are hierarchical security condition operators that depend on the Hierarchy Depth setting that can be found in Settings > Security > Hierarchy Security. The value of this setting is stored in the Organization.MaxDepthForHierarchicalSecurityModel column.

Use the rowaggregate column in a FetchXML based query to retrieve the number of hierarchically related child records. When this value is set to CountChildren a value that includes the total number of child records for the record is included in the EntityCollection. For example, the following query will include an AccountChildren aggregate value representing the number of child account records in the hierarchical relationship where the {0} parameter represents the AccountId of the parent record.

<fetch distinct='false' no-lock='false' mapping='logical'>  
  <entity name='account'>  
    <attribute name='name' />  
    <attribute name='accountid' />  
    <attribute name='accountid' rowaggregate='CountChildren' alias='AccountChildren'/>  
    <filter type='and'>  
      <condition attribute='accountid' operator='under' value='{0}' />  


The aggregate value returned represents all the child records, including any that the user may not have access to read.

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