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SPUpdateMultipleListItems allows you to update multiple items in a list based upon some common characteristic or metadata criteria.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The first iterations of this function only worked with lists, not Document Libraries. As of v0.6.1, it works with Document libraries as well.

How Does It Work?

The SPUpdateMultipleListItems function works like this:

  • It first calls GetListItems with the provided CAMLQuery to find all off the items which meet the criteria
  • Then the function calls UpdateListItems and updates all of the items found with the values provided




  webURL: "",
  listName: "",
  CAMLQuery: "",
  batchCmd: "Update",
  valuepairs: [],
  debug: false,
  completefunc: null


The URL of the Web (site) which contains the list. If not specified, the current site is used. Examples would be: "/", "/Accounting", "/Departments/HR", etc. Note: It's always best to use relative URLs.


The name or GUID of the list. If you choose to use the GUID, it should look like: "{E73FEA09-CF8F-4B30-88C7-6FA996EE1706}". Note also that if you use the GUID, you do not need to specify the webURL if the list is in another site.


The CAMLQuery option allows you to specify the filter on the list. CAMLQuery here should contain valid CAML such as:

CAMLQuery: "<Query><Where><Eq><FieldRef Name='Status'/><Value Type='Text'>Active</Value></Eq></Where></Query>"


The batchCmd option specifies what the action should be. The choices are "Update" or "Delete". "Update" is the default.


If specified, the completefunc will be called each time there is a change to parentColumn. Potential uses for the completefunc: consistent default formatting overrides, additional lookup customizations, image manipulations, etc. You can pass your completefunc in either of these two ways:

completefunc: function() {
  ...do something...


completefunc: doSomething, // Where doSomething is the name of your function


Setting debug: true indicates that you would like to receive messages if anything obvious is wrong with the function call, like using a column name which doesn't exist. I call this debug mode.

NOTE: Debug mode is not implemented in the initial release of SPUpdateMultipleListItems in v0.5.8.


  listName: "States",
  CAMLQuery: "<Query><Where><Eq><FieldRef Name='Status'/><Value Type='Text'>Active</Value></Eq></Where></Query>",
  valuepairs: [["Status", "Inactive"]]

This call to SPUpdateMultipleListItems will update all of the items in the States list which have their Status = "Active", setting their Status = "Inactive".

  listName: "States",
  CAMLQuery: "<Query><Where><Eq><FieldRef Name='Status'/><Value Type='Text'>Inactive</Value></Eq></Where></Query>",
  batchCmd: "Delete"

This call to SPUpdateMultipleListItems will delete all of the items in the States list which have their Status = "Inactive".

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