Quick Info

This error means that the body should not have “__metadata” property or the ‘__metadata’ property is not formatted correctly.


“The property ‘__metadata’ does not exist on type ‘SP.Data.POC_x0020_TasksListItem’.” It is a very common problem when calling SharePoint REST API (POST method). This issue can be resolved easily.

the property '__metadata' does not exist on type sp.data
Error Screenshot

#. Error Details

As you can see in the above screenshot, I am calling SharePoint API(method: POST) from Power Automate. This API is responsible for updating SP list item properties. As you can see the errors highlighted in orange color mentions that “The property ‘__metadata’ does not exist on type ‘SP.Data.ListType'”.

In simple words, this error means that the body is not supposed to have the “__metadata” property in it.

#. Why this error occurs?

This error can occur due to many reasons and one of them is wrong parameter being passed in the API request body. However I have included few tips to resolve the issue, check them below

Method 1: Correct Headers

Just like any other API call, you need pass few required parameters in SharePoint API call as well. If you are using Power Automate to call SharePoint API, then make sure to use the below headers, otherwise it may not work.

Accept: "application/json"
Content-Type: "application/json"
If-Match: "*"
X-HTTP-Method: "MERGE"

If your request body contains “__metadata” parameter then make sure to change the Content-type header as below

Content-Type: "application/json; odata=verbose"

On the other hand if you are using JavaScript or Postman to call the SharePoint API then check the below documents to find the correct parameters for header

Method 2: Rectify request Body

the property '__metadata' does not exist on type sp.data error

As per this Microsoft document(as of 16th Nov 2021) you need to pass the ListItemEntityTypeFullName when calling the SharePoint REST API. But as per my testing, you do not need to pass it if you are not using the “odata” parameter in the header.

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#. Final Result

I followed the same changes in the API call and I was able to call the API successfully.

the property '__metadata' does not exist on type sp.data

That’s all I have for resolving this issue the property ‘__metadata’ does not exist on type sp.data. I hope this has helped you to resolve your issue.

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