Delete multiple items in batch using SharePoint 2013 default services

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In this post we will discuss how to delete multiple items in batch using SharePoint 2013 default services. have to delete multiple documents/items we can use REST api but we have to make ‘n’ number of calls to delete ‘n’ number of Rows. Major performance hit I believe. Here we can easily use SharePoint default Lists.asmx Service to delete multiple rows.

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We all have been using REST api to do different types of CRUD operations but their is also a another way to do the CRUD operations . All we need is to use SharePoint default Services like:
1. Copy.asmx
2. Lists.asmx
3. Versions.asmx
4. UserGroup.asmx
5. Permissions.asmx
6. Views.asmx and many more.

Why to use ?
1. It is already prewritten and all we have to do is just consume it .
2. No overhead of service deployment .
3. Easily you can perform BATCH operations .

if(location.href.indexOf(“TestPage-for-Batch-Operations.aspx”)>-1) {
$(document).ready(function () {

function delete(siteurl) {
//let say I want to delete item Ids 465 , 466 and 486
var obj=[];
var fields = “”;

//framing the Rows to be deleted .Here I have deleted w.r.t ID but it can be any column name
for(var i=0;i<obj.length;i++){
fields += “<Method ID=\””+obj[i]+”\” Cmd=\”Delete\”><Field Name=\”ID\”>” + obj[i]+ “</Field></Method>”;

var batch = “<Batch OnError=\”Continue\”>” + fields + “</Batch>”;
var soapEnv = BuildSoapEnv(batch, ‘Master Document Transmittals’);
DeleteBatchItems(soapEnv, onSuccessDelete,siteurl);

//Bulid SOAP Envelope having the full request
function BuildSoapEnv(batch, listname)
var soapEnv =
“<?xml version=\”1.0\” encoding=\”utf-8\”?> \
<soap:Envelope xmlns:xsi=\”\” \
xmlns:xsd=\”\” \
xmlns:soap=\”\”> \
<soap:Body> \
<UpdateListItems xmlns=\”\”> \
<listName>” + listname + “</listName> \
<updates> \
” + batch + “</updates> \
</UpdateListItems> \
</soap:Body> \
return soapEnv;
//Perform Delete operation in a Batch
function DeleteBatchItems(soapEnv, functionToCall,siteurl)
url: siteurl+ “/_vti_bin/Lists.asmx”,
beforeSend: function(xhr) {
//to avoid security validation error SOAPAction header must be provided
type: “POST”,
dataType: “xml”,
data: soapEnv,
complete: functionToCall,
contentType: “text/xml; charset=\”utf-8\””
function onSuccessDelete()
// do something

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