Reset List Item ID in SharePoint 2013/2016

In this SharePoint tutorial, we will discuss, how to reset list item id in a SharePoint 2013/2016 list. We will be able to know, how to reset id number in the SharePoint list.

Every SharePoint list item will have one ID associated with it. If you have 5 items and you delete all 5 items from the SharePoint list then next time if you will try to add one item to the list then the id will starts from 6 not with 1.

There is no out of box way you can reset the id apart from resetting the value in the SharePoint content database.

#1: Reset list item id SharePoint 2013

One approach you can do is, you can Save the List as a template and can use the same template to create a new list in SharePoint 2013/2016/Online. You can follow this article to check.

#2: SharePoint 2013 reset List Item ID (Update in Database)

The other way is you can modify in the SharePoint database, and this is not a recommended approach.

Remember if you are using SharePoint Online, then you can not modify any database, so this approach will work only in SharePoint 2013/2016.

Before opening your database for modification, make sure you have the list GUID.

AllListsAux table in the content database maintains information about Item count and Id details for all lists.

Then open the database and run the below command:

SELECT * FROM [ContentDBName].[dbo].[AllListsAux] where ListID='GUID of the List'


SELECT * FROM [WSS_Content].[dbo].[AllListsAux] where ListID='B13CC473-6187-4478-A0DD-853E83AA6F9D'

It will display like below:

reset list item id sharepoint 2013
reset list item id sharepoint 2013

Now if you will add an item to SharePoint list, the next list item ID will be generated like below:

sharepoint 2013 reset list item id
sharepoint 2013 reset list item id

Then Run the below command to reset the value:

UPDATE [Content DB].dbo.AllListsAux set NextAvailableId=1 where ListID='GUID of the List'


UPDATE [WSS_Content].dbo.AllListsAux set NextAvailableId=1 where ListID='B13CC473-6187-4478-A0DD-853E83AA6F9D'

Now if you will add an item to the list, then the item will be reset (Item ID will start from 1) like below:

how to reset id number in sharepoint list
how to reset id number in SharePoint list

But Microsoft strictly does not recommend to change anything in the content database. Take special care while doing this kind of modification.

You may like following SharePoint list and document library tutorials:

I hope this article will be helpful to reset list item id SharePoint 2013/2016 or SharePoint 2019.

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