The collection has not been initialized. It has not been requested or the request has not been executed

Hi, folks today we are discussing the most common issue while retrieving a collection object using CSOM (Client-side object model) in SharePoint 2013/2016/Online. Here we will see how to resolve the error: ‘Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.CollectionNotIntitializedException’ occurred. The collection has not been initialized. It has not been requested or the request has not been executed. It may need to be explicitly requested.

Recently while working with .Net managed client object model (csom) in a Provider hosted add-in for SharePoint Online, I got the below error.

‘Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.CollectionNotIntitializedException’ occurred in SiteCreation.exe.

Additional information: The collection has not been initialized. It has not been requested or the request has not been executed. It may need to be explicitly requested.

The full error looks like below:

The collection has not been initialized

The collection has not been initialized. It has not been requested or the request has not been executed.

To resolve this whenever we are using any collection object inside loop we need to make sure initialization should happen outside the loop and before using it should be loaded and executed as shown below with an example.

In below we are trying to retrieve entire content types collection of a root site level and want to perform some action. So here is the proper way of initializing and usages.

ContentTypeCollection contentTypeColl = clientContext.Site.RootWeb.ContentTypes;
clientContext.Load(contentTypeColl);
clientContext.ExecuteQuery();
List list = clientContext.Web.Lists.GetByTitle(listURL);
clientContext.Load(list);
clientContext.ExecuteQuery();

#region Adding content types to List
string[] contentTypesStack = contentTypeName.Split(‘|’);
for (int i = 0; i < contentTypesStack.Length; i++)
{
if (contentTypesStack[i] != Constant.NOT_APPLICABLE)
{
ContentTypeId contentTypeGuid = GetContentTypeIdByName(clientContext, contentTypesStack[i], contentTypeColl);
}
}
The collection has not been initialized It has not been requested or the request has not been executed

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Hope this will be helpful to resolve The collection has not been initialized. It has not been requested or the request has not been executed error in SharePoint Online or SharePoint 2016/2013.

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