Jun 17, 2016

SharePoint BCS: External content type not available for creating External List

I recently created a simple external content type for a WCF service in SharePoint 2013, but though I could create an external column that worked perfectly, the type was not available as an external list.

My problem was that I had added a PageNumber filter for the Finder (Read list items operation) to limit the items returned and activate pagination.

It seems External Lists do not support this and upon removing the filter from the operation, my content type was now available. This does work for SQL based external types.

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