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How do I get workflow instances for list item on the client side

Question asked by alexander.korablinov on Jul 7, 2017
Latest reply on Jul 13, 2017 by alexander.korablinov


Question: What client side API can I use to retrieve all workflow instances for SharePoint list item?


SharePoint 2013/2016 with SharePoint 2010 Workflow platform, i.e. Workflow Manager is NOT installed.
Nintex Workflow


I have the following:
1.    SharePoint site URL
2.    List name
3.    Workflow name
4.    Item ID


I have already tried the following approaches:
1.    WorkflowLog[] NintexWorkflowService.GetWorkflowHistoryForListItem(int itemId, string listName, SPWorkflowState stateFilter, string workflowNameFilter)
This method is not reliable because it may return null even if workflow instance exists.
2.   CSOM WorkflowInstanceService.EnumerateInstancesForListItem(Guid, Int32)
The following C# example does not work:
ClientContext clientContext = new ClientContext(siteUrl);
var workflowServicesManager = new SP.WorkflowServices.WorkflowServicesManager(clientContext, clientContext.Web);
var workflowInstanceService = workflowServicesManager.GetWorkflowInstanceService();
var workflowInstances = workflowInstanceService.EnumerateInstancesForListItem(new Guid("{f79ba745-ffe8-4e77-b3a4-3f37ab7f1b0d}"), 100);


ExecuteQuery throws an exception: Cannot invoke method or retrieve property from null object. Object returned by the following call stack is null. "GetWorkflowInstanceService
new Microsoft.SharePoint.WorkflowServices.WorkflowServicesManager()"


I will appreciate any help.