Karine Bosch’s Blog

On SharePoint

New version of CAML Designer 2013 released!

We just released a new version of the CAML Designer 2013. It does not contain a lot of new features but they are rather important changes:

  • As of now there is only one CAML Designer anymore: you can use the CAML Designer 2013 to connect to both SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint 2010.
  • The CAML Designer can now connect to Office 365

A big thank you to Peter Karpinski who enabled the connection to Office 365! He enforced our team a few weeks ago. Peter Karpinski is a Swedish SharePoint expert and teacher who is highly involved in Office 365 for the last couple of years.

Complete documentation on the CAML Designer 2013 can be found here.

Only one CAML Designer

As of now you only need one CAML Designer to both access SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013. If you want to access a SharePoint 2010 environment, you will have to connect with the client-side object model and web services. Because the CAML Designer 2013 is compiled against the .NET framework 4.5, you are not able to connect to SharePoint 2010 with the server object model BUT the code snippets for the server-side object model remain available.

Once connected to the SharePoint 2010 environment, you will only get the code snippets that are available on SharePoint 2010; i.e. no REST snippets and limited set of code snippets for the client-side object model (which are lot extended in SharePoint 2010).

Connect to Office 365

The CAML Designer can now also connect to your Office 365 environment. Click the Office 365 button, and fill out the URL to your O365 environment. The UI also asks to fill out your credentials:

In your list of recent connections your O365 connections are represented by a key.

We have to admit that it only supports the Office 365 accounts on SharePoint 2013. As all accounts are migrating towards SharePoint 2013, Peter Kapinski advised us not to support the SP2010 accounts.

If you would encounter problems when connecting to O365 sites, and you wish our support, you can do the following:

1) navigate to your site and append /_vti_pvt/service.cnf at the end of the url, i.e. https://TENANT.sharepoint.com/_vti_pvt/service.cnf.

2) Send the response to camlfeedback@biwug.be

This way we can try to find out what’s going wrong.

Have fun!


April 28, 2013 - Posted by | SharePoint 2010


  1. Hello Karine,
    I have been trying to get your CAML Designer 2013 tool to work with my Office 365 account for 2 days and every time I try to connect I get an error that says the program stopped working. Basically, it crashes every time I try to make a connection. Do you have any suggestions? I really need to grab some CAML info from a SharePoint list so I can work with repeating tables in InfoPath 2013. Thank you for any assistance you may be able to provide.

    Best Regards,

    Michael K. Malloy

    Comment by Michael K. Malloy | August 16, 2013 | Reply

  2. Hi…
    When I tried to work with caml designer & when I loaded all the lists in my site & tried to execute a caml query against a particular doc lib, caml designer crashes.again I tried this for multiple times but the same results…:-(
    Is there anything I need to do to avoid this crash?

    Comment by prasadwt | January 19, 2015 | Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: