Items By Column Values

Required scope: boards:read items are another core object in the platform. Items are the objects that hold the actual data within the board, to better illustrate this, you can think of a board as a table and an item as a single row in that table.

You can learn more about this object type here.

Querying items_by_column_values() searches for items based on predefined column values and returns data about these specific items.

You can only use items by column values at the root of your query. They cannot be nested within another query.

query {
    items_by_column_values (board_id: 1234567, column_id: "date", column_value: "2019-02-06") {
let query = "query { items_by_column_values (board_id: 1234567, column_id: \"date\", column_value: \"2019-02-06\") { id name } }";

fetch ("", {
  method: 'post',
  headers: {
    'Content-Type': 'application/json',
    'Authorization' : 'YOUR_API_KEY_HERE'
   body: JSON.stringify({
     query : query
   .then(res => res.json())
   .then(res => console.log(JSON.stringify(res, null, 2)));
curl --location --request POST '' \
--header 'Authorization: yourSecretKey' \
--header 'Content-Type: application/json' \
--data-raw '{"query": "query { items_by_column_values (board_id: 1234567, column_id: "date", column_value: "2019-02-06") { id name } }"}'

You can find the Postman request to query items by column values here.


The following items_by_column_values() arguments can reduce the number of item returned.

Unlike other queries, when querying items by their column values, there are some arguments that must be included, and some arguments that are optional.

limit IntThe number of items returned.
page IntThe page number to get, starting at 1.
board_id Int!The board's unique identifier.
column_id String!The column's unique identifier.
column_value String!The column value to search items by. You can use text values for the search.
column_type StringThe column type to search by. For example, a Status column's type is "color".
state StateThe item's state: all, active, archived, or deleted. The default state is active.


The following fields will determine what information is returned from your items_by_column_values() queries. Some fields will have their own arguments.

The fields available for items_by_column_values() are exactly the same as the fields available in Items.

FieldField DefinitionArguments
assets [Asset]The item's assets/files.column_ids [String]
board BoardThe board that contains this item.
column_values [ColumnValue]The item's column values.ids [String]
created_at DateThe item's creation date. The list will appear in reverse chronological order with the most recent dates first.
creator UserThe item's creator.
creator_id String!The unique identifier of the user who created the item.
group GroupThe group that contains this item.
id ID!The item's unique identifier.
name String!The item's name reflected in the first column of any board.
parent_item ItemThe relevant parent item of a subitem. If used for a parent item, it will return null.limit Int
page Int
ids [Int]
newest_first Boolean
exclude_nonactive Boolean
state StateThe item's state: all, active, archived, or deleted.
subscribers [User]!The user IDs of the users who are subscribed to this item.
updated_at StringThe date when the item was last updated.limit Int
page Int
updates [Update]The item's updates.limit Int
page Int
email String!The item's email.
subitems [Item]The item's subitems.limit Int
page Int
ids [Int]
newest_first Boolean
exclude_nonactive Boolean
relative_link StringThe item's relative path.


The maximum amount of items that can be retrieved using pagination is 10,000. You can return up to 10 pages with a maximum of 1,000 items each.

Supported columns

The following columns support the items_by_column_values() queries. In addition, you can find provided notes about the column types.

Supported ColumnsNotes
Long Text
StatusSearch for values based on Label (text within the cell), and not on index. (i.e., “Working on it”, “Done” and not index:1)
NumbersSearch for the number as a string, and not as an integer. For example, if you’d like to find all items with a 15 value, search for “15”. This also supports searching for 0 values, but will not return empty cells;
DateSearch for YYYY-MM-DD values. For example, March 1st, 2021, would be 2021-03-01 when making the request. Dates with times are not supported.
World ClockSearch for the text value of the column. For example, “Europe/Berlin”;

Limited support columns

The following columns provide limited support for the items_by_column_values() queries.

Column typeNotes
People columnWill only return results for items where a single user is assigned. Doesn’t support arrays of users, will only return results based on actual user name and not User ID;
Dropdown columnWill only return a single value that you search. If you have an item with Dropdown labels such as “1” and “2”, a query for “1, 2” will return a null object. If you have an item with only “1” selected, the results will show correctly.
Timeline columnYour query has to match the values shown in the column_values { text results. For example, if you have a timeline set to a single date, the Start and End date will be considered the same date:
“2021-02-24 - 2021-02-24”
Thus, you will have to search for the same date twice, separated by a dash. If you have different dates, they have to be formatted in a similar fashion:

“2021-03-01 - 2021-03-02”
File columnWill return a single file as a result, but not multiple files. You will need to use the full item name, together with the extension. If your filename is 1 and the extension is .jpg (an image), you will need to search for 1.jpg for the correct results.
Week columnThe text version of the week should be used. For example, if your Week column is set to a week from February-22, 2021 to February 28, 2022, the query should look like this:

“2021-02-22 - 2021-02-28”

Then, you’ll be able to get the item;
Dependency columnSupports individual items only;
Link columnWill return results based on the Display text of the Link column, and not the actual URL. If those are different, the display text will be used.

Not supported columns

The following columns are not supported by the items_by_column_values() queries.

  • Tags: not supported
  • Connect Boards: not supported
  • Mirrored columns: not supported
  • Checkbox column: not supported
  • Location column: not supported
  • Rating: not supported
  • Color picker: not supported
  • AutoNumber: not supported
  • Formula: not supported
  • Item ID: not supported
  • Last Updated: not supported
  • Creation Log: not supported
  • Vote: not supported
  • Time Tracking: not supported


When creating an item or adding a value to a column, the new value for the column might take up to 30 seconds to be available for retrieving using items_by_column_values().


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