SPChangeQuery.ChangeTokenStart Property

Gets or sets a token that specifies the start date and time for changes that are returned through the query.

Namespace:  Microsoft.SharePoint
Assembly:  Microsoft.SharePoint (in Microsoft.SharePoint.dll)
Available in Sandboxed Solutions: Yes
Available in SharePoint Online

public SPChangeToken ChangeTokenStart { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: Microsoft.SharePoint.SPChangeToken
An SPChangeToken object that specifies a starting date and time. An SPException exception is thrown if the token refers to a time before the start of the current change log. To start at the beginning of the change log, set the SPChangeTokenStart property to a a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic) value.

Use the SPChangeToken constructor to create a change token that can be used to set this property. Or, get an SPChangeToken object by extracting one from the ChangeToken property of the last change returned by a previous call to the GetChanges method.

The following example is a console application that queries the change log for changes to items in a Web site's user information list. Note that the application gets changes in batches by calling the SPWeb.GetChanges method in a loop. The first time through the loop, the value of the ChangeTokenStart property is a null reference (Nothing in Visual Basic), which indicates that the query should start at the beginning of the change log. At the bottom of the loop, the code sets the ChangeTokenStart property to the value of the change token for the last change in the batch, so that the next batch of changes begins where the last one left off.

using System;
using Microsoft.SharePoint;

namespace Test
   class ConsoleApp
      static void Main(string[] args)
         using (SPSite siteCollection = new SPSite("http://localhost"))
            using (SPWeb webSite = siteCollection.RootWeb)

               // Construct a query.
               SPChangeQuery query = new SPChangeQuery(false, true); 

               // Set a limit on the number of changes returned on a single trip.
               query.FetchLimit = 500;

               // object type 
               query.Item = true;

               // list to query
               SPList list = webSite.Lists["User Information List"];

               int total = 0;

               // Loop until we reach the end of the log.
               while (true)

                  SPChangeCollection changes = list.GetChanges(query);
                  total += changes.Count;

                  foreach (SPChangeItem change in changes)
                     // Get the item title.
                     string itemName = String.Empty;
                           SPListItem item = list.GetItemByUniqueId(change.UniqueId);
                           itemName = item.Name;
                        catch (ArgumentException)
                           itemName = "Item not found";

                     // Write to the console.
                     Console.WriteLine("\nDate: {0}", change.Time.ToString());
                     Console.WriteLine("Change: {0}", change.ChangeType);
                     Console.WriteLine("Item: {0}", itemName);

                  // Break out of loop if we have the last batch.
                  if (changes.Count < query.FetchLimit)

                  // Otherwise, go get another batch.
                  query.ChangeTokenStart = changes.LastChangeToken;

               Console.WriteLine("\nTotal changes = {0:#,#}", total);
         Console.Write("\nPress ENTER to continue...");