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Filter OData in SharePoint Get Files action by date

hi guys,


so I have a document library that is chokka blok full of documents(132k). I'm trying to get a way to move small ish blocks of documents into specific files. Im currently using the method below. My problem is that I know can only run a maximum of 5000 iterations of Apply to each, so to reduce the number of iterations I want to filter get files with an odata filter to pull out chunks of documents by the modified by or modified column. i just dont know how.


can anyone help - i've tried the documentation , by im obviously not tech enough to understand it


Currently the flow below works but never completes , it just runs and runs and runs




get files(Properties Only)


Apply to each


condition ( is eq to " text" )


get content


move file

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Community Support

Hi @Anonymous,

Do you want to use filter query to return files based on the Modified date?
Let’s say you want files that modified date greater or equals 7 days ago from Today.
Then you could try the following code:

Modified ge 'formatDateTime(addDays(utcNow(),-7),'yyyy-MM-ddThh:mm:ssZ')'

Note: Please make sure the formatDateTime is surrounded by a single quote.

More details about Odata filter query, please check the following doc for more details:
If you need more help, please feel free post back.


Best regards,

Community Support Team _ Mabel Mao
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Just a quick followup to this old post in case someone stumbles onto it and gets thrown off like I did. If you're trying to compare a date and need more granularity than days (in my case it's supposed to run every few hours) you'll need `HH` in the format. I was confused for a bit why the timestamps were so far off, and it's because lowercase `hh` is 12-hour. Uppercase `HH` is 24 hour. So my comparison thought things like 10 pm was 10 am.

Something like...


Modified ge 'formatDateTime(addHours(utcNow(),-3),'yyyy-MM-ddTHH:mm:ssZ')'



using the same expression getting an error.


The expression "2021-07-14T01:43:07Z" is not valid. Creating query failed.
clientRequestId: db6942e6-50b2-494f-bf31-ae01bf502057
serviceRequestId: db6942e6-50b2-494f-bf31-ae01bf502057

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@Abby2992  hi, Same problem for me : try this, it worked for me. 


variable = formatDateTime(addDays(utcNow(),-30),'yyyy-MM-dd')


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