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Flow condition evaluating incorrectly

I'm trying to set up a fairly simple flow. Check date of SharePoint column (Calculated column formatted as date) equal to utcNow(yyyy-MM-dd). It wont work. I've created an entry in the SharePoint list with the date of today, and it still shows condition as false.


Even trying on a non calculated column its not working. Yet I have another list/flow and it works fine.


 And yet it is quite clearly 01/03/2019.



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I'm beginning to think it just doesnt work on a calculated column, which is really unhelpful. I set up one of the standard reminder flows and ran it. Low and behold the following error.


  "status": 400,
  "message": "The field 'cdue' of type 'Calculated' cannot be used in the query filter expression.\r\nclientRequestId: d024b19e-de17-4cb7-a73f-5b1d9872c703\r\nserviceRequestId: 3a2cc59e-304a-8000-a457-2945895bf722"

Changing the column to standard date format and it works. 

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Hi @aobr31569 , I will try to assist.

what's the actual WDL for:Capture-301.png

As I would try

equals(<Last Cali...>, utcNow(yyyy-MM-dd))

then make that equal to true(expression).


That may work or post the output of the SharePoint connector JSON that has generated <Last Cali...> and I will do my best to assist.


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Thanks, Alan

Thanks for the suggestion, as I'm a Flow beginner what is 'WDL'?


I tried using the expression you suggested, but it always says its invalid. (I did change Last Cali... to the full string).


Portion of JSON code.


{"statusCode":200,"headers":{"Transfer-Encoding":"chunked","Vary":"Accept-Encoding","X-SharePointHealthScore":"0","X-MS-SPConnector":"1","X-SP-SERVERSTATE":"ReadOnly=0","DATASERVICEVERSION":"3.0","SPClientServiceRequestDuration":"115","SPRequestGuid":"dfdac49e-7010-8000-a457-2b37d81d620a","request-id":"dfdac49e-7010-8000-a457-2b37d81d620a","MS-CV":"nsTa3xBwAICkVys32B1iCg.0","Strict-Transport-Security":"max-age=31536000","X-FRAME-OPTIONS":"SAMEORIGIN","MicrosoftSharePointTeamServices":"","X-Content-Type-Options":"nosniff","X-MS-InvokeApp":"1; RequireReadOnly","Timing-Allow-Origin":"*","x-ms-apihub-cached-response":"true","Cache-Control":"max-age=0, private","Date":"Fri, 01 Mar 2019 23:05:09 GMT","P3P":"CP=\"ALL IND DSP COR ADM CONo CUR CUSo IVAo IVDo PSA PSD TAI TELo OUR SAMo CNT COM INT NAV ONL PHY PRE PUR UNI\"","X-AspNet-Version":"4.0.30319","X-Powered-By":"ASP.NET","Content-Type":"application/json; charset=utf-8","Expires":"Thu, 14 Feb 2019 23:05:10 GMT","Last-Modified":"Fri, 01 Mar 2019 23:05:10 GMT","Content-Length":"273824"},"body":{"@odata.nextLink":"$skiptoken=Paged%3dTRUE%26p_ID%3d100","value":[{"@odata.etag":"\"11\"","ItemInternalId":"1","ID":1,"Title":"091203056","Equipment":"Thermometer IR","Status":"WITHDRAWN","Last_x0020_Calibrated":"2010-07-26","Division":{"@odata.type":"#Microsoft.Azure.Connectors.SharePoint.SPListExpandedReference","Id":1,"Value":"PANELS & PROFILES"},"Division#Id":1,"Area":{"@odata.type":"#Microsoft.Azure.Connectors.SharePoint.SPListExpandedReference","Id":2,"Value":"Panels"},"Area#Id":2,"Section":"Lab","New_x0020_Owner":{"@odata.type":"#Microsoft.Azure.Connectors.SharePoint.SPListExpandedUser","Claims":"i:0#.f|membership|","DisplayName":"Lloyd, Julia","Email":"","Picture":"","Department":"PP Laboratory","JobTitle":"Chief Chemist"},"New_x0020_Owner#Claims":"i:0#.f|membership|","Calibration_x0020_Due":"2011-07-24T23:00:00Z","Cal_x0020_Status":{"@odata.type":"#Microsoft.Azure.Connectors.SharePoint.SPListExpandedReference","Id":1,"Value":"Ok"},"Cal_x0020_Status#Id":1,"EquipmentType":{"@odata.type":"#Microsoft.Azure.Connectors.SharePoint.SPListExpandedReference","Id":31,"Value":"Thermometers"},"EquipmentType#Id":31,"Calibration_x0020_Schedule":52.0,"Ownership_x0020_date":"2011-04-28","Modified":"2019-03-01T23:01:30Z","Created":"2019-02-27T15:06:53Z","Author":

Looking at it now, i'm assuming the error is because the date format is incorrect?




Even though the column is formatted as date only, its returning date/time. 

Hi @aobr31569 

Sorry for the jargon, WDL is Workflow Definition Language. More information on expressions here

So, thanks for the information as I believe what you are looking for is:

equals(formatDateTime(body('Get_items')['Calibration_x0020_Due'], 'yyyy-MM-dd'), formatDateTime(utcNow(), 'yyyy-MM-dd'))

Now, I am assuming you are using a SharePoint "Get items" and it's named as the default, but if not, you will need to tweak that(body('Get_items')['Calibration_x0020_Due']), but you're on the right track in terms of date format.

Something like the above , equal to true should work if indeed you want to work in the most with date format of 'yyyy-MM-dd'.


You may not need to format the date time but when you read the references below that will shed more light on it over all as it could become:

equals(body('Get_items')['Calibration_x0020_Due'], utcNow())


Information here:



Standard Date and Time Format Strings


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Thanks, Alan

Thanks again, I think I understand what the expression is doing. (CalibrationDue = utcnow) = true. But it always results in an error.



I'm using 'Get Items' rather than 'Get Item' if that makes much of a difference. I did change that in the expression, but it still errors.


Get items is working, i've checked the output.


Basically I have a list of 465 items requiring calibration. I want to check the calibration due date against the current date, and change another column status as a result. (I have another workflow that checks the due date and sends an email when its within 30 days and then 7 days, these use dynamic content and a single expression that seems to work)


I need to get to grips with expressions and formats because the power of flow with SharePoint lists seems to have huge potential, but its not quite as simple as I first thought.


Hi @aobr31569 

Try this: 

subtle change with use of "?" which allows null. if it were one item, it wouldn't matter. now it is items there looks to be some with out a due date in your JSON.

equals(formatDateTime(body('Get_items')?['Calibration_x0020_Due'], 'yyyy-MM-dd'), formatDateTime(utcNow(), 'yyyy-MM-dd'))

Otherwise, you may have to enhance your condition to say if ['Calibration_x0020_Due'] is not null or empty.

I say this as your JSON has:Capture-311.png

New_x0020_Owner& New_x0020_Owner#Claims it seems ...



The expression is working and doing it's job. the empty vallue needs addressing hence I'd try this.


Thanks, Alan

Thanks, tried the updated expression and get a new error.


Unable to process template language expressions for action 'Condition' at line '1' and column '2541': 'The template language function 'formatDateTime' expects its first parameter to be of type string. The provided value is of type 'Null'. Please see for usage details.'.

I did also try removing the null/blank fields in CalibrationDue, but still get the error.


Unable to process template language expressions for action 'Condition' at line '1' and column '2541': 'The template language expression 'equals(formatDateTime(body('Get_items')['Calibration_x0020_Due'], 'yyyy-MM-dd'), formatDateTime(utcNow(), 'yyyy-MM-dd'))' cannot be evaluated because property 'Calibration_x0020_Due' doesn't exist, available properties are '@odata.nextLink, value'. Please see for usage details.'.

Even though it clearly does exist and is referenced in the output of get items.

I'm beginning to think it just doesnt work on a calculated column, which is really unhelpful. I set up one of the standard reminder flows and ran it. Low and behold the following error.


  "status": 400,
  "message": "The field 'cdue' of type 'Calculated' cannot be used in the query filter expression.\r\nclientRequestId: d024b19e-de17-4cb7-a73f-5b1d9872c703\r\nserviceRequestId: 3a2cc59e-304a-8000-a457-2945895bf722"

Changing the column to standard date format and it works. 

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