When reading an item's fields like this:


It reads all the fields. Is there a way to exclude the default Sitecore fields and get only the fields that a user has created.

For example, I have created a template with 2 fields - Title & Description.

for(Field field in item.Fields)


The above loop will run through all the fields of the item, but I want to get only the non-default fields.

This is for updating field values programmatically and the field IDs are not always known.

And there is a chance of updating the values of the Sitecore fields.

Is that possible.

  • What problem does this cause by reading all fields? Mar 28, 2020 at 19:23

2 Answers 2


I'll say this

  1. Users don't create fields, developers create fields
  2. Issuing a Field.ReadAll is absolutely terrible for performance. Make sure you only do this in a script, never ever in runtime code.

That said, what you probably want is this.

        var i = Sitecore.Context.Item;
        var ownFieldCollection = i.Template.OwnFields;

        foreach (var field in ownFieldCollection)
            string value = i.Fields[field.Key].Value;
            // or do whatever here

This will get you a the fields defined directly on the template of the item you are processing.

Alternatively if you really do want fields, inherited fields, and whatnot - this is how to get to them.

        var i = Sitecore.Context.Item;
        var templateFieldsCollection = i.Template.Fields;

        foreach (var field in templateFieldsCollection)
            if (!field.InnerItem.Paths.FullPath.StartsWith("/sitecore/templates/system", StringComparison.OrdinalIgnoreCase))
                string value = i.Fields[field.Key].Value;
                // or do whatever here

Either way, the cache defying .ReadAll fields call is avoided.

No solution should need code like this however.


I don't think you can skip reading all the fields that are part of the Standard Template, but you could filter them out.

Example: The following will get all fields on the Standard Template and remove from the list of fields on the Sample Item (and its base templates).

# Create a list of field names on the Standard Template. This will help us filter out extraneous fields.
$standardTemplate = Get-Item -Path "master:" -ID ([Sitecore.TemplateIDs]::StandardTemplate.ToString())
$standardTemplateTemplateItem = [Sitecore.Data.Items.TemplateItem]$standardTemplate
[string[]]$standardFields = $standardTemplateTemplateItem.OwnFields + $standardTemplateTemplateItem.Fields | Select-Object -ExpandProperty key -Unique

$sampleItemTemplate = Get-Item -Path "master:" -ID "{76036F5E-CBCE-46D1-AF0A-4143F9B557AA}"
$sampleItemTemplateTemplateItem = [Sitecore.Data.Items.TemplateItem]$sampleItemTemplate
[string[]]$sampleItemFields = $sampleItemTemplateTemplateItem.OwnFields + $sampleItemTemplateTemplateItem.Fields | Select-Object -ExpandProperty key -Unique

[Linq.Enumerable]::Except($sampleItemFields, $standardFields)

  • I'm doing it in C#. Yes, filtering them works for me. Read all the fields of Standard Template and filter them. Is that correct. Could you pls provide a littl emore explanation. Thank you.
    – sukesh
    Mar 28, 2020 at 19:36
  • Are you reading the fields of /sitecore/templates/System/Templates/Standard template or /sitecore/templates/System/Templates/Template
    – sukesh
    Mar 28, 2020 at 19:46
  • The ID used is for Standard Template and Sample Item Mar 28, 2020 at 19:55

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