I'm working on a project where I have a controller with a few endpoints which can be called from Sitecore and non-Sitecore sites. This works fine. Now I have to add a different endpoint that needs to read an item from the context database in order to return the requested data. My problem is that when I try to access the specified item I get an exception due to the database being null.

I know that the controller is not in the Sitecore context but I don't know how to solve/work around it.

Below you will find a short snippet of the controller.

public class TestApiController : Controller
    public TestApiController()
        // some stuff

    public async Task<string> SpecialAction(string data)
        string itemID = "{443FA245-623A-4EEF-B519-281A9C709B7C}";
        Item specialItem = Sitecore.Context.Database.GetItem(new Sitecore.Data.ID(itemID));
        if (specialItem.HasChildren)
            // logic
        return response;

1 Answer 1


Try to get database using Sitecore Configuration Factory and get the item from that database-

Sitecore.Data.Database masterDB = Sitecore.Configuration.Factory.GetDatabase("master");
masterDB.GetItem(new Sitecore.Data.ID(itemID))
  • Although this threw a could not find configuration node databases/database @id='master' error it got me thinking. If I call the endpoint from a Sitecore page it works fine but not from within my test or other applications which have no connection to Sitecore. But this is OK for now. Thanks for your help!
    – Flo
    Sep 2, 2020 at 6:10
  • are you testing this on CD? Then pass the database accordingly like web Sep 2, 2020 at 7:38

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