Can anyone shade a light on how to use a Simple Query to request only the required fields of an asset with REST API. According to the documentation we need to include $fields element in the querystring with a value

Comma delimited string of asset properties used to reduce the size of your results to only the properties you need.

I have tried this


but it does not eliminate the other fields.

The same problem exists in advanced query (check the request JSON below). The fields object is completely ignored.

    "page": {
        "page": 1,
        "pageSize": 50
    "query": {
        "property": "sssetType.id",
        "simpleOperator": "equal",
        "value": 23
    "fields": ["id",
    "sort": [{
        "property": "name",
        "direction": "ASC"
        "property": "modifiedDate",
        "direction": "DESC"

Any help would be appreciated.

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Great question. I can't seem to get this to work either (I don't think you need quotation marks in your parameter values). Also you should not need to use a Simple Query if you want to return all assets.

I note that if I include a $fields parameter, it does return fewer name/value pairs then if I omit this parameter, but it does not appear to limit to the fields that you specify. Looks like this is a bug.

It looks like you will need to parse the response payload and then use the name/value pairs that you need.

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    Thanks Eliot, I have tried with quotation marks and without them, it dose not work. I have never had so many problems with API than with Marketing Cloud. So many things do not work, I hope their developers are monitoring this forums for reported bugs.
    – A.G.
    Jun 5, 2017 at 16:08

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