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SPWeb.ListTemplates doesn’t include custom list templates

December 10, 2010

You have a list template stp file uploaded in the List Template Gallery and you want to access it by code. The first idea is probably to check the ListTemplates property of your SPWeb but this will not contain your custom list template even if the documentation suggests it does.:

Gets the collection of all list definitions and list templates that are available for creating lists on the Web site.

If you give it a try you will get only the OOB list definitions:

foreach (SPListTemplate lt in site.RootWeb.ListTemplates)
  System.Diagnostics.Trace.Write(lt.Name);

Document Library
Form Library 
Wiki Page Library 
Picture Library 
Links 
Announcements 
Contacts 
Calendar 
Discussion Board 
Tasks 
Project Tasks 
Issue 
Tracking 
Custom List 
Custom List in Datasheet View 
Survey 
Workflow History 
Site Membership Review List 
Custom Workflow Process 
No Code Workflows 
DataSources

What you need to do is to call the GetCustomListTemplates() method of the SPSite


SPListTemplateCollection listTemplates = site.GetCustomListTemplates(site.RootWeb);

 That will give you the list templates that are uploaded in your List Template Gallery.

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