Sample Code to bulk update the record using ExecuteMultiple in Dynamics 365

Sharing a sample code that can be used ExecuteMultiple to bulk update the records.

private void MyForm_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)

var orgProxy = GetOrgProxy();

// place your fetch xml code to retrieve the records to be updated
var fetchXML = @"FetchXMLQuery";

var multipleRequest = new ExecuteMultipleRequest()
// Assign settings that define execution behavior: continue on error, return responses.
Settings = new ExecuteMultipleSettings()
ContinueOnError = true,
ReturnResponses = true
// Create an empty organization request collection.
Requests = new OrganizationRequestCollection()

// get all the records > 5000
var totalRecords = GetTotalRecordsFetchXML(orgProxy, fetchXML);

// split the lst of entity to child list
// specify the size of the batch i.e. 500 here
var lstlstEntity = SplitList(totalRecords, 500);

// loop through each of the list and create the request and add it to Execute Multiple Request
foreach(var lstEntity in lstlstEntity)
foreach (var entity in lstEntity)
UpdateRequest createRequest = new UpdateRequest { Target = entity };
// add the field to be updated
entity.Attributes["sab_referencenumber"] = "1000";

ExecuteMultipleResponse multipleResponse = (ExecuteMultipleResponse)orgProxy.Execute(multipleRequest);

/// <summary>
/// Function to split the list into child list
/// </summary>
/// <param name="locations"></param>
/// <param name="nSize"></param>
/// <returns></returns>
public static List<List<Entity>> SplitList(List<Entity> locations, int nSize = 30)
var list = new List<List<Entity>>();
for (int i = 0; i < locations.Count; i += nSize)
list.Add(locations.GetRange(i, Math.Min(nSize, locations.Count - i)));
return list;


private static List<Entity> GetTotalRecordsFetchXML(OrganizationServiceProxy orgProxy, string fetchXML)
XDocument xDocument = XDocument.Parse(fetchXML);
var fetchXmlEntity = xDocument.Root.Element("entity").ToString();

EntityCollection entityColl = new EntityCollection();
List<Entity> lstEntity = new List<Entity>();
int page = 1;
entityColl = orgProxy.RetrieveMultiple(new FetchExpression(
string.Format("<fetch version='1.0' page='{1}' paging-cookie='{0}'>" + fetchXmlEntity + "</fetch>",
SecurityElement.Escape(entityColl.PagingCookie), page++)));

while (entityColl.MoreRecords);

return lstEntity;


// Get service instance
public static OrganizationServiceProxy GetOrgProxy()
IServiceManagement<IOrganizationService> orgServiceManagement =
ServiceConfigurationFactory.CreateManagement<IOrganizationService>(new Uri(""));

AuthenticationCredentials authCredentials = new AuthenticationCredentials();
authCredentials.ClientCredentials.UserName.UserName = "username";
authCredentials.ClientCredentials.UserName.Password = "password";
AuthenticationCredentials tokenCredentials = orgServiceManagement.Authenticate(authCredentials);

return new OrganizationServiceProxy(orgServiceManagement, tokenCredentials.SecurityTokenResponse);


Hope it helps..


Author: Nishant Rana

I love working in and sharing everything about Microsoft.NET technology !

7 thoughts on “Sample Code to bulk update the record using ExecuteMultiple in Dynamics 365”

  1. Hi Nishant,
    I have been trying ExecuteMultiple for a while. Its been working for updating, deleting records but its now working for Create operation. Any idea what should be the issue..? I am using Online Dynamics 365 V9 and getting SQL server Time Out Error each time.

    Thanks for your time.


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