I am randomly facing below error while checking out the component in SDL Tridion 2013.

Error - It is not possible to check-out a shared item

Stack Trace - at Tridion.ContentManager.ContentManagement.VersionedItem.OnCheckingOut(CheckOutEventArgs eventArgs) at Tridion.ContentManager.ContentManagement.VersionedItem.CheckOut(LockType lockType, Boolean completeTransactionOnFailure) at Tridion.ContentManager.ContentManagement.VersionedItem.CheckOut(Boolean permanentLock) at RREvent_System.MainClass.ProcessCaseStudyPageForPublish(Page page, TcmUri pubTargUri) in e:\EventSystem\MainClass.cs:line 627

I have written code like below.

 //component is type of Component
 if (component.IsCheckedOut)


 //Code to update component fiedls


Pls help.


2 Answers 2


You are trying to checkout an item which is a shared.

To overcome this, you need to check an item is shared then localize and checkout an item.

  • 4
    Or edit the component from the "Owning" Publication instead, if you don't want to localize it.
    – Nuno Linhares
    Mar 13, 2014 at 12:55

You are probably trying to check out a component that is blueprinted from a higher publication. You should check to see if its shared before checking it out:

if (component.IsShared)
   //either ignore, or check the component out in the owning publication (component.OwningRepository)

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