Retrieving SP user info using Client Object Model

Recently I built a visual web part to show current user’s information (Picture, Name, etc). Instead of using SharePoint server object model, this time I choose to use client OM. First I need to get the id of the logged-in user, which can be retrieved from _spPageContextInfo.userId (Ted Pattison has posted an excellent article explaining this variable). Next step is to get the client context.

var context = new SP.ClientContext.get_current();
    var web = context.get_web();

    var userInfoList = web.get_siteUserInfoList();

    var camlQuery = new SP.CamlQuery();
    camlQuery.set_viewXml('<View><Query><Where><Eq><FieldRef Name=\'ID\' />' +
                                '<Value Type=\'Number\'>' + userId + '</Value></Eq>' +

    this.userListItem = userInfoList.getItems(camlQuery);


            Function.createDelegate(this, onSucceeded),
            Function.createDelegate(this, onFailed));

The onSucceeded function is called when the query runs successfully, otherwise the onFailed function will be executed.

function onSuceeded(sender, eventArgs)
        var item = this.userListItem.itemAt(0);
        var name = item.get_item('Name');
        var userName = "Name";

        if (name) {
            userName = name;


One last thing to remember is to run the code after SP.js is loaded

SP.SOD.executeOrDelayUntilScriptLoaded(LoadUserInfo, 'SP.js');

5 Responses to Retrieving SP user info using Client Object Model

  1. Anatoly Mironov says:

    Nice post. I have done this like this, until I found another js function from SharePoint API: web.get_currentUser. There you don’t need any caml queries anymore.

    var ctx = new SP.ClientContext.get_current();
    var web = ctx.get_web();
    var user = web.get_currentUser();
    ctx.executeQueryAsync(/* put your callbacks here*/);
  2. Clem says:

    The difference here is that Anatoly’s code gets only the current user. The original example can be supplied with ANY user to get there name. Is that correct?

    • akurniaga says:

      If you’re interested to get other users information then yes but if you want to quickly retrieving current user’s info then Anatoly’s code is a lot simpler.

  3. Clem says:

    Do you have an example of how to get the user info if you have a login id or name? This works great if you happen to know the number of the user. This isn’t available typically.

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