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I'd like to have access to sharepoint's query string from inside of my app. Since the app is hosted in an iframe, I tried just using window.top.location.search, but that gives me an error since the URL is different for my iframe vs. the parent window.

Is there a way I can see the query string of the SP url inside of my app? If not, how can I pass dynamic data easily to my app through a link, like I could with a query string parameter?

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Did you get this resolved? I am wondering how to achieve the exact same thing. –  Graham May 30 '13 at 1:09
I ended up changing how the site was hosted to be a subdomain of the SP site, and did some document.domain manipulation to get around the error. Let me know if you need more information than that and I can post a full answer for you. –  Colin DeClue May 30 '13 at 14:01
How did this work with the app part? document.domain would be the app's URL. –  EHorodyski Jul 5 '13 at 13:47
Correct, but I knew that document.domain would be app.[domain] while the host was [domain]. Basically, it was a provider hosted app and I had control over the domain names. If it's an auto-hosted app, this method won't work, and I'm not sure what to do. –  Colin DeClue Jul 9 '13 at 16:37
did you find the resolution for this problem? –  user18939 Aug 14 '13 at 21:24
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The long and the short of it is, you really can't pass parameters to your app part via a query string. The app part is raised by way of a "redirect.aspx" page which gets rid of any query string params you might send it. Instead, it looks like what you need to do is utilize HTML5 to send a postMessage to the app page. More on how to do this here:


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document.referrer should get you the URL for the page the iFrame is in including the querystring.

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This doesn't work, because it gives an intermediate URL that redirects to the page inside the iframe. It's giving me http://spurl/_layouts/15/appredirect.aspx?redirect_uri= and then some encoded stuff at the end. –  Colin DeClue Apr 11 '13 at 13:33
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Did you try using window.parent?


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If we use window.parent it your sharepoint hosted app, it will give you "Access Denied" error. –  Mihir Jul 17 at 5:30
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Script to get the current page URL/pass the query string from the **SharePoint hosted apps**

var currentPageURL = (window.location != window.parent.location) ? document.referrer : document.location;

Script to get the current page URL/pass the query string from the **Provider hosted app you can use PostMessage API concept**

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There's another answer that suggested this same thing. I left a comment on that talking about why that didn't work. –  Colin DeClue Mar 24 at 19:03
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