I am trying to retrieve managed metadata column (NewsCategory) value in SharePoint 2013 Document library using JSOM. I get "Object Object" rather than actual value.

I tried:-

var newsCat = item.get_item('NewsCategory');

alert(newsCat); //Displays [Object Object]

var newsCatLabel = newsCat.get_label();

var newsCatId = newsCat.get_termGuid();

But, I get the error "Object doesn't support property or method get_label()"

I also tried :-

   var newsTags = item.get_item(' NewsCategory ');

   for (var i = 0; i < newsTags.get_count() ; i++) {

   var newsTag = newsTags.getItemAtIndex(i);

   var newsTagLabel = newsTag.get_label();

   var newsTagId = newsTag.get_termGuid();


Even now I get the error "Object doesn't support property or method get_count()"

I have included " NewsCategory " in the load request:-

context.load(items, 'Include(File, NewsCategory)');

Any idea what the issue is? Do I have to add any *.js file using $.getScript?

I added following .js files

 var scriptbase = _spPageContextInfo.webServerRelativeUrl + "/_layouts/15/";

$.getScript(scriptbase + "SP.Runtime.js", function () {

    $.getScript(scriptbase + "SP.js", function () {

        $.getScript(scriptbase + "SP.Core.js", function () {


Thanks in advance


It depends whether managed metadata column is a single-valued (SP.Taxonomy.TaxonomyFieldValue) or multi-valued (SP.Taxonomy.TaxonomyFieldValueCollection)

It seems in your case the type of managed metadata column is SP.Taxonomy.TaxonomyFieldValueCollection.

The following example demonstrates how to determine managed metadata field type:

var newsTags = listItem.get_item('NewsCategory');
var fieldTypeName = newsTags.constructor.getName();

From another hand, I guess there is a typo in your example at line:

var newsTags = item.get_item(' NewsCategory '); //why extra space in field name?

Try to replace it with this one:

var newsTags = listItem.get_item('NewsCategory');
for (var i = 0; i < newsTags.get_count() ; i++) {
    var newsTag = newsTags.getItemAtIndex(i);
    var newsTagLabel = newsTag.get_label();
    var newsTagId = newsTag.get_termGuid();
  • Actually space was induced when editing the Script. I face the same issue without space. – user117048 May 20 '14 at 20:32
  • Could you please place the line: console.log(newsTags.constructor.getName()); after the line: var newsTags = item.get_item(' NewsCategory '); to print the type of the managed metadata field – Vadim Gremyachev May 20 '14 at 21:02
  • The type "newsTags.Constructor.getName()" prints the type as string. – user117048 May 21 '14 at 23:40
  • Thanks "Vadim" for your reply. The issue got resolved. I was using the wrong "listItem" object. – user117048 May 21 '14 at 23:51
  • any advice how to do it by C#? – user31624 Jul 16 '14 at 20:47

Step 1: Get the Term Set ID-->

  • Go to Central Administration > Manage service applications under Application Management > Managed Metadata Service
  • Get the following field details: Central Admin URL, Term Store Name, Group Name, Term Set Name enter image description here
  • Open the SharePoint Powershell using Run as Administrator
  • Execute the following Script:
$taxonomySession = Get-SPTaxonomySession -Site ""
$termStore = $taxonomySession.TermStores[""]
$group = $termStore.Groups[""]
$termSet = $group.TermSets[""]
  • Get the Id. This is the TermSetID enter image description here Step 2: Fetch the Terms using JavaScript-->
  • Go to your Site and in the Site Assets upload jquery-1.11.1.min.js and Script.js. Script.js will contain following code:

var context;
//Term Store Name
var TermStoreName = 'Managed Metadata Service';
//Term Set ID
var PublicationId = '6dc72cb0-9ea2-4dbd-8559-1a3b555b2ca8';
//Array of Terms
var PublicationTerms = [];

function TermObject(termId,termName){
    var self = this;
    self.TermId = termId;
    self.TermName = termName;

$(document).ready(function () {
    context = SP.ClientContext.get_current();
    var taxSession = SP.Taxonomy.TaxonomySession.getTaxonomySession(context);
    var termStores = taxSession.get_termStores();
    var termStore = termStores.getByName(TermStoreName);
    var currentTermSet = termStore.getTermSet(PublicationId);
    function () {
        var terms = currentTermSet.get_terms();
        function () {
            var termsEnum = terms.getEnumerator();
            while (termsEnum.moveNext()) {
                var currentTerm = termsEnum.get_current();
                //Get the Term ID
                var termid = currentTerm.get_id();
                //Get the Term Name
                var termname = currentTerm.get_name();
                PublicationTerms.push(new TermObject(termid,termname));
        function (sender, args) {
    function (sender, args) {

  • Come to the page where you need to fetch the terms. Refer the following files
/_layouts/15/SP.Runtime.js" type="text/javascript">
/_layouts/15/SP.js" type="text/javascript">
/_layouts/15/SP.Taxonomy.js" type="text/javascript">
/SiteAssets/jquerygoo-1.11.1.min.js" type="text/javascript">
/SiteAssets/Script.js" type="text/javascript">
  • Save the Page and check the result: enter image description here enter image description here

Best of Luck!!

  • Ranjan's Method worked for me.. but it gives me all Terms stored in my taxonomy term store group... I am customizing a document set docsethomepage.aspx and I need to get the metadata term of the displayed document set... How can I archieve this?? – Félipé Apr 20 '18 at 9:24

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