I am trying to get a user's information off of SharePoint. I can see the user's information through the UI when I click their name. I can add them to groups and sites freely. But no matter what I try, I cannot get the user's information through code.

Below is a portion of my code that cannot find the specific user. I can find any other user.

SPUser userInGroup=...; //This is the user
Microsoft.SharePoint.SPServiceContext context = Microsoft.SharePoint.SPServiceContext.GetContext(site);
Microsoft.Office.Server.UserProfiles.UserProfileManager profileManager = new Microsoft.Office.Server.UserProfiles.UserProfileManager(context);
Microsoft.Office.Server.UserProfiles.UserProfile profile = profileManager.GetUserProfile(userInGroup.LoginName);
foreach (var property in profile.Properties)
    Console.ForegroundColor = ConsoleColor.White;
    Console.Write("{0}", property.DisplayName, property.Name, profile[property.Name].Value);
    Console.ForegroundColor = ConsoleColor.Cyan;
    Console.Write("[{1}]", property.DisplayName, property.Name, profile[property.Name].Value);
    Console.ForegroundColor = ConsoleColor.White;
    Console.ForegroundColor = ConsoleColor.Green;
    Console.WriteLine("{2}", property.DisplayName, property.Name, profile[property.Name].Value);
Console.ForegroundColor = ConsoleColor.Magenta;

Am I pulling from AD or SP. It looks like I am pulling from SP, but if I go into User Profile Service Application in Central Admin and search for the user, I can't find anything.


1 Answer 1


To retrieve User Profile information in SharePoint 2010 you should have User Profile Service application configured and activated. Microsoft.Office.Server.UserProfiles.UserProfileManager dll need to reference needed.

SharePoint 2010 object model code to retrieve the data:

using (SPSite site = new SPSite("Site URL"))

SPServiceContext context = SPServiceContext.GetContext(site);

UserProfileManager upm = new UserProfileManager(context);

UserProfile profile = upm.GetUserProfile("Domail\\UserName");

String WorkEmail=profile[PropertyConstants.WorkEmail].Value.ToString();

String FirstName = profile[PropertyConstants.FirstName].Value.ToString();

String LastName = profile[PropertyConstants.LastName].Value.ToString();

  • If that is all I need, then how come the accounts I want can't be found? Jun 20, 2014 at 21:09
  • did you try my code and is that work?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Jun 20, 2014 at 21:13
  • Your code is the same as my code. Difference is you explicitly pull three properties whereas I pull every property. Jun 23, 2014 at 14:30

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