I am trying to get current user profile information using the PeopleManager object ( SP.UserProfiles.js ) in a SharePoint hosted app. Code snippet is like below :

var peopleManager = new SP.UserProfiles.PeopleManager(clientContext);
var userProperties = peopleManager.getMyProperties();

But, the peopleManager.getMyProperties() call gives an error "undefined is not a function"

The SP.UserProfiles.js is loaded correctly.

Whole Code:

        var clientContext = new SP.ClientContext.get_current();

        var peopleManager = new SP.UserProfiles.PeopleManager(clientContext);

        // error occurs at this line
        var userProfileProperties = peopleManager.getMyProperties();            

            function() {
                // do nothing   
                // do nothing

The error occurs even before calling


So, it looks like the issue might not be while loading the object by client context.

How can I resolve this issue?

  • As Brandon stated in his answer, we need more context. How are you creating clientContext? Is this a SharePoint Hosted app? If so, you need to use the SP.RequestExecutor.js library.
    – wjervis
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 14:13
  • Yes, the app is a SharePoint hosted app. I am getting the client context using SP.ClientContext.get_current(). I suppose the this is getting loaded currectly. Because I tried loading get_currentUser(). And I am able to get email, loginName etc.
    – Bishnu Das
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 16:07

4 Answers 4


Besides that, you also need reference to SP.UserProfiles.js for this code to work (in case you have not already added it)

Check this link for a very good article on this subject .

Update: Working code

    var context = SP.ClientContext.get_current();
    var peopleManager = new SP.UserProfiles.PeopleManager(context);
    userProfileProperties = peopleManager.getMyProperties();
    context.executeQueryAsync(success, fail);
  • I've followed this article. Still no success
    – Bishnu Das
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 16:20
  • Have you given read permission to user profile in appmanifest.xml?
    – Garima
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 17:24
  • have added a working code..
    – Garima
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 17:58
  • I've now given read permission to User Profile( Social ). It seems working now. But at the permission page it says "Sorry, only tenant administrators can add or give access to this app.". Do you believe this will not raise any issue?
    – Bishnu Das
    Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 5:33
  • This is by default nature of SP. For some of the services (like user profile) only tenant admin can give permission to the app (Click Trust It). There is no other way.
    – Garima
    Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 6:14

The problem is that because you're in a SharePoint Hosted app, you're in a separate domain than SharePoint. Since the user profiles belong to the SharePoint host domain, and not the app domain, getting user profiles from the current context will return nothing. In order to get them, you need the cross-domain library: SP.RequestExecutor.js.

Now, I've not used the cross-domain library with the user profiles, so I'm not 100% sure this will work, but try changing your code to the following:

var context = new SP.ClientContext(appweburl);
var factory = new SP.ProxyWebRequestExecutorFactory(appweburl);
appContextSite = new SP.AppContextSite(context, hostweburl);

var peopleManager = new SP.UserProfiles.PeopleManager(appContextSite);
var userProfileProperties = peopleManager.getMyProperties();

  • You don't need SP.RequestExecutor.js for this.
    – Garima
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 17:49
  • What should appweburl and hostweburl be?
    – Emaborsa
    Commented May 17, 2017 at 7:11

Most likely, it is the how you are getting clientContext in this case. If the client context isn't loaded correctly first, then peopleManager will be undefined. Here is a link that most likely will address your issue:

SP.ClientContext.get_current() returning undefined objects

Beyond this, I cannot provide more information unless I see the whole code.

  • I've added the detailed code
    – Bishnu Das
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 16:17

Ensure that SP.UserProfile.js is loaded before you run your code.

      SP.SOD.executeOrDelayUntilScriptLoaded(loadUserData, 'SP.UserProfiles.js');   

  function loadUserData() {
    var peopleManager = new SP.UserProfiles.PeopleManager(clientContext);
    var userProperties = peopleManager.getMyProperties();

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