I have created a field of type Person or Group with "show field picture only". When I look at the result I get back from the _api/web URL what I see is this as the field name:

<d:OData__x0061_wo9Id m:type="Edm.Int32">25</d:OData__x0061_wo9Id> 

I need to get the right properties like username,accontname etc..out and I think need to build this url below:


to be able to get each users picture.

Thanks in advance

  • What is your end goal? The link to the picture, or the user's profile info?
    – wjervis
    Oct 6, 2014 at 13:26

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For User field types you could specify $expand query option to return projected fields. In case of User fields the additional properties will be retrieved from User Information List.

Assume Approver is a single-valued User field. Then the following REST request will return Approver field properties such as Id,Name,Title:

/_api/Web/Lists/getByTitle('<list title>')/items?$select=Approver/Id,Approver/Name,Approver/Title&$expand=Approver

How to retrieve User Picture using SharePoint REST

Since User Information List contains Picture field, the following query demonstrates how to retrieve Picture for a specific user:

/_api/Web/Lists/getByTitle('User Information List')/items?$filter=Id eq <user id>&$select=Picture

where <user id> is the id of User

Note: The returned value is of SP.FieldUrlValue type:

   Url: '<url>',
   Description: '<description>'


Use OData query operations in SharePoint REST requests

  • Thanks for the query Vadim.But i can i just get the link to the picture
    – naijacoder
    Oct 7, 2014 at 11:25
  • The answer has been updated, see the section: How to retrieve User Picture using SharePoint REST Oct 8, 2014 at 7:10
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    The problem with this is the User Information List can only be queried via REST if the currently logged in user has admin access to the site. Is there a way to get the photo URL of any user without the user needing admin access?
    – Submits
    Aug 25, 2016 at 8:31
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    To have this work with different language packs, better use /_api/Web/SiteUserInfoList/Items?$filter=Id eq <user id>, because the Title of this list varies between language packs. Also this should solve @Submits access troubles.
    – Hinek
    Mar 29, 2017 at 7:11

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