Is there an easy way to retrieve item approval status (moderationStatus) inside the edit form? During display of edit form I need to know wheather the currently edited item was approved or not. I see that the information is not reflected in a hidden column or else. I have the following ideas:

  • Custom flag column that indicates if the item was approved.
  • Get the current item via js rest call and check OData__ModerationStatus.

I just want to know if there is an easier way to get the moderationStatus of the item I am editing.

Thank you!


Since Content Approval status is stored in List Item (_ModerationStatus) I would recommend to leverage any client APIs (JSOM, REST or SOAP) for that purpose.

How to retrieve content approval status using client APIs


function getListItemModerationInfo(listId,itemId,success,error)
   var ctx = SP.ClientContext.get_current();
   var web = ctx.get_web();
   var list = web.get_lists().getById(listId);
   var item = list.getItemById(itemId);

      function() {
          var moderationInfo = {};  
          moderationInfo.Status = item.get_item('_ModerationStatus');
          moderationInfo.Comments = item.get_item('_ModerationComments');

Usage: how to retrieve content approval status of list item in edit form

var listId = _spPageContextInfo.pageListId; //current List Id
var itemId = parseInt(GetUrlKeyValue('ID')); //current Item Id



Endpoint: /_api/web/lists/getById('<guid>')/items(<id>)?$expand=FieldValuesAsHtml

function getListItemDetails(webUrl,listId,itemId)
    var url = webUrl + "/_api/web/lists/getById('" + listId + "')/items(" + itemId + ")?$expand=FieldValuesAsHtml";
    return $.ajax({
        url: url,
        method: "GET",
        contentType: "application/json;odata=verbose",
        headers: {
           "Accept": "application/json;odata=verbose"


var listId = _spPageContextInfo.pageListId;
var itemId = parseInt(GetUrlKeyValue('ID'));
    var moderationStatusName = data.d.FieldValuesAsHtml['OData__x005f_ModerationStatus'];
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    Probably the best solution and the correct one :) But couldn't you check the property of WPQ2FormCtx.ListData._UIVersionString , where approved would be 1.0, 2.0 etc? – Anders Aune Dec 15 '14 at 22:47
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    Wow, thank you very much. This is a full featured answer! I've also used a REST call to get the modStat to get this information. So your answer tells me I'm not doing wrong. – Worn Dec 16 '14 at 8:22
  • Great, glad it helped you :) – Vadim Gremyachev Dec 16 '14 at 12:14
  • Anders, thanks! That's an interesting idea to utilize that property, will check it also.. – Vadim Gremyachev Dec 16 '14 at 12:17

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