I need to display the Creator of the SarePoint List in a Project using REST api. When I use


I get a response but , I don't find the Created By Field. How do I know who has created the List. Here is my Response:

"AllowContentTypes": true,
"BaseTemplate": 100,
"BaseType": 0,
"ContentTypesEnabled": false,
"CrawlNonDefaultViews": false,
"Created": "2014-12-03T06:58:18Z",
"DefaultContentApprovalWorkflowId": "00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000",
"Description": "",
"Direction": "none",
"DocumentTemplateUrl": null,
"DraftVersionVisibility": 0,
"EnableAttachments": true,
"EnableFolderCreation": false,
"EnableMinorVersions": false,
"EnableModeration": false,
"EnableVersioning": false,
"EntityTypeName": "EmployeeList",
"ForceCheckout": false,
"HasExternalDataSource": false,
"Hidden": false,
"Id": "13cdc8f4-7fed-42eb-9a38-08c30eec6a87",
"ImageUrl": "/_layouts/15/images/itgen.png?rev=38",
"IrmEnabled": false,
"IrmExpire": false,
"IrmReject": false,
"IsApplicationList": false,
"IsCatalog": false,
"IsPrivate": false,
"ItemCount": 2,
"LastItemDeletedDate": "2014-12-03T06:58:18Z",
"LastItemModifiedDate": "2015-01-21T05:54:31Z",
"ListItemEntityTypeFullName": "SP.Data.EmployeeListItem",
"MajorVersionLimit": 0,
"MajorWithMinorVersionsLimit": 0,
"MultipleDataList": false,
"NoCrawl": false,
"ParentWebUrl": "/",
"ParserDisabled": false,
"ServerTemplateCanCreateFolders": true,
"TemplateFeatureId": "00bfea71-de22-43b2-a848-c05709900100",
"Title": "Employee"



How to retrieve List Author property using SharePoint REST Interface

List resource does not expose Author property, but you could retrieve it from List Schema as demonstrated below (*).

  • First step is to retrieve List Schema: /_api/web/lists/getbytitle('list title')?$select=schemaXml
  • Then you could extract Author Id from SchemaXml property

(*) List SchemaXml property stores Author ID property


function getListAuthor(webUrl,listTitle)
    var endpointUrl = webUrl + "/_api/web/lists/getbytitle('" + listTitle + "')?$select=schemaXml";
    return executeRequest(endpointUrl,'GET').then(function(data){
             var listProperties = schemaXml2Json(data.d.SchemaXml);
             return parseInt(listProperties.Author);

//Usage: Retrieve List Author Id
    console.log('List Author Id: ' + authorId);


If List Author Id property is not enough and you would like to retrieve Author user, then you could utilize the following example:

var webUrl = _spPageContextInfo.webAbsoluteUrl;
         var listAuthor = data.d;


function executeRequest(url,method,headers,payload) 
    if (typeof headers == 'undefined'){
        headers = {};
    headers["Accept"] = "application/json;odata=verbose";
    if(method == "POST") {
        headers["X-RequestDigest"] = $("#__REQUESTDIGEST").val();

    var ajaxOptions = 
       url: url,   
       type: method,  
       contentType: "application/json;odata=verbose",
       headers: headers
    if(method == "POST") {
      ajaxOptions.data = JSON.stringify(payload);

    return $.ajax(ajaxOptions);

function schemaXml2Json(schemaXml)
    var jsonObject = {};
    var schemaXmlDoc = $.parseXML(schemaXml);
    $(schemaXmlDoc).find('List').each(function() {
      $.each(this.attributes, function(i, attr){
           jsonObject[attr.name] = attr.value;
    return jsonObject;

function getSiteUser(webUrl,userId){
    var endpointUrl = webUrl + "/_api/web/siteUsers/getById(" + userId +  ")";
    return executeRequest(endpointUrl,'GET');
  • That's right, only if you have items in your list, it's always safe to get the root folder of the list which exists by default in all cases.
    – user19105
    Jan 21 '15 at 7:51
  • I disagree, there is no need to get root folder at all Jan 21 '15 at 7:53
  • OK, what if there are not items yet in the list? :)
    – user19105
    Jan 21 '15 at 7:56
  • @VadimGremyachev: i need to know who has created the List and not the List item. Jan 21 '15 at 7:57
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    @VadimGremyachev, that is an amazing answer. I know these are the type of questions you like to answer. Another challenging question (at least for me :-)) here sharepoint.stackexchange.com/questions/128845/…, which hasn't got your attention yet. Jan 21 '15 at 11:23

That property is not exposed on the SharePoint Client API. You can get the 'Created' property but not the Author property. See SP.List Members here

  • Unfortunatelly this is incorrect statement Jan 21 '15 at 7:56
  • I believe the question is talking about 'Created By' or 'Author' of the SharePoint list not the items in the list and as per the documentation I do not see that property being available on the Client Api. Let me know otherwise.
    – sssreddy
    Jan 21 '15 at 8:00
  • Hi sssreddy, yes it's not available on the SPList object itself, but you can get this author from other locations, like AllItems.aspx view for example.
    – user19105
    Jan 21 '15 at 8:03
  • I guess you are right. I was able to pull author info from allitems.aspx which should technically be same as creator of the list.
    – sssreddy
    Jan 21 '15 at 8:13
  • @sssreddy, my mistake,I was assuming the OP wants to retrieve CreatedBy for List Item. You're right, List resource does not expose Author property. Jan 21 '15 at 11:45

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