I'm having trouble getting the value of a look up field after a list item is submitted.

The XML for the look up field looks like this:

<Elements xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/sharepoint/"> <Field ID="{6C798145-A205-4FC4-8175-837B0F7744CC}" Type="Lookup" SourceID="http://schemas.microsoft.com/sharepoint/v3" DisplayName="Work Project" Required="True" List="Lists/USNITWorkManagementProjectList" ShowField="ProjectName" UnlimitedLengthInDocumentLibrary="TRUE" Group="USNITWorkManagement" Name="WorkProject" /> </Elements>

Both of these return null:



I'm new to this, so I'm sure I'm doing something simple wrong. Any help is appreciated!

1 Answer 1


Since the fields are lookup types, use SPFieldLookupValue to get the value in the fields:

SPFieldLookupValue workProject = properties.AfterProperties["WorkProject"] as SPFieldLookupValue;
var workProjectValue = workProject.LookupValue
  • Thanks for the response, but I'm still getting a null error on workProject.LookupValue. I tried "WorkProject" and the look up name "ProjectName", same result for both. Any ideas? Thanks again!
    – Lin M
    Commented Mar 6, 2015 at 14:47
  • Check if the field contains any value using convert.tostring. Moreover, you need to use the internal name of the lookup field which is WorkProject Commented Mar 6, 2015 at 15:21
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    A value of a lookupfield in before/afterproperties is just a string. Only when you have the listitem you will get SPField like types. Commented Jun 8, 2017 at 13:41

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