With SPServices I'm getting information from a list A that information contains in one of its columns a people field.

In the form B I need to copy that person coming from the list A in one of the columns that B has that is a people field too.

How could I do that? The format of the information I'm getting form SPServices looks like:

4#;Coello Yngrid

Can I set a people field with that information? Cleaning that field I can get the name of the person.

2 Answers 2


I have used the following javascript to set people pickers on new/edit forms in SP2013:

First you need to get the loginName for the user, you could extract the ID from the value you got and use it to get the loginName through a REST query:

var requestUri = _spPageContextInfo.webAbsoluteUrl + "/_api/web/getuserbyid(" + userid + ")";
  url : requestUri,
  contentType : "application/json;odata=verbose",
  headers : requestHeaders,
  success : onSuccess,
  error : onError});

Using the property LoginName returned by the REST query the people picker can be set using the following code (assuming jQuery is available):

var loginName = "i:0#.w|contoso\\johannes"; // Assume this is the returned value from the rest query 
var form = jQuery("table[class='ms-formtable']"); // get the form element
var userField = form.find("input[id$='ClientPeoplePicker_EditorInput']").get(0) // find the people picker element, assuming you dont have multiple people pickers on the form 
var peoplepicker = SPClientPeoplePicker.PickerObjectFromSubElement(userField) // Use SPClientPeoplePicker to get the actual picker object
peoplepicker.AddUserKeys(loginName); // finally set the loginName as the people picker value, this also triggers a validation.
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    Thank you! It worked. Just a comment: If you have multiple people picker elements you can find your people picker using the Title in your element input[id$='ClientPeoplePicker_EditorInput']
    – yngrdyn
    Apr 16, 2015 at 13:18
  • This is the cleanest and simplest solution I've seen. Thanks!
    – Dinerdo
    Sep 22, 2017 at 16:50

Take a look at this link


And use following code to set picker value

siteContactPeoplePicker = $().findPeoplePicker({
    peoplePickerDisplayName: "Site Contact",
    valueToSet: $().SPServices.SPGetCurrentUser()
  • Thank you, you pointed me into the right direction. The code in the post didn't work for me though
    – yngrdyn
    Apr 16, 2015 at 13:17
  • @yngrdyn Ok. on a side note in 2013 we Have REST API. So you don't need SPServices. I would suggest you follow in that line. Apr 16, 2015 at 13:27

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