Is there any option in ShaerPoint Designer 2013 workflow to access Active Directory "Manager" field?

So that we can get the manager of a user specified in particular field.

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    user profiles is your friend. If you have manager mapped from AD to your SharePoint online then there is no need to try going to Ad for the info...
    – Cherubel
    Oct 1, 2015 at 12:04
  • Can you post an example?
    – soccer7
    Oct 21, 2015 at 17:53

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You're using SharePoint 2013 - got it.

If your workflow is a SharePoint 2010 workflow you can simply use the Lookup Manager for User activity.

If your workflow is a SharePoint 2013 workflow you will need to use the Call HTTP Web Service activity, with the following end point URL:

http://your-sharepoint-site/_api/SP.UserProfiles.PeopleManager/GetPropertiesFor(accountName=@v)?@v=[%Workflow Context:Initiator%]

You can find full details here.

  • "Lookup Manager for User" activity? How random is that!
    – Nacht
    Apr 19, 2017 at 4:41

I have posted a detailed instructions for getting the current user and the user's manager in SharePoint Online. I have also added a link for the JS and custom form for download. Get Current Logged in User & Manager using REST API in SharePoint Online


 var url=_spPageContextInfo.webAbsoluteUrl + "/_api/SP.UserProfiles.PeopleManager/GetMyProperties"
  • Please include the relavent code pieces from your article that answer this question. Oct 13, 2016 at 13:47
  • Thanks for pointing about the forum rules. I have updated it.
    – Maruthu
    Oct 17, 2016 at 20:58

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