I am stuck getting the name of the Author/editor.

I am overwriting the templates.item:

var overrideCtx = {};
overrideCtx.Templates = {};
overrideCtx.Templates.Item = newView.customItem;


In the customItem i am looping over the items and itemfields. This works oke, but not for the Author. The value for Author returns 1, instead of a name I was hoping for:

var newView = newView || {};
newView.customItem = function(ctx) {

var rows = ctx.ListData.Row;
    for (var i=0;i<rows.length;i++)  {

        var Html = "<tr class='itemRow'><td>";

        var fields = ctx.ListSchema.Field.length;
        for (var i=0;i<fields;i++)  {

            var thisFieldLabel = ctx.ListSchema.Field[i].DisplayName;
            var thisFieldName = ctx.ListSchema.Field[i].RealFieldName;
            var thisFieldNameValue = checkStatusKpi(ctx.CurrentItem[thisFieldName]);

            Html += "<tr class = 'fieldRow'>";
            Html += "<td class = 'fieldLabel'>" + thisFieldLabel + "</td>";
            Html += "<td class = 'fieldValue'>" + thisFieldNameValue + "</td>";
            Html += "</tr>";
        Html += "</td></tr>";
    return Html;

I did read and try posts without any luck:

  1. JSLink: Userfields (Author, Editor, ...) only provide userId not username and
  2. Create Edit Control Block (ECB) on View with JSLink

Trying to console.log without any luck:

console.log("Created by: " + ctx.CurrentItem["Author"][0].title); // value = undefined
console.log("Created by: " + ctx.CurrentItem["Author"]); // value = 1

Can anyone help me out with this, many thnx!

3 Answers 3


Make sure the author/editor field is displayed in the list view. Sometimes you might have to edit the web part and apply your view again after making changes to the view.

  • Thank you both. Editing the webpart didnt do it, but rebuilding the JS link did give me the object of the "Author" finally.
    – Yariev
    Commented Jan 18, 2016 at 14:17
  • The only code I removed was the looping over the rows. This was a overkill as I was editing "overrideCtx.Templates.Item". It didnt solve my problem, I think it must have been a caching issue. At least now I can check (in my case on checkStatusKpi) for an object and get the correct value of it as well: if (typeof currentValue === 'object') { currentValue = currentValue[0].title; }
    – Yariev
    Commented Jan 18, 2016 at 14:39

You need to use


You could also use


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