How can we get an immediate parent web of a subsite using JSOM ?

  • I am assuming you mean CSOM (Client Side Object Model). – Marek Sarad Mar 31 '16 at 18:09

Using your SP.Web object, you can get the parent information (SP.WebInformation). Using its ID, you can then, via the site collection, get the parent web object.

var context = new SP.ClientContext.get_current();        
var web = context.get_web();                       
var parentInfo = web.get_parentWeb();  
var parentWeb = context.get_site().openWebById(parentInfo.get_id());


context.executeQueryAsync(Function.createDelegate(this,onListDataSucceeded),Function.createDelegate(this, onListDataFailed)); 

function onListDataSucceeded(sender, args)

function onListDataFailed(sender, args)

Methods used:

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    Also worth mentioning: the WebInformation object returned from get_parentWeb is also useful in many ways if you don't need to do further manipulation to the web object; it gives you access to the parent web title, server relative url, id, etc. – John-M Mar 31 '16 at 19:14
  • And also - I would add another plus 1 for the link to the definitely typed API reference, I didn't know about that version and it's much nicer than the MSDN reference – John-M Mar 31 '16 at 19:21
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    Shouldn't you execute the query to get the id from the parentWeb before you use it, so one will need two calls. Other than that it looks good :) – Anders Aune Mar 31 '16 at 21:34
  • Anything for SharePoint 2010? Alternative to get_parentWeb()? – Varun Verma Jan 9 '18 at 11:56

An alternative to using the get_parentWeb is using the _spPageContextInfo object for urls and only needs one execute:

if(_spPageContextInfo.siteServerRelativeUrl != _spPageContextInfo.webServerRelativeUrl) {

  var parentWebUrl = _spPageContextInfo.webServerRelativeUrl.split("/").slice(0,-1).join("/");
  var ctx = new SP.ClientContext(parentWebUrl);
  var web = ctx.get_web();
  ctx.load(web, "Title");
  ctx.executeQueryAsync(function() {
  }, function(sender, args) {
    console.log("Err: " + args.get_message());

Works in Office 365, tbh I'm not updated on the _spPageContextInfo object on prem, and what is available on it these days.

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Using REST API, it is very much easier to get parent web information. Just make a GET request to the following URL.


In response, you will get all information about parent as like following.

  "d": {
    "__metadata": {
      "id": "http://xxx.sharepoint.com/_api/Web/ParentWeb",
      "uri": "http://xxx.sharepoint.com/_api/Web/ParentWeb",
      "type": "SP.WebInformation"
    "Configuration": 0,
    "Created": "2016-01-04T10:59:47",
    "Description": "Parent site description",
    "Id": "495add3e-4b0c-485c-941b-d28130ef18c8",
    "Language": 1033,
    "LastItemModifiedDate": "2016-03-31T13:13:50Z",
    "ServerRelativeUrl": "/sites/parentSite",
    "Title": "Parent Site Title",
    "WebTemplate": "STS",
    "WebTemplateId": 0

Example Using pure JavaScript

function getParentWeb() {
    var xmlhttp = new XMLHttpRequest();

    xmlhttp.open("GET", _spPageContextInfo.webAbsoluteUrl + '/_api/Web/ParentWeb');

    xmlhttp.setRequestHeader("Accept", "application/json;odata=verbose");

    xmlhttp.onreadystatechange = function() {
        if (xmlhttp.readyState == XMLHttpRequest.DONE) {
            if (xmlhttp.status == 200) {

                var response = JSON.parse(xmlhttp.responseText);
                var parentWeb = response.d;
                console.log(parentWeb); // parent web is here.

            } else {
                alert('Error: ' + xmlhttp.statusText)


Example using jQuery

function getParentWeb() {
        url: _spPageContextInfo.webAbsoluteUrl + '/_api/Web/ParentWeb',
        type: "GET",
        headers: {
            "accept": "application/json;odata=verbose",
        success: function(data) {
            var parentWeb = response.d;
            console.log(parentWeb); // parent web is here.
        error: function(error) {
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You can also directly use the _spPageContextInfo.siteAbsoluteUrl property to get the url of the root web in the site collection.

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