I have a security group ADGroup in AD which has Member1 as its member, now i created a SharePoint group named SPGroup and added AD group ADGroup in it.

If i check permission for Member1 then i see permissions given through SPGroup.

But if i am using REST API


then i dont get anything, a empty array is returned.

How can i get SPGroup as result?


Instead of this please use the below service URL


Loop through this and get the Desired group names.

Hope This Helps!!

  • this api works only if users are directly added to Sharepoint group, if AD group is added to SP group then this request gives empty array of groups. – user2889674 May 12 '16 at 8:09

The following example demonstrates how to determine whether current users belongs to the specified groups:

    var groupNames = ['News Owners','Approvers'];
    //determine wether current user is a memeber of group(s) 
    var userGroups = data.d.Groups.results;
    var foundGroups = userGroups.filter(function(g){ return groupNames.indexOf(g.LoginName) > -1});


where getCurrentUserWithDetails function is used to get current user with groups:

function getCurrentUserWithDetails()
    var endpointUrl = _spPageContextInfo.webServerRelativeUrl + '/_api/web/currentuser/?$expand=groups';
    return $.ajax({
            url: endpointUrl,
            method: "GET",
            contentType: "application/json;odata=verbose",
            headers: {   
             "Accept": "application/json;odata=verbose"

Key points: more optimal from performance perspective since only a single request is submitted to the server

Updated :-

Please find one more approach to get your desired output in below mentioned link.

SharePoint 2013: Get current user group collection through Rest API

  • this works only if the user is added to sharepoint group directly, but if the user is added to a AD security group then that security group is added to sharepoint group then it doesnt work. the result from rest api returns empty object in data.d.Groups.results. – user2889674 May 11 '16 at 14:05
  • Please check here if it helps you.....stackoverflow.com/questions/33164019/… – Hardik May 11 '16 at 14:11

i have achieved the required result using the following code.

(function () {
angular.module('app').factory('masterdatafactory', ['$http', function ($http) {

    var datafactory =
       return datafactory;

function getUserDetails(groupName)
        var userID=_spPageContextInfo.userId;
        return $http({
            method: "GET",

            url: _spPageContextInfo.webAbsoluteUrl + "/_api/web/sitegroups/getbyname('"+groupName+"')/CanCurrentUserViewMembership",
            headers: {
                "accept": "application/json; odata=verbose"

        }).success(function (data) {
            return data; 
        }).error(function () {


then in controller

(function () {
angular.module("app").controller('metadatareportcontroller', ['$scope', 'masterdatafactory', '$filter', '$timeout','$q','$sce','uiGridExporterConstants','uiGridExporterService', function ($scope, masterdatafactory, $filter, $timeout,$q,$sce,uiGridExporterConstants,uiGridExporterService) 

      var result=data.data.d.CanCurrentUserViewMembership;

// Group members(not everyone) should be able to view group membership in group setting. // if you need to check membership for large no. of groups then this request have to be made multiple times, which could be a problem in terms of performanc(may be didn't checked)


In SharePoint If you add AD group then SharePoint will consider AD group as a single user instead of group. So you will not able to get user from group after adding in SharePoint groups. However you can try this with code

bool reachedMaxCount;
SPWeb web = SPContext.Current.Web;
int limit = 100;
string group = "Domain\\SecurityGroup";
SPPrincipalInfo[] users = SPUtility.GetPrincipalsInGroup(web, group, limit, out reachedMaxCount);


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