This is what the pre-parsed data looks like in the console after querying

http://mysharepointsite/_api/SP.UserProfiles.PeopleManager/GetMyProperties?$select=Department :

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I am trying to get the department of the current user and I am having a lot of difficulty.

I am currently at a stage where I am trying to copy this SE question, and I managed to at least get somewhere by running this in PowerShell:

$response = Invoke-WebRequest http://mysharepointsite/_api/SP.UserProfiles.PeopleManager/GetMyProperties?$select=Department -UseDefaultCredentials

Where Content does in fact contain my department (IT), but it is hidden in a load of xml data which I don't need.

I have no idea how to get just the department name using javascript, but this is the code I have at the moment (which is being executed from a content editor web part):

function getUser() {
    var userid = _spPageContextInfo.userId;

    var requestUri = "http://mysharepointsite/_api/SP.UserProfiles.PeopleManager/GetMyProperties";
    var requestHeaders = { "accept": "application/json;odata=verbose" };
        url: requestUri,
        contentType: "application/json;odata=verbose",
        headers: requestHeaders,
        success: onSuccess,
        error: onError

    function onSuccess(data, request) {
        var x = data.department;
    function onError(error) {
        alert("Error on retrieving current user.");

$(document).ready(function() {

Where in this case, I just get an alert which says undefined. Can anyone please help me understand how to parse this incoming data?

  • @GintasK Hi Ginta - I am getting a Invalid character error when this line runs : var parsedData = JSON.parse(data); – Bassie Jun 2 '16 at 15:45
  • There can be 2 things then: the json object is not formed correctly (which I doubt) or the data is parsed already. try using your old code but add console.log(data); and see what your request returns :) – Gintas K Jun 2 '16 at 15:51
  • @GintasK Okay I added an image of what console.log(data); looks like in the console... it is pretty confusing - I have no idea what to do with that! – Bassie Jun 2 '16 at 15:56

Try replacing

var x = data.department;


var parsedData = JSON.parse(data); 
var x = parsedData.department; 

you can also add


so you can see inside the returned object in your browser's console :)


You might need to modify your request url to


According to this article

  • @Bassie see my updated answer :) – Gintas K Jun 2 '16 at 16:04

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