I'm using some javascript code to retrieve the workflow definitions on my site:

var context = SP.ClientContext.get_current();
var web = _context.get_web();
var serviceManager = SP.WorkflowServices.WorkflowServicesManager.newObject(context, web);
var deploymentService = serviceManager.getWorkflowDeploymentService();
var definitions = deploymentService.enumerateDefinitions();


return context.executeQuery()
             var enumDefs = definitions.getEnumerator();


BTW I've wrapped executeQueryAsync with jQuery Deferred so my JSOM code can resemble my REST code. Here is a John Liu's blog on how to do that.

This is working and I can clunkily iterate my way through the list. But I really, really dislike using the SP complex types and all their methods.

In the browser I see that a nice simple json array is being send back as the response. Is there anyway I can just get that?

Is there some way to easily change all the information that comes back into a json object?

  • Why is it clunky? How are you using this query?
    – Mike
    Nov 3, 2017 at 19:35
  • How is it not clunky? :) First I have to getEnumerator() then uses a while(enum.moveNext()) then for every property or piece of information I want I have hope they included a getter method for it and also know what it is called and of course for each different call it will be different types with different property names. Finally once I leave the complete/success handler the data is gone. With a json object I can just return the object from my asych call and iterate over all of the values. Unless there is something like that and I just don't know what it is?
    – Rothrock
    Nov 3, 2017 at 19:58
  • Just store it in a json object or array on load or onclick (however you are triggering the fetch), then you can rummage through it after page load.
    – Mike
    Nov 3, 2017 at 20:07
  • Yes that is my question. How do I do that? With my debug tools I see definitions item, but it is a complex object with methods and things that I don't need. If I try JSON.stringify(definitions) I get an Converting circular structure to JSON error. I think what I want is in enumDefs.get_current().$5_0.$H_0, but that doesn't seem like a stable way to work. Is there a simple and understandable way to convert it?
    – Rothrock
    Nov 3, 2017 at 20:34
  • something like var wfarray []; var enumDefs = definitions.getEnumerator(); while(enumDefs.moveNext()){ var currentwf = enumDefs.get_current(); wfarray.push(currentwf); } //do something with wfarray;
    – Mike
    Nov 3, 2017 at 20:37

1 Answer 1


You can use a next code to get simple objects

return context.executeQuery()
         return definitions.get_data().map(function(item) {
           return item.get_objectData().get_properties();

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