I am facing problem that i cannot solve. I have a function which works properly but returns number id of user from sharepoint not display name. Here is the function:

function getItems() {  


    async: true,  // Async by default is set to “true” load the script asynchronously
    url: _spPageContextInfo.webAbsoluteUrl + "/_api/web/lists/GetByTitle('Testiing')/items",   // URL to fetch data from sharepoint list
    method: "GET",  //Specifies the operation to fetch the list item

    headers: {  
        "accept": "application/json;odata=verbose",   //It defines the Data format
        "content-type": "application/json;odata=verbose"   //It defines the content type as JSON

    success: function(data) {  
        data = data.d.results;  
       //Iterate the data
        $.each(data, function(index, value) { 
        if (value.Project_x0020_ManagerId !== null && value.Project_x0020_ManagerId == _spPageContextInfo.userId){ 
            var html = "<tr><td>" + value.Title + "</td><td>" + value.Project_x0020_ManagerId  + "</td>" + "<td>" + new Date(value.dates).toLocaleDateString() +"</tr>";  
            //can be removed later - getting items to console
            console.log(this, value, data[index]);

            $('.table tbody').append(html); }
    error: function(error) {  
})  }  

Project_x0020_ManagerId is the name of the column of person type.

Can anyone advise how to solve this? or how to create function which would convert id to display name please?

I am using this function for filling html table element so it would be perfect with display names right away.



1 Answer 1


I'm guessing that the actual name of the column is "Project Manager", and that only through the data that you get from your REST request do you see the column with the internal name appended with "Id".

User columns in SharePoint are actually lookup columns to a user list. So in order to get values from the lookup item, you need to use $select and $expand in your REST query.

So you would want to try something like this:


to get the ID and display name (Title) of the user.

Keep in mind that if you use $select, you will only get those columns back in the results, so the query above will return only the Project Manager field. If you need data from other fields from that list, you will have to include them in the $select as well:


Also, if you do the $select and $expand to get the Project Manager data, you won't get that field back as value.Project_x0020_ManagerId. You would access the data through value.Project_x0020_Manager.Id and value.Project_x0020_Manager.Title.

  • First thanks for your answer. :) i understand what you mean but after i changed the line to what you suggested script stop working totally with error message: Uncaught ReferenceError: id is not defined. Dont you know what might be the problem? how come that id is not defined?
    – Rudolf
    Apr 1, 2019 at 15:15
  • It is case sensitive. Make sure you are using Id, not id. Apr 1, 2019 at 15:17
  • The field names are case sensitive. I mention that because your error says 'id' is not defined (all lower case). It should be 'Id' (or 'ID').
    – Joe McShea
    Apr 1, 2019 at 15:18
  • Thank you I managed to do it thanks to your help. Problem was in some type while writing the URL. Found it out this morning. I guess its always better to sleep on it if you are in deep. Thanks.
    – Rudolf
    Apr 2, 2019 at 6:28

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