I am trying to set up a simple subscription tool where users can subscribe to or unsubscribe from various distribution list. The idea is that you select a user through a people picker ('subuser'), select a list ('sublist') and click either subscribe (so you are added to the selected list) or unsubscribe (so you are deleted from the selected list). I have succeeded with the subscribe part, but got stuck at unsubscribe. I know how to delete an item from a list, but to do that I need to have an item's ID (or is there any other way?). This is the part of my code that I want to use to get the ID for the item that includes a user selected via the people picker, but itemID is undefined:

function removeUser()     
var clientContext = new SP.ClientContext(siteurl);    
var value1 = document.getElementById('subuser').value;    
var value2 = document.querySelector('input[name="sublist"]:checked').value;    
var queryLookup = "<Where><Eq><FieldRef Name='UserName' LookupId='TRUE' /><Value Type='Lookup'>"+ value1 +"</Value></Eq></Where>";
var itemID="";

    operation: "GetListItems",    
    async: false,    
    listName: value2,    
    CAMLViewFields: "<ViewFields><FieldRef Name='ID'/></ViewFields>",    
    CAMLQuery: queryLookup,    
    completefunc: function(xData,Status) {    
        itemID = $(xData.responseXML.xml).find("z\\:row").attr("ows_ID");

SPServices can be replaced by any other working solution. Thank you for any suggestions.

1 Answer 1


Here is the sample code using that we can get last item ID using REST API coding :

<script type="text/javascript" src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.11.2/jquery.min.js"></script> 
<script type="text/javascript">
    function getListData() { 
            url: _spPageContextInfo.webAbsoluteUrl + "/_api/web/lists/getByTitle('ListA')/items?$select=ID,Title",
            type: "GET",
            headers: { "accept": "application/json;odata=verbose", "content-type": "application/json;odata=verbose", },
            success: onQuerySucceeded, error: onQueryFailed
    function onQuerySucceeded(data) {
        $("#newsitems").append('<tr><td style="font-weight:bold">ID </td><td style="font-weight:bold">Title </td></tr>');
        $.each(data.d.results, function (key, value) {
        $("#newsitems").append('<td>'+value.ID+ '</td>'); 
        $("#newsitems").append('<td>'+value.Title+ '</td>');                                    
        $("#newsitems").append('</tr>')                  });
    function onQueryFailed() {
        alert('Sorry An Error Has Occurred!');
    ExecuteOrDelayUntilScriptLoaded(getListData, "sp.js")
<div id="newsitems"></div>

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  • Thanks, this way I can indeed get items' IDs from a list. However, I have two issues: 1. Is it possible to get data from a person/group column? It seems I cannot do that. In the example above we have "ID" and "Title" columns, it works, when I add another text or numeric column, it works, but it doesn't work for a person/group column. 2. I have the list of IDs, but how can I get from this the ID of the item that includes a particular value? A user gives their email through filling in a form, I need to get the ID of the item that includes this email. Can I somehow query this fetched data?
    – nutshell99
    Commented Feb 23, 2020 at 21:27
  • Yes, we can get person or group column as well - there we need to use the expand attribute in the select query, please see the below example how it works : google.com/amp/s/sharepointeducation.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/…
    – SP 2022
    Commented Feb 24, 2020 at 1:23
  • And at the end end of your REST query in the select parameter you can add "and emailid (email column) ne null (or" ") " - this will return the result which has email id
    – SP 2022
    Commented Feb 24, 2020 at 1:30
  • Getting there! One more obstacle: I can send the relevant ID to the console with the above code ('$("#newsitems").append('<td>'+value.ID+ '</td>');'), however, how can I assign this ID to a variable?
    – nutshell99
    Commented Feb 26, 2020 at 18:15
  • Just create a variable var myId =Value. Id or use this example
    – SP 2022
    Commented Feb 26, 2020 at 18:40

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