How do I return a datatable in SharePoint 2019 from list with a lookup column from another list?

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Script used:

<table id="Employee" class="display" cellspacing="0" width="100%">


$(document).ready(function() {

function GetItems() {
var siteUrl = _spPageContextInfo.webAbsoluteUrl;
var oDataUrl = siteUrl + "/_api/web/lists/getbytitle('VettingList')/items?$select=Title,ID_Number,ID_Number:First_Names,ID_Number:Last_Name";
url: oDataUrl,
type: "GET",
dataType: "json",
headers: {
"accept": "application/json;odata=verbose"
success: OnSuccess,
error: OnFailure

function OnSuccess(data) {
try {
"aaData": data.d.results,
"aoColumns": [
"mData": "Title"
"mData": "ID_Number"
"mData": "ID_Number:First_Names"
"mData": "ID_Number:Last_Name"
} catch (e) {

function OnFailure(data, errMessage) {
alert("Error: " + errMessage);


1 Answer 1


You can fetch item details from Parent list selected in lookup column settings by using $expand to expand the lookup column & $select to select the individual properties from lookup column like:

var oDataUrl = siteUrl + "/_api/web/lists/getbytitle('VettingList')/items?$select=Title,ID_Number/ID,ID_Number/First_Names,ID_Number/Last_Name&$expand=ID_Number";

Make sure you are using correct internal names of your ID_Number, ID_Number:First_Names and ID_Number:Last_Name column in above REST API call.

You can get the internal name of your column by following this article: How to find the Internal name of columns in SharePoint Online?

For more information, check:

  1. How to use expand in rest api to get child list records
  2. REST API $expand issues
  • The datatable is generated but returns the error: [object Object] for ID_Number
    – Bra Tabs
    Commented Aug 25, 2023 at 6:02
  • What is the error message? Are you using the correct names of the columns? Commented Aug 25, 2023 at 6:03
  • It doesn't pull any data. I used the following column names: "mData": "Title" "mData": "ID_Number" "mData": "ID_Number/First_Names" "mData": "ID_Number/Last_Name"
    – Bra Tabs
    Commented Aug 25, 2023 at 6:22
  • You have to use the internal names of column everywhere. Try adding console.log(data.d.results) inside the success function (function OnSuccess(data) {}) and see if it returns the array result in browser console. Commented Aug 25, 2023 at 6:24
  • I got it. Column name should be: "mData": "Title" }, { "mData": "ID_Number.ID_Number" }, { "mData": "ID_Number.First_Names" }, { "mData": "ID_Number.Last_Name" }
    – Bra Tabs
    Commented Aug 26, 2023 at 3:54

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