I have a string "System Account", how can I convert the string into SPUser?

I've tried SPContext.Current.Web.EnsureUser("System Account") and also web.AllUser["System Account"] but hit error.

Please help, thank you in advanced.

  • I've tried SPWeb.AllUsers.GetByID(userID).ID.ToString() and it solved my issue, I should have use userID instead of user name in string
    – sams5817
    Apr 1, 2012 at 18:41

3 Answers 3


You can retrieve the system account by SPSite property


Basicaly EnsureUser method uses logon name (Domain\User_Alias) of the user.

  • thanks for your reply, what if I do not have Domain\User_Alias? I only have the welcome name in string format? is it still possible I validate and convert into SPUser?
    – sams5817
    Mar 31, 2012 at 8:50
  • I do not sure, but welcom name is not an unique name... if it is true, i think that it is not possible.
    – Alexander
    Mar 31, 2012 at 8:58
  • One way is to loop through all siteusers, but this solution is a performance killer (
    – Alexander
    Mar 31, 2012 at 10:27

i guess you are looking for some api to resolve inputs. try this utility method:


it will return a SPPrincipal object, witch contains a "LoginName" property. then you can use SPWeb.EnsureUser(loginName) to get a SPUser object.

more infomation about this method: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/microsoft.sharepoint.utilities.sputility.resolveprincipal.aspx


Try this, should work

string strUser = “Shiva Bala”;

//(myWeb is your SPWeb object)

SPFieldUserValue flduserVal = new SPFieldUserValue(myWeb, strUser);

SPUser myUser = flduserVal.User;

plus can someone tell me how to do it if there is a domain user?

  • You can not pass the display name as argument to SPFieldUsesrValue constructor. This requires item value (e.g. "12#;Shiva Bala"). With respect to question, Basically, one need to pass Logon Name as parameter in EnsureUser method. And for fetching user, one should use "SPWeb.AllUsers.GetByID(loginName)". Oct 23, 2012 at 8:25

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