I am creating a Hosted app using NAPA on Sharepoint 2013 (Office365). I need to retrive a user from a list column and get the user's email.

SP.List.getItems with a query returns a listEnumerator correctly. However, the user field is of type SPFieldUserValue. This does not appear to have a property called User from which I can retrieve the email (the C# version of SPFieldUserValue has a User property). Any idea on how I can get the user's email in javascript?

4 Answers 4


This query will give you Author column (user) with email from a list 'Test':


You can replace 'Author' with any other Person/Group column.


I think that you need to use SP.Web.ensureUser method to retrieve user by it's logon name, after this you can use SP.User.email property.

SP.SOD.executeFunc('sp.js', 'SP.ClientContext', sharePointReady);

function sharePointReady() {
    //retrieve logonName

    var clientContext = SP.ClientContext.get_current();
    var web = context.get_web();
    var user = web.ensureUser(logonName);

    clientContext.executeQueryAsync(onQuerySucceeded, onQueryFailed);
function onQuerySucceeded() {
    alert('The email address of the current user is ' + user.get_email());
    alert('The account name is ' + user.get_loginName());
function onQueryFailed(sender, args) {
    alert('Error: ' + args.get_message());
  • Thanks. I'm trying to get the email of a user from a list column, not the current user. Unfortunately, SPFieldUserValue only returns the Display Name and not the logon name. So this won't work. Commented May 17, 2013 at 5:18
  • you also can try to use User Information List. See this example. It should store user's email.
    – Alexander
    Commented May 17, 2013 at 6:46

It can be done for any person field not just current user. Get lookupvalue from person field(contact in this case) and the get the user field.

var userName = currentRd.get_item("Contact").get_lookupValue();

user = web.ensureUser(userName);

Everything else should work the same way as Alexander said.


From the list API you can use select statement as below

siteurl + "/_api/web/lists/getbytitle('listname')/items&$select=Author/EMail

and from the result iterate like below

var itemcount = apiResultValue.length;
var itemsresult = JSON.stringify(apiResultValue);
itemsresult = JSON.parse(itemsresult);
if (itemcount > 0) {
//above line will get the email of user from list createdby user column

Hope it will help someone :)

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