Can we retrieve the TypeName of a web part using CSOM?

  • What would be the reason I get Access denied during the web service call? I have the highest permissions possible in the environment. If it makes a difference, I'm calling this from an auto-hosted SharePoint 2013 App.
    – user21884
    Commented Jan 10, 2014 at 14:43
  • I personally used server-side CSOM instead of Vadim's code so haven't checked the code. However, you could try to call other services. I think there should not be any specific permissions needed for this service in particular.
    – thomius
    Commented Jan 11, 2014 at 15:56

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It doesn't seem possible to retrieve all the web part properties (like TypeName) via CSOM

But it could be performed via WebPartPagesWebService SharePoint Web Service as demonstrated below:

function getWebPartProperties(pageUrl,completeFn,errorFn)
    var soapEnv =
        '<soap:Envelope xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance" xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema" xmlns:soap="http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/">  \
            <soap:Body>  \
                <GetWebPartProperties2 xmlns="http://microsoft.com/sharepoint/webpartpages">  \
                    <pageUrl>' + pageUrl + '</pageUrl>   \
                    <storage>Shared</storage>   \
                    <behavior>Version3</behavior>   \
                </GetWebPartProperties2>  \
            </soap:Body>   \

        url: _spPageContextInfo.webAbsoluteUrl + "/_vti_bin/WebPartPages.asmx",
        type: "POST",
        dataType: "xml",
        data: soapEnv,
        complete: completeFn,
        error: errorFn,
        contentType: "text/xml; charset=\"utf-8\""

$(function() {
            $(xhr.responseXML).find("WebPart").each(function() {
                var wpTypeName = $(this).find('type').attr('name'); //get Web Part TypeName

  • Btw does this or something like this work for publishing pages?
    – thomius
    Commented Jan 4, 2014 at 13:59
  • I had a chance to verify it for publishing pages and it works for me Commented Jan 4, 2014 at 14:05
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    oh, apparently the error was not due to publishing pages but web part types. Tasks web part returns only one property "Cannot import this Web Part" apparently..
    – thomius
    Commented Jan 4, 2014 at 14:07

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