Here is the scenario,
I'm adding two user entries to people picker(multiple selection is permitted) field and I need to count these entries using Javascript/Jquery(Expected Output - 2).
how to achieve this?
I tried to get the values using Jquery it's giving complete HTML snippets.
This is what I've tried:

 $("#DivId").focusout(function () {

Update: The people picker will create a span element for each user, you should be able to use this code (using jQuery):


If you have several pickers you should be able to split them, for example by [name*=UserFieldValue] like this:

  var count = $(this).next().find('.ms-entity-resolved').length;
  • Thank You @eirikb .. I am using 2010 version.. I will check this code Feb 24 '14 at 7:03

EntityEditor.js contains method GetPickerControlValue for getting picker control value(s). (by default ';' delimiter is used for multiple values)

The following code demonstrates how to get the number of control values in Picker Control:

var pickerControlVals = GetPickerControlValue(currentEntityEditorContextId, true, true);

var numOfUsers = pickerControlVals.split(';').length - 1;

Variable currentEntityEditorContextId corresponds to Picker Control Id and available on the page where Picker Control is rendered


First find ID of people picker Div & get the ff part:

People Picker Div ID = "ctl00_ctl40_g_478948c1_e923_4777_9306_26c03d2dade0_**ff181**_ctl00_ctl00_UserField_upLevelDiv";

//Use 'ff181' as an unique reference to this field..number may change across fields but 'ff' is constant

   var NoOfUsers = CountUsers('ff181');

    function CountUsers(identifier) 

AppUsrs =[];

var tags = document.getElementsByTagName('DIV');
for (var i=0; i < tags.length; i++)
    var tempString = tags[i].id;    
    if ((tempString.indexOf(identifier) > 0) && (tempString.indexOf('UserField_upLevelDiv') > 0))
        var innerSpans = tags[i].getElementsByTagName("SPAN");
        for(var j=0; j < innerSpans.length; j++) 
                if(innerSpans[j].id != 'content') 
                {   AppUsrs.push(innerSpans[j].id.split('|')[2]);                       

        return AppUsrs;
    return null;  

The function CountUsers will return number of users in people picker field.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.