CRUD Operation on various field Types in SharePoint List using SPServices – SharePoint 2013

Ahamed Fazil Buhari
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Published On :   07 Jun 2016
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In this article, let us see some of the basic operations on various field types in SharePoint List using SPServices.

Before dealing with SPServices in SharePoint 2013, Let us go through the definitions of SPServices from MSDN

- SPServices is a jQuery library which abstracts SharePoint's Web Services and makes them easier to use.

- It also includes functions which use the various Web Service operations to provide more useful (and cool) capabilities.

- It works entirely client side and requires no server install.

Here, you can find Create operation on different SharePoint field types namely –

· Single line of text

· Multiple line of text

· Date

· People picker

· Lookup (Single & Multiple)

· Choice.

In this article, let us have a look on the Item Creation: The rest of the operations, I am leaving to the readers.

 var valuePair = []; //Array variable to hold all the Field_Internal_Name and its value.
 valuePair.push(["Column_Text1_InternalName", colText1]); 
 //Single line of text field
 valuePair.push(["Lookup_single_InternalName", Lookup_FieldID +';#'+LookupText]); 
 //Lookup field
 // Lookup_FieldID -> ID of lookup list item which has been selected
 // LookupText -> Text of lookup list item which has been selected
 var isoDate = {extracted_Date}.toISOString(); //Date Field
 //convert the date value into ISOString() format which is understandable by SharePoint
 valuePair.push(["Date_InternalName", isoDate]);
 var peoplePicker = $("[id$='PeoplePicker_ID']>span>div").attr("key"); 
 // People picker field
 var userID = null;
     operation: "GetUserInfo",
     async: false,
     userLoginName: peoplePicker,
     completefunc: function (xData, Status) {
         $(xData.responseXML).find("User").each(function() {
             userID = $(this).attr("ID");
 valuePair.push(["Peoplepicker_InternalName, userID]);
 //SPServices accepts User ID for people picker field while creation of new item
 valuePair.push(["Lookup_multiple_InternalName", Lookup_FieldID1 +';#'+LookupText1 + ';#' + Lookup_FieldID2 + ';#' + LookupText1 ]);
 // LookupText -> ID of lookup list item which has been selected
 // LookupText -> Text of lookup list item which has been selected
 //To save multiple lookup field -> append ‘;#’ after every ID, text and next value
 //SPServices to Create an Item.
     operation: "UpdateListItems",
     async: false,
     listName: "Name of the list",
     batchCmd: "New",
     valuepairs: valuePair,
     completefunc: function (xData, Status) {
         if (Status != "success" || $(xData.responseXML).find('ErrorCode').text() !== "0x00000000") {
             alert("Error in saving the item.");
         else {
             if (Status == "success") {
                 alert("Item created successfully...");

Though this is very straight forward, this will save a lot of development effort for sure.

Click HERE to download the SPService JQuery Plugin.

Happy Coding,

Ahamed Buhari