Extract the Term Sets and their custom properties using CSOM in SharePoint 2013

The code snippet below will help you to query the SharePoint 2013 Term store using CSOM (ECMAScript):

//Get the Current SP Context

var context = SP.ClientContext.get_current();


//Get the Current SP Taxonomy Session
var taxSession = SP.Taxonomy.TaxonomySession.getTaxonomySession(context);


//Get the Term Stores instance
var termStores = taxSession.get_termStores();


//Get the exact Term Store you would like to query

//To get this…goto your term store, inspect the HTML element corresponding to your Term Store in your

//browser and you will get this ID

//Check the screenshots below
var termStore = termStores.getByName(“Taxonomy_foSyfMpI/9yqdQsdxwuVGA==”);


//Get the required Term Set you want to fetch

//To get this…goto your term store, inspect the HTML element corresponding to the Term in your browser and check the ID of the <li> element
var termSet = termStore.getTermSet(“8ed8c9ea-7052-4c1d-a4d7-b9c10bffea6f”);


//Load the termSet into the context


//Execute the Query
//Contains the Terms and their custom properties

//Check the screenshot below 

//Any exception messages





Fig: Extracting the TermStore ID


Fig: Extracting the Term ID


Fig: Execution the above script in chrome browser Developer Toolbar Javascript Console (F12)


Fig: The execution results showing the Custom Property key and value

For further reference on extracting the terms, termsets and groups refer here:


Hope this helps.

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  9. Hi,
    This is very helpful post. In the above article i could not see , how to get Custom properties, can you please send me whole script file with code for getting custom properties.



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