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users/{userid}/properties/{key} (GET)


Retrieve the content of a user property

  • REST Method: GET
  • Method Access: public

Uri Parameters

Name Type Description
key string A unique identifier for a property that is obtained through GET:users/{userid}/properties
userid string either an integer user ID, "current", or "=" followed by a double uri-encoded user name

Query Parameters

Name Type Description
authenticate bool? Force authentication for request (default: false)
redirects int? If zero, do not follow page redirects.

Return Codes

Name Value Description
OK 200 The request completed successfully
Bad Request 400 Invalid input parameter or request body
Forbidden 403 ADMIN access is required to access other user's properties
Not Found 404 Requested user and/or property could not be found

Message Format

Response is the etag, content-length, content-type, and body of the property.

Implementation Notes

  • A user may only read their own properties. Admins can read anyones users properties.

C# Code Sample: Retrieve a User Property Value

The following code authenticates and retrieves the value of a user property named 'foo'

Sample Code

Plug p = Plug.New("http://devwiki/@api/deki"); 
p.At("users", "authenticate")
 .WithCredentials("sysop", "password").Get(); 
string val = p.At("users", "current", "properties", "foo")

Curl Code Sample: Retrieve a User Property Value

The following command retrieves and returns the value of user property "foo" associated to user "bar":

Sample Code

curl -u admin:password -i http://mindtouch.address/@api/deki/users/=bar/properties/foo

Sample Response from executing Code

Example of retrieving the contents of the user property listed here:

Content-Type: text/plain


Implementation notes 

curl flags

Provides external user authentication.
Outputs the HTTP response headers. Useful for debugging.


ADMIN permission is required to execute above command unless an authenticated user performs a property list request on themselves.


Note that a property value can contain non-text data types. So if an image file for example is assigned as the property's value, a bunch of junk will very possibly be outputted to console unless redirected.

User Properties

To view a list of a user's properties, follow the instructions here.
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