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how to extract email address from a sharepoint person or group column that allows multiple selection

Hi, I have a SharePoint list named 'Systems' it has a Titlle field and a field called 'SustemMaintainer'.  'SystemMaintaiiner is  a 'Person Or Group' columns that allows multiple selections and people only.


In my flow I got the correct row by calling getItems and filtering based on the title column. so I have an array with one row, and that row has an a  column that contains an array of people columns:

        "Claims": "i:0#.f|membership|",
        "DisplayName": "Gove, Russell",
        "Email": "",
        "Picture": "",
        "Department": "Infrastructure Services",
        "JobTitle": "Sr SharePoint Architect"
        "Claims": "i:0#.f|membership|",
        "DisplayName": "xx, xx",
        "Email": "",
        "Picture": "",
        "Department": "CFO Staff",
        "JobTitle": "Manager Accounting Analysis"

How do I go about sending an email to the  Email addresses in that array.

The expression 



gets me the list of objects,  But how do i extract the email addresses from thos objects in a format thats sutable for sending an email?


@ScottShearer please I trying to use the emails to send approvals also and I have been stuck on this for about 2days now. I tried using your method and it works well but on inserting the variable in the “To” section of sending an email, it joins both email addresses together and that throws the error that the user doesn’t exist.


Can you help suggest how I can go about this so that it is able to separate the email as 


“email1; email2”  Instead of “email1email2”

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Hi @faustocapellanj 


Your approach has worked perfectly for me in workflows where my trigger is "when an item is created" or "when an item is modified". However, I also want to use it in a Reminders workflow, where the trigger is of "Schedule/Recurrence".


After using the same logic, I keep getting this error in my Select. I understand this is probably because in this scenario, the "Get Items 2" is getting items for each item from the first "Get Items", hence it automatically changed "Get Items 2" to "Apply to each 3". But I can't crack a solution or workaround to deal with this.


flow run failed.jpg


Any help would be highly appreciated. If you want me to clarify anything please let me know. Thanks!

REally good explanation! Helped me a lot!

Hi, Im trying to achieve the exact same. However when I use the first() function in the expression it only returns the first array and hence only the first email address for the person assigned to the field/column. Is it possible to do the same as you describe but extract all users emails addresses??

Hi Matt,

The solution that worked for me was the one @ScottShearer provided on the first page where you use an Apply to Each action to loop through the values in the column and store them in a variable.  

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Im not sure where the apply for each should go. I have spent a good few hours today trying to get this to work and failed. If anyone is available to give me a call to help that would be great! 



My attempt to use a apply to each got me somewhere but the outputs were empty...


Let me see if I can explain.

  1. First you initialize an array variable. From your screenshot it looks like you have one called Users Array. In my screenshot it's called varEmail ✔️
  2. Then you use the "Get items" action to get the items from your list, where the multi-select person or group column exists. We both have this action. ✔️
  3. The easiest way to create the "Apply to Each" action next is to use a "Set Variable" action to set the value to equal the multi-select people column from the "Get Items" action before. When you choose the Multi-select person or group column as the value of your array variable, it will automatically create the apply to each action for you.
  4. Move all of your other variables/actions inside of that same apply to each action.


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For clarity, here is what it looks like before you choose your multi-select column. After you select it, in my case "Assigned to", it will generate the apply to each for you

Had a little trouble using this solution, kept receiving error:

"The 'from' property value in the 'select' action inputs is of type 'Object'. The value must be an array."


Amended 'From' to outputs('Get_items')?['body/value']

And 'Map' to item()?['RequestManager']?['Email']


This fixed it, provided an array of all emails held within my 'RequestManager' person field.

Still not getting this work work. Getting this error for the 'Select' operation












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Hi  @faustocapellanj good day

when "select" named "get mail" step, shows error as below after run, but the output from "get items" is not Null.

"The 'from' property value in the 'select' action inputs is of type 'Null'. The value must be an array."

any ideas, thanks so much









This works for me but with one issue. Its only grabbing the first two emails from my sharepoint column? 


How can I make it grab all of them? A loop wont work for my use case. I am writing to an excel row which I'm using to add members to a group via powershell.

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Sorry to bring up an old thread. I really cannot figure out how to do this. 


I need to get the email addresss from a sharepoint person or group column that allow multiple selection.

I need the emails because I need to perform an action "Grant access to an item or a folder" and the recipient must be email addresses.


I followed what is mentioned in 2019. However the "Select" action is changed. I tried it myself and I can get a Json respond like:

"": ""
"": ""


How can I convert above format into;;?




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Instead of leaving the Key blank, press this button and enter the formula there with no key. 



The result will look like the below.



From there use the Join action from Data Operations. Use the output of your select as the "From" and the semi-colon to join them.


If you are still having trouble please consider opening a new thread and tagging me if you need more help.




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@faustocapellanj could this solution of getting emails as an output be used to set item level permissions for a SharePoint list item using that specific flow control? Forgot the actual name of it, just know it is there.

I.e. run a flow that (1) stops inheriting permissions on an item (2) gets the user emails from a [permission field] (just standard user/group field with multiple values) and then (3) use those emails to set the EDIT permissions for the item


Cheers and thanks, this was a good thread to read up on.


If anyone is still active on this thread, I followed the above instructions but there is an error when it gets to the 'select email address' action - it says "The 'from' property value in the 'select' action inputs is of type 'Object'. The value must be an array'. My column type is a person or group, allowing selection of person only. Note: I have tried the expression starting with 'first' as well as the one below.




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