SharePoint User Information List

SharePoint User Information List

What is the User Information List in SharePoint? 

The User Information List (“/_catalogs/users/simple.aspx” or “_catalogs/users/detail.aspx”) is a hidden list in each site collection that is only visible and accessible to Site Collection Administrators.  The User Information List stores metadata information about a user. Some metadata examples are Display Name (name), Login Name (samAccountName), Department, Picture, Email, SID (determines authorization rights), etc.

The User Information List contains lots more user metadata properties other than Name, About Me, (Job) Title, and Department than you can see in the above Detail view display.  You can run the a PowerShell script similar to following example to dump items in the list and get an idea of the other user properties stored in this list.

$site = Get-SPSite “http://intranet.contoso.com/sites/abcsite”
$web = $site.OpenWeb()
$list = $web.lists[“User Information List”]
$list.Items | fl | Out-File F:DumpUserInfoList.txt

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