Document.getFilePropertiesAsync method

Gets file properties of the current document.

Hosts: Excel, PowerPoint, Word
Available in Requirement set Not in a set
Added in 1.1
Office.context.document.getFilePropertiesAsync([, options], callback);


Name Type Description Support notes
options object Specifies any of the following optional parameters
asyncContext array, boolean, null, number, object, string, or undefined A user-defined item of any type that is returned in the AsyncResult object without being altered.
callback object A function that is invoked when the callback returns, whose only parameter is of type AsyncResult.

Callback Value

When the function you passed to the callback parameter executes, it receives an AsyncResult object that you can access from the callback function's only parameter.

In the callback function passed to the getFilePropertiesAsync method, you can use the properties of the AsyncResult object to return the following information.

Property Use to...
AsyncResult.value Returns the file's URL to asyncResult.value.url
AsyncResult.status Determine the success or failure of the operation.
AsyncResult.error Access an Error object that provides error information if the operation failed.
AsyncResult.asyncContext Access your user-defined object or value, if you passed one as the asyncContext parameter.


In this release of the API, you can only get the file's URL with the url property ( asyncResult.value.url).


To read the URL of the current file, you need to write a callback function that returns the URL. The following example shows how to:

  • Pass an anonymous callback function that returns the value of the file's URL to the callback parameter of the getFilePropertiesAsync method.

  • Display the value on the add-in's page.

function getFileUrl() {
    //Get the URL of the current file.
    Office.context.document.getFilePropertiesAsync(function (asyncResult) {
        var fileUrl = asyncResult.value.url;
        if (fileUrl == "") {
            showMessage("The file hasn't been saved yet. Save the file and try again");
        else {

Support details

A capital Y in the following matrix indicates that this method is supported in the corresponding Office host application. An empty cell indicates that the Office host application doesn't support this method.

For more information about Office host application and server requirements, see Requirements for running Office Add-ins.

Supported hosts, by platform

Office for Windows desktop Office Online (in browser) Office for iPad
Excel Y Y Y
PowerPoint Y Y Y
Word Y Y Y
Available in requirement sets Not in a set
Minimum permission level ReadDocument
Add-in types Content, task pane
Library Office.js
Namespace Office

Support history

Version Changes
1.1 Added support for Excel, PowerPoint, and Word in Office for iPad.
1.1 Introduced.