directoryObject: getByIds

Namespace: microsoft.graph


APIs under the /beta version in Microsoft Graph are subject to change. Use of these APIs in production applications is not supported. To determine whether an API is available in v1.0, use the Version selector.

Return the directory objects specified in a list of IDs.

Some common uses for this function are to:

  • Resolve IDs returned by functions (that return collections of IDs) such as getMemberObjects or getMemberGroups to their backing directory objects.
  • Resolve IDs persisted in an external store by the application to their backing directory objects.

This API is available in the following national cloud deployments.

Global service US Government L4 US Government L5 (DOD) China operated by 21Vianet


Choose the permission or permissions marked as least privileged for this API. Use a higher privileged permission or permissions only if your app requires it. For details about delegated and application permissions, see Permission types. To learn more about these permissions, see the permissions reference.

Permission type Least privileged permissions Higher privileged permissions
Delegated (work or school account) Directory.Read.All Not available.
Delegated (personal Microsoft account) Not supported. Not supported.
Application Directory.Read.All Not available.

When an application queries a relationship that returns a directoryObject type collection, if it does not have permission to read a certain derived type (like device), members of that type are returned but with limited information. With this behavior, applications can request the least privileged permissions they need, rather than rely on the set of Directory.* permissions. For details, see Limited information returned for inaccessible member objects.

HTTP request

POST /directoryObjects/getByIds

Request headers

Name Description
Authorization Bearer {token}. Required. Learn more about authentication and authorization.
Content-type application/json. Required.

Request body

In the request body, provide a JSON object with the following parameters.

Parameter Type Description
ids String collection A collection of IDs for which to return objects. The IDs are GUIDs, represented as strings. You can specify up to 1000 IDs.
types String collection A collection of resource types that specifies the set of resource collections to search. If not specified, the default is directoryObject, which contains all of the resource types defined in the directory. Any object that derives from directoryObject may be specified in the collection; for example: user, group, and device objects.

To search for references to a Cloud Solution Provider partner organization specify directoryObjectPartnerReference. If not specified, the default is directoryObject, which contains all of the resource types defined in the directory, except for references to a Cloud Solution Provider partner organization.

The values are not case-sensitive.


If successful, this method returns a 200 OK response code and a string collection object in the response body.



Content-type: application/json

    "ids": [
    "types": [


Note: The response object shown here might be shortened for readability.

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-type: application/json

    "@odata.context": "$metadata#directoryObjects",
    "value": [
        "@odata.type": "#microsoft.graph.user",
        "id": "84b80893-8749-40a3-97b7-68513b600544",
        "accountEnabled": true,
        "displayName": "Trevor Jones"
        "@odata.type": "#microsoft.graph.user",
        "id": "5d6059b6-368d-45f8-91e1-8e07d485f1d0",
        "accountEnabled": true,
        "displayName": "Billy Smith"
         "@odata.type": "",
         "id": "0b944de3-e0fc-4774-a49a-b135213725ef",
         "description": "Pineview School Staff",
         "groupTypes": [
         "@odata.type": "#microsoft.graph.device",
         "id": "b75a5ab2-fe55-4463-bd31-d21ad555c6e0",
         "displayName": "e8ba4e98c000002",
         "deviceId": "4c299165-6e8f-4b45-a5ba-c5d250a707ff"