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This is article is not about something new, is about how you organize the code to create a document set with custom properties. Let’s imagine I have created a column “Employee” (people or group field type) and associate it with Document Set content type. Of course I want to assign a value to this field when I create a new document set. What I did was to get the pieces of information from the internet and consolidate my code based on these.

Shp.DocumentSet = function () {
    throw 'Cannot instantiate Shp.DocumentSet static class';

Shp.DocumentSet.createDocumentSet = function (listName, docSetName, web, properties, success, fail) {
    /// <signature>
    ///	    <summary>Create document set</summary>
    /// 	<param name="listName" type="String" optional="false" mayBeNull="false">Document library name</param>
    /// 	<param name="docSetName" type="String" optional="false" mayBeNull="false">Document set name</param>
    ///     <param name="web" type="SP.Web" optional="false" mayBeNull="true">Web</param>
    ///     <param name="success" type="Function" optional="false" mayBeNull="false">Success</param>
    ///     <param name="error" type="Function" optional="true" mayBeNull="false">Fail</param>
    /// </signature>

    var e = Function.validateParameters(arguments, [{ name: 'listName', type: String, optional: false, mayBeNull: false },
                                                     { name: 'docSetName', type: String, optional: false, mayBeNull: false },
                                                     { name: 'web', type: SP.Web, optional: false, mayBeNull: true },
                                                     { name: 'properties', type: Object, optional: false, mayBeNull: true },
                                                     { name: 'success', type: Function, optional: false, mayBeNull: false },
                                                     { name: 'fail', type: Function, optional: false, mayBeNull: true }], true);
    if (e) throw e;

    var ctx = (typeof web === 'undefined' || web === null) ? SP.ClientContext.get_current() : web.get_context();
    var web = (typeof web === 'undefined' || web === null) ? ctx.get_web() : web;
    var fail = fail || function (err) { alert(err); }

    Shp.DocumentSet._createDocumentSet(listName, docSetName, ctx, web, properties, success, fail);


Shp.DocumentSet._createDocumentSet = function (listName, docSetName, ctx, web, properties, success, fail) {

    var list = web.get_lists().getByTitle(listName);

    var parentFolder = list.get_rootFolder();

    var docSetContentTypeID = "0x0120D520";
    var docSetContentType = ctx.get_site().get_rootWeb().get_contentTypes().getById(docSetContentTypeID);

    ctx.executeQueryAsync(function () {
        SP.DocumentSet.DocumentSet.create(ctx, parentFolder, docSetName, docSetContentType.get_id());
        var docSetFolder = web.getFolderByServerRelativeUrl(parentFolder.get_serverRelativeUrl() + '/' + docSetName);
        var docSetFolderItem = docSetFolder.get_listItemAllFields();
        if (properties != null) {
            for (var property in properties) {
                if (properties.hasOwnProperty(property) === true) {
                    docSetFolderItem.set_item(property, properties[property]);
        ctx.executeQueryAsync(function () {
        }, fail);



I have created a static class called Shp.DocumentSet with Shp.DocumentSet.createDocumentSet method, which accepts these parameters:

  • listName: document library name
  • docSetName: document set name
  • docSetName: SP.Web I want to use for current operation. If null, web for current context will be considered.
  • properties: an object containing custom properties I want to update. If null, no custom property will be updated.
  • success: function to be called on success. This will be called passing list item associated with document set folder as a parameter.
  • fail: function to be called on fail.

Let’s see how you can use it.

var docLibraryName = 'Doc library name';
var docSetName = 'Doc set name';
var spWeb = null;
var properties = {};
properties['Employee'] = employeeId;
var success = function(item) {
    // Do something with item

var fail = function (err) {
    // Do something with error

Shp.DocumentSet.createDocumentSet(docLibraryName, docSetName, spWeb, properties, success, fail);

Creating document set with custom property is now a simple a operation. I do not need write a lot of code each time I need to this.