How To Get Parameters/Values From a URL in ServiceNow

URL Parameters

There are a variety of methods available to retrieve the value of Parameters that are being passed in from a URL in ServiceNow. For those of you who are new to this concept, ServiceNow and most all other modern websites/platforms utilize this method to get data from one page to another. As a ServiceNow admin/developer, you will most likely use this functionality to auto-populate form data or possibly as a means of determining “state” based on previous form selections. A common use case is for turning Calls or Incidents into Requests. In this scenario you could pass the Caller as the “Requested for”, and the short description, into a “Describe your need” variable on a Catch all generic catalog item.

Over the years I have found myself repeatedly using the below techniques to grab these parameters so I wanted to make sure there was a single document that everyone could use for a quick reference.

Now on to the good stuff, an example URL parameter that I’m sure you are familiar with is “sys_id”:

In this case, the parameter is “sys_id” and the value we are after is “2ca8f612914d4140b1782bd13ae71f72”.

To retrieve this from a Client Script (Client side), my mentor here at Crossfuze Solutions (Mark Stanger), has written a cool little function that allows this (click to see the full article):

var myparm = getParmVal('sys_myparm');
function getParmVal(name){
var url = document.URL.parseQuery();
return decodeURI(url[name]);

Next, if you are wanting to do the same thing in a CMS/UI Page (Server Side) then you will need to do this in Jelly.

The main way to do this is to utilize the RP object’s method called “getParameterValue”:


Also, while we’re discussing the RP object, a few other cool methods are as follows:

  • RP.getReferringURL() – returns to URL that got you to this page.
  • RP.isMobile() – returns true if the page is in mobile mode (browsing using a Blackberry, etc.)
  • RP.getParameters() – returns all the parameters passed on the URL (to loop through)

In terms of Jelly, I have had difficulty in the past pulling parameters using the RP methods above especially in UI Macros. Here is how I worked around it just call jelly.”the_name_of_the_param”:

   //This works on any param name including params that dont start with "sysparm" 
   var catItemId = jelly.sysparm_id;
   //Or This works if param contains "sysparm"
   var catItemId = '$[sysparm_id]';

To get Parameters for Business Rules/UI Actions (Server side) you can use the “getEncodedQuery”, and “getGlideURI” methods as follows:

current.getEncodedQuery().indexOf('sys_id=-1') != -1  //is a new record

gs.action.getGlideURI().toString().indexOf('parameter_looking_for_here') == value_to_check


ServiceNow has now started getting heavy in the AngularJS space. As such I thought I would include how to get a parameter in Angular (above client side methods still work too). This is usually done using RouteParams:

$routeProvider.when('/view1/:param1/:param2', {
    templateUrl: 'partials/partial1.html',    
    controller: 'MyCtrl1'

Then in your controller you would inject $routeParams to use them:

.controller('MyCtrl1', ['$scope','$routeParams', function($scope, $routeParams) {
  var param1 = $routeParams.param1;
  var param1 = $routeParams.param2;


Fun Tidbit:

As if all of these other methods weren’t enough, there is an additional method that I recently came across in a StackOverflow post that shows a fully customizable approach (in case you were looking to do something unique with URL parsing). There are a number of example solutions on the question, but the post by Haim Evgi had one of the best looking approaches (uses a Regular Expression to parse the URL) so I thought I would convert this into a Script Include for use on the Server side:

ParamsUtil.getValueFromURL = function(param_name,full_url){
   param_name = param_name.replace(/[\[]/,"\\\[").replace(/[\]]/,"\\\]");
   var regexS = "[\\?&amp;]"+param_name+"=([^&amp;#]*)";
   var regex = new RegExp( regexS );  
   var results = regex.exec( full_url );
   if( results == null ){
      return "";
   else {
      return results[1];

Example Usage:

var params_list = ['sys_id','sysparm_query'];
for (i=0; i &lt; params_list.length; i++){
var parameter = params_list[i];
var url = ';sysparm_query=active%3Dtrue%5Eassigned_toISEMPTY%5Ecaller_id%3D7e85d1bc0f755a401709c09ce1050e97'; 

gs.print(ParamsUtil.getValueFromURL(parameter, url));

Output:Example Output

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5 thoughts on “How To Get Parameters/Values From a URL in ServiceNow”

  1. ey,

    I am very new to ServiceNow and have a same requirement of extracting one field value from the URL (ie sysparm_u_phonenumber=) . This number is changed dynamically and and i need to extract this 10 digit phone number. I am trying to implement this through Business rule. The above solution which you have mentioned to extract is basically comparing the value using indexOf() method. Could you let me know how to extract the dynamic value from the paarameter.

    Thank you very much

    1. Harish,

      Sorry it’s taken me a while to get back to you; too much spam… You probably have already figured out how to do this but here’s the answer. In the Business Rule, use the “RP.getParameterValue” method as shown in the article. Below is an example:

       gs.addInfoMessage('Param2 was ' + RP.getParameterValue('sysparm_u_phone_number')); 

      Then simply add the parameter to your URL: &sysparm_u_phone_number=1234567890
      You will want to make sure the parameter is populated in the URL at the time the Business Rule is trying to pull it (e.g. Query, Before Insert/Update, etc.) in order to ensure it can read it.

  2. For the client script code, how do the values get stored. Can you please explain the process.

    Client script:
    var myparm = getParmVal(‘sys_myparm’);
    function getParmVal(name){
    var url = document.URL.parseQuery();
    return decodeURI(url[name]);

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