Most efficient way to get all sub sites under a site collection/sub site using JSOM?

For the question lets assume the following site hierarchy

Root Site

Sub Site 01

Sub Site 0101
Sub Site 0102

Sub Site 010201

Sub Site 02
Sub Site 03

Sub Site 0301

Now if I want to get all these sub site object in an array, what would be the best approach.

PS – rootWeb.get_webs() would return me just the immediate child sub sites. This would require me the make a recursive async call to each child sub site to get further down the hierarchy. I m guessing this will have performance issues and callback challenges.



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How to retrieve all web sites under a site collection using SharePoint JSOM

The following function demonstrates how to recursively retrieve all sub sites:

function getAllWebs(success,error)
var ctx = SP.ClientContext.get_current();
var web = ctx.get_site().get_rootWeb();
var result = [];
var level = 0;
var getAllWebsInner = function(web,result,success,error)
var ctx = web.get_context();
var webs = web.get_webs();
for(var i = 0; i < webs.get_count();i++){ var web = webs.getItemAtIndex(i); result.push(web); if(web.get_webs().get_count() > 0) {
if (level == 0 && success)




for(var i = 0; i < allwebs.length;i++){ console.log(allwebs[i].get_title()); } }, function(sendera,args){ console.log(args.get_message()); });      Short of writing your own endpoint to expose the AllWebs property of the SPSite object, this recursion is the best/only way - so you should probably avoid it if your site is too nested and load the sub sites on demand – Choggo Feb 2 '15 at 13:10 1   @Vadim, Thanks for the code. – bkk Feb 3 '15 at 12:19      @Choggo I agree with your comment about the highly nested site hierarchy. This is my concern. I was wondering if there is any better way to get all sub site under a site (read as web). Just a thought, Will search api suit better? – bkk Feb 3 '15 at 12:22 1   The search API is a good idea (but has a limit of 500 items per page - might not be a problema). If you are on premise, you can write a REST service to return the information for you, as well. – Choggo Feb 3 '15 at 12:33