People-Picker component in the Microsoft Graph Toolkit

You can use the mgt-people-picker web component to search for people and/or groups. By default, the component will search for all people and users in the organization, but you can change the behavior to also search for groups, or only groups. You can also filter the search to a specific group.


The following example shows the mgt-people-picker component. Start searching for a name to see the results render and use the code editor to see how properties change the behavior of the component.

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By default, the mgt-people-picker component fetches people from the /me/people and /users endpoints. Use the following attributes to change this behavior.

Attribute Property Description
show-max showMax A number value to indicate the maximum number of people to show. the default value is 6.
group-id groupId A string value that belongs to a Microsoft Graph defined group for further filtering of the search results.
type type The type of entities to search for. Available options are: person, group, any. Default value is person. This attribute has no effect if group-id property is set.
transitive-search transitiveSearch A Boolean value to perform a transitive search returning a flat list of all nested members - by default transitive search is not used.
group-type groupType The group type to search for. Available options are: unified, security, mailenabledsecurity, distribution, any. Default value is any. This attribute has no effect if the type property is set to person.
selected-people selectedPeople An array of selected people. Set this value to select people programmatically.
people people An array of people found and rendered in the search result
placeholder placeholder The default text that appears to explain how to use the component. Default value is Start typing a name.
default-selected-user-ids defaultSelectedUserIds When provided a string of comma-separated Microsoft Graph user IDs, the component renders the respective users as selected upon initialization.
selection-mode selectionMode Used to indicate whether to allow selecting multiple items (users or groups) or just a single item. Available options are: single, multiple. Default value is multiple.
disabled disabled Sets whether the people picker is disabled. When disabled, the user is not able to search or select people.

The following is a show-max example.

<mgt-people-picker show-max="4"> </mgt-people-picker>

Selected people

The selected people section of the component renders each person chosen by the developer or user.


You can populate selected people data by doing one of the following:

  • Setting the selectedPeople property directly, as shown in the following example.

    // personObject = User or Person from Microsoft Graph
  • Using the selectUsersById() method, which accepts an array of Microsoft graph user ids to find associated user details for selection.

    Note: If no user is found for an id, no data will be rendered for that id.

    // id = Microsoft graph User "id"


The following events are fired from the component.

Event Description
selectionChanged The user added or removed a person from the list of selected/picked people.

CSS custom properties

The mgt-people-picker component defines the following CSS custom properties.

mgt-people-picker {
    --input-border: 2px rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.5) solid; /* sets all input area border */

      /* OR individual input border sides */
    --input-border-bottom: 2px rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.5) solid;
    --input-border-right: 2px rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.5) solid;
    --input-border-left: 2px rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.5) solid;
    --input-border-top: 2px rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.5) solid;

    --input-background-color: #1f1f1f; /* input area background color */
    --input-border-color--hover: #008394; /* input area border hover color */
    --input-border-color--focus: #0f78d4; /* input area border focus color */

    --dropdown-background-color: #1f1f1f; /* selection area background color */
    --dropdown-item-hover-background: #333d47; /* person background color on hover */
    --selected-person-background-color: #f1f1f1; /* person item background color */
    --color: white; /* input area border focus color */
    --placeholder-color: #f1f1f1; /* placeholder text color */
    --placeholder-color--focus: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.8); /* placeholder text focus color */


mgt-people-picker supports several templates that you can use to replace certain parts of the component. To specify a template, include a <template> element inside a component and set the data-type value to one of the following.

Data type Data context Description
default null: no data The template used to override the rendering of the entire component.
loading null: no data The template used to render the state of picker while request to graph is being made.
error null: no data The template used if user search returns no users.
no-data null: no data An alternative template used if user search returns no users.
selected-person person: The person details object The template to render selected people.
person person: The person details object The template to render people in the dropdown.

The following examples shows how to use the error template.

  <template data-type="error">
    <p>Sorry, no people were found</p>

Microsoft Graph permissions

This component uses the following Microsoft Graph APIs and permissions.

API Permission
/me/people People.Read
/users User.ReadBasic.All
/groups Group.Read.All
/groups/${groupId}/members GroupMember.Read.All
/users/${userPrincipleName} User.Read


The control uses the global authentication provider described in the authentication documentation.

Extend for more control

For more complex scenarios or a truly custom UX, this component exposes several protected render* methods for override in component extensions.

Method Description
renderInput Renders the input text box.
renderSelectedPeople Renders the selected people tokens.
renderSelectedPerson Renders an individual person token.
renderFlyout Renders the flyout chrome.
renderFlyoutContent Renders the appropriate state in the results flyout.
renderLoading Renders the loading state.
renderNoData Renders the state when no results are found for the search query.
renderSearchResults Renders the list of search results.
renderPersonResult Renders an individual person search result.