Set up your SharePoint Framework development environment

You can use Visual Studio or your own custom development environment to build SharePoint Framework solutions. You can use a Mac, PC, or Linux.

Note

Before following the steps in this article, be sure to Set up your Office 365 tenant.

You can also follow these steps by watching this video on the SharePoint PnP YouTube Channel:

Install developer tools

Install NodeJS

Install NodeJS LTS version 10.

  • If you are in Windows, you can use the msi installers in this link for the easiest way to set up NodeJS.
  • If you have NodeJS already installed, check that you have the latest version by using node -v. It should return the current LTS version.

Important

The current supported LTS version of NodeJS for the SharePoint Framework is both Node.js v8.x and Node.js v10.x. Notice that 9.x or 11.x versions are currently not supported with SharePoint Framework development.

Note

If you are building SharePoint Framework components for SharePoint Server 2016, refer to additional details in the SPFx & SharePoint Server 2016 section for additional details on which version of NodeJS you should install.

Install a code editor

You can use any code editor or IDE that supports client-side development to build your web part, such as:

The steps and examples in this documentation use Visual Studio Code, but you can use any editor of your choice.

Install Yeoman and gulp

Yeoman helps you kick-start new projects, and prescribes best practices and tools to help you stay productive. SharePoint client-side development tools include a Yeoman generator for creating new web parts. The generator provides common build tools, common boilerplate code, and a common playground website to host web parts for testing.

Enter the following command to install Yeoman and gulp:

npm install -g yo gulp

Install Yeoman SharePoint generator

The Yeoman SharePoint web part generator helps you quickly create a SharePoint client-side solution project with the right toolchain and project structure.

To install the SharePoint Framework Yeoman generator globally, enter the following command:

npm install -g @microsoft/generator-sharepoint

For more information about the Yeoman SharePoint generator, see Scaffold projects by using Yeoman SharePoint generator.

Trusting the self-signed developer certificate

The SharePoint Framework's local webserver, used when testing your custom solutions from your development environment, uses HTTPS by default. This is implemented using a development self-signed SSL certificate. Self-signed SSL certificates are not trusted by your developer environment. You must first configure your development environment to trust the certificate.

A utility task is included in every SharePoint Framework project in the form of a gulp task. You can elect to do this now, or wait until you create your first project as covered in the Build your first SharePoint client-side web part (Hello World part 1): Preview the web part tutorial.

Once a project has been created with the Yeoman generator for the SharePoint Framework, execute the following command from within the root folder of the project.

gulp trust-dev-cert

Note

This assumes you have installed all dependencies with npm install after creating the project. This step will install all gulp tasks as part of a project.

Optional tools

Following are some tools that might come in handy as well:

SPFx & SharePoint Server 2016

SharePoint Server 2016 uses the SharePoint Framework (SPFx) v1.1. Around this the time of the v1.1 release, NodeJS was transitioning from NodeJS v6.x to v8.x. In this update, NodeJS introduced a change where the default HTTP protocol switched from HTTP1 to HTTP2. SPFx v1.1 was written for HTTP1, not HTTP2, so this change impacted the local web server for SPFx v1.1 projects.

In NodeJS v8.x, you can force HTTP1 by setting the following environment variable to instruct NodeJS to use HTTP1 instead of the default HTTP2: NODE_NO_HTTP2=1. This environment variable only exists in NodeJS v8.x. Therefore, if you are building SPFx solutions for SharePoint Server 2016, you should use NodeJS v8.x.

This issue does not impact later versions of SPFx because they have been updated to support HTTPs.

For more information, refer to issue #1002.

Next steps

You are now ready to build your first client-side web part!

Troubleshooting

Unable to Trust the Self-signed Development Certificate

If you are working with SharePoint Server 2016 / SPFx v1.1, first check the SPFx & SharePoint Server 2016 section above to ensure you are running a supported version of NodeJS.

In some cases, executing the command gulp trust-dev-cert, does not have the desired effect of trusting the self-signed development certificate on your machine. In rare cases such as these, you may need to delete a hidden folder that's generated in your profile folder. Locate & delete the folder <homedir>/.gcb-serve-data and then try to trust the self-signed development certificate again.

Unable to Install Packages with NPM - Corporate Proxies

If your development environment is behind a corporate proxy, you need to configure NPM to use that proxy. Refer to the npm-config documents on how to configure your development environment behind a corporate proxy... specifically the proxy & http-proxy settings. More information: How to setup Node.js and Npm behind a corporate web proxy

Note

If you find an issue in the documentation or in the SharePoint Framework, report that to SharePoint engineering by using the issue list at sp-dev-docs repository. Thanks for your input in advance.