Site Info SPFX Example

This post will go over a SharePoint Framework (SPFX) webpart project using the SharePoint REST Framework. The code can be found on github. Refer to this blog post for a reference for setting up your development environment for SPFX.

SPFX Project Overview

Create the Project

mkdir site-info
cd site-info
yo @microsoft/sharepoint

Wizard Options

  • Solution Name: site-info
  • Baseline Package: SharePoint Online only
  • Target Location: Use the current folder
  • Tenant Admin: No
  • Project Type: WebPart
  • Project Name: Site Info
  • Project Description: Demo SPFX example to display the site information.
  • Framework: No Framework

Install the SharePoint REST Framework libraries

We will be using the gd-sprest libraries to get data from the REST api.

npm i --save gd-sprest gd-sprest-js

Reference the libraries

// Import the gd-sprest libraries
import { Types } from "gd-sprest";
import { $REST, Fabric } from "gd-sprest-js";
import "gd-sprest-js/build/lib/css/fabric.components.min.css";

Update the Render Method

The /src/webparts/site-info folder contains the webpart code.

// Method to render the webpart
public render(): void {
    // Set the context

    // Set the html template
    this.domElement.innerHTML = `
        <div class="${ styles.siteInfo}">
            <div class="${ styles.container}">
                <div class="${ styles.row}">
                    <div id="site-info" class="fabric ${ styles.column}">

    // Get the site info element
    this.el = this.domElement.querySelector("#site-info") as HTMLDivElement;

    // Load the information

Load Method

The load method will render a loading message until the data is loaded. We will expand the web’s content types, fields, lists and sub-webs as part of the request to the server. Once the data is loaded, we will render the web information in tabs.

// Loads the current web information
private load(url?: string) {
    // Render a spinner
        el: this.el,
        text: "Loading the Site Information"

    // Get the web information
        Expand: ["ContentTypes", "Fields", "Lists", "Webs"]
    }).execute(web => {
        // Render the tabs
            el: this.el,
            tabs: [
                    isSelected: true,
                    name: "Sub Webs",
                    content: this.renderSubWebs(web.Webs.results)
                    name: "Content Types",
                    content: this.renderContentTypes(web.ContentTypes.results)
                    name: "Fields",
                    content: this.renderFields(web.Fields.results)
                    name: "Lists",
                    content: this.renderLists(web.Lists.results)

Render Methods

Reference github for all of the code examples, but below is the render fields method. We will sort the fields by the display name, and use the Fabric “List” component to render the information.

// Renders the fields
private renderFields(fields: Array<Types.SP.IFieldResult>) {
    let items = [];

    // Sort the fields
    fields = fields.sort((a, b) => {
        if (a.Title < b.Title) { return -1; }
        if (a.Title > b.Title) { return 1; }
        return 0;

    // Parse the fields
    for (let i = 0; i < fields.length; i++) {
        let field = fields[i];

        // Add the item
            primaryText: field.Title,
            secondaryText: field.Description,
            tertiaryText: field.TypeAsString,
            metaText: field.InternalName

    // Render a list
    return Fabric.Templates.List({ items });

Tenant Workbench

Since we are requiring the site information, we’ll use the tenant workbench to test the solution.

Start Local Server

Run gulp serve --nobrowser to start your local development server to serve the webpart.

Access Workbench

Open your browser and access your tenant workbench by going to https://[tenant]

Add the WebPart

Click on the + icon to add the webpart. Add WebPart

Add Site Info WebPart

Scroll down the webpart list and select the Site Info webpart. Add Site Information WebPart

Loading Web Info

Once the webpart is added, a loading message will be displayed until the web information is loaded. Load Site Information

View List Info

The web information will be displayed in tabs. List Information

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