SPFx WebPart Disappearing

This post will go over an odd “bug” where SPFx webparts may be removed from the page.

Overview of Issue

When adding a webpart to a page and setting its properties, I noticed that it would disappear after refreshing the page. My webpart property was storing a JSON configuration in a multi-line text field property. I was able to save the page, which seemed like the webpart page saved correctly; but after refreshing the page it was removed. When you edit the page, you will see a very helpful message:

We're sorry, we encountered an unexpected error. Please refresh the page and try again.

I’ve tried to search on this issue, but was unable to find anything. Further testing pointed my issue to my SPFx webpart properties, so I thought it was my code. It was actually the value I was putting in there. This post will go over this issue by recreating it in a basic “Hello World” solution.

Overview of Solution

For those who don’t want to read the entire post. You can’t use the double brackets ([[ ]]) within HTML for a text webpart property value.

Create Solution

For this example, I’m going to use the offical Hello World solution from Microsoft. Below are the properties I used:

  • Which type of client-side component to create?: WebPart
  • What is your Web part name?: TestPropertyBug
  • Which template would you like to use?: No framework

Update WebPart Properties

The first step is to update the webpart properties. I wanted to test both the single line and multi-line text properties. We will use the default Description property for the single line text, but will need to add a multi-line option for this test.

Update Strings

Update the following files to add the new Configuration webpart property.


Add the ConfigurationFieldLabel property.

define([], function() {
  return {
    "PropertyPaneDescription": "Description",
    "BasicGroupName": "Group Name",
    "ConfigurationFieldLabel": "Configuration Field",
    "DescriptionFieldLabel": "Description Field",
    "AppLocalEnvironmentSharePoint": "The app is running on your local environment as SharePoint web part",
    "AppLocalEnvironmentTeams": "The app is running on your local environment as Microsoft Teams app",
    "AppSharePointEnvironment": "The app is running on SharePoint page",
    "AppTeamsTabEnvironment": "The app is running in Microsoft Teams"


Add the ConfigurationFieldLabel property.

declare interface ITestPropertyBugWebPartStrings {
  PropertyPaneDescription: string;
  BasicGroupName: string;
  ConfigurationFieldLabel: string;
  DescriptionFieldLabel: string;
  AppLocalEnvironmentSharePoint: string;
  AppLocalEnvironmentTeams: string;
  AppSharePointEnvironment: string;
  AppTeamsTabEnvironment: string;

declare module 'TestPropertyBugWebPartStrings' {
  const strings: ITestPropertyBugWebPartStrings;
  export = strings;
Update WebPart Code

In the main webpart code, we will make the following updates.


Add the configuration property to store the new multi-line property value.

export interface ITestPropertyBugWebPartProps {
  configuration: string;
  description: string;

WebPart Property Configuration Pane

The next step is to add the new configuration multi-line property to the configuration.

protected getPropertyPaneConfiguration(): IPropertyPaneConfiguration {
  return {
    pages: [
        header: {
          description: strings.PropertyPaneDescription
        groups: [
            groupName: strings.BasicGroupName,
            groupFields: [
              PropertyPaneTextField('description', {
                label: strings.DescriptionFieldLabel
              PropertyPaneTextField('configuration', {
                label: strings.ConfigurationFieldLabel,
                multiline: true,
                rows: 15


You don’t need to add this option, but if you would like to disable reactive changes add the following code to the file.

protected get disableReactivePropertyChanges(): boolean { return true; }


The last step is to update the render method to include the configuration property. We will just render the value under the description value.

  public render(): void {
    this.domElement.innerHTML = `
    <section class="${styles.testPropertyBug} ${!!this.context.sdks.microsoftTeams ? styles.teams : ''}">
      <div class="${styles.welcome}">
        <img alt="" src="${this._isDarkTheme ? require('./assets/welcome-dark.png') : require('./assets/welcome-light.png')}" class="${styles.welcomeImage}" />
        <h2>Well done, ${escape(this.context.pageContext.user.displayName)}!</h2>
        <div>Web part property <strong>description</strong>: ${escape(this.properties.description)}</div>
        <div>Web part property <strong>configuration</strong>: ${escape(this.properties.configuration)}</div>
        <h3>Welcome to SharePoint Framework!</h3>
        The SharePoint Framework (SPFx) is a extensibility model for Microsoft Viva, Microsoft Teams and SharePoint. It's the easiest way to extend Microsoft 365 with automatic Single Sign On, automatic hosting and industry standard tooling.
        <h4>Learn more about SPFx development:</h4>
          <ul class="${styles.links}">
            <li><a href="https://aka.ms/spfx" target="_blank">SharePoint Framework Overview</a></li>
            <li><a href="https://aka.ms/spfx-yeoman-graph" target="_blank">Use Microsoft Graph in your solution</a></li>
            <li><a href="https://aka.ms/spfx-yeoman-teams" target="_blank">Build for Microsoft Teams using SharePoint Framework</a></li>
            <li><a href="https://aka.ms/spfx-yeoman-viva" target="_blank">Build for Microsoft Viva Connections using SharePoint Framework</a></li>
            <li><a href="https://aka.ms/spfx-yeoman-store" target="_blank">Publish SharePoint Framework applications to the marketplace</a></li>
            <li><a href="https://aka.ms/spfx-yeoman-api" target="_blank">SharePoint Framework API reference</a></li>
            <li><a href="https://aka.ms/m365pnp" target="_blank">Microsoft 365 Developer Community</a></li>

Test Solution

Update the config/serve.json file with your tenant url information, and run gulp serve to test out the solution. Below is what you should see:

Gulp Serve

Deploy to App Catalog

Run the following commands to package the solution.

gulp clean --ship
gulp build --ship
gulp bundle --ship
gulp package-solution --ship

Once the package is created, upload it to the tenant app catalog and deploy it. To simplify the deployment, I made the solution available to all sites immediately. This will skip the step to “Add an App” to the test site we will use.

Test WebPart

Create a modern Site Page and publish it for now.

Create Page

Test Steps

These are the test steps taken for each example.

  1. Edit the Page
  2. Set the property
  3. Click on Apply to save the properties
  4. Click on Save as Draft or Republish to save the page and return to Display mode
  5. Refresh the page (Ctrl+F5)
  6. Validate the webpart is still on the page
Test Single-Line Issue

[Pass] Test 1 - Plain Text

This is a test.

Single Test 1

[Pass] Test 2 - Use of [[ ]]

This is a [[test]].

Single Test 2

[Fail] Test 3 - Use of [[ ]] within HTML

<p>This is a [[test]].</p>

Single Test 3

When you edit the page, you will see the following error:

Error Message

Test Multi-Line Issue

[Pass] Test 1 - Use of [[ ]]

This is a test for storing [[values]] with a bracket around it.

Multi Test 1

[Pass] Test 2 - Use of [[ ]] within Quotes

"This is a test for storing [[values]] with a bracket around it."

Multi Test 2

[Pass] Test 3 - Use of [[ ]] within JSON

  "test": "This is a test for storing [[values]] with a bracket around it."

Multi Test 3

[Fail] Test 4 - Use of [[ ]] within HTML and JSON

  "test": "<p>This is a test for storing [[values]] with a bracket around it.</p>"

Multi Test 4

When you edit the page, you will see the following error:

Error Message

[Pass] Test 5 - Use of [ ] within HTML and JSON

  "test": "<p>This is a test for storing [values] with a bracket around it.</p>"

Multi Test 5


The overall bug is when you use double brackets ([[ ]]) within HTML. If you use single brackets ([ ]) within HTML, it will work fine. I hope this helps others out who may have run across this issue.

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