PnP People Picker in the SharePoint Framework(SPFx) webpart

This article provide steps to implement the PnP Date People Picker in the SharePoint Framework (SPFx), generally People picker can be used to select one or more users from a SharePoint group or site. The control can be configured as mandatory. It will show a custom error message if field is empty.

Create a new web part project

Open power shell and run following comment to create a new web part by running the Yeoman SharePoint Generator

yo @microsoft/sharepoint

When prompted:

Enter the webpart name as your solution name, and then select Enter.
Select Create a subfolder with solution name for where to place the files.
Select Y to allow the solution to be deployed to all sites immediately.
Select N on the question if solution contains unique permissions.
Select WebPart as the client-side component type to be created.

The next set of prompts ask for specific information about your web part:

Enter your web part name, and then select Enter.
Enter your web part description, and then select Enter.
Select React framework as the framework you would like to use, and then select Enter.

Start Visual Studio Code (or your favorite code editor) within the context of the newly created project folder.

cd .\web part name\
code .

Install the library and required dependencies

npm install @pnp/sp --save
npm install @pnp/spfx-controls-react --save --save-exact

Import the library into your application, update constructor, and access the root sp object in render for PnPjs libraries.

sp.setup({spfxContext: this.props.spcontect});

Configure the custom properties

Create a new source code file under the src\webparts\spfxPnpDatetimepicker\components\ folder of the solution. Call the new file I<web part name>State.ts and use it to create a TypeScript Interface

export interface ISpfxPnpPeoplepickerState {
  SuccessMessage: string;
  UserDetails: IUserDetail[];
  selectedusers: string[];

In addition, you need to update the render method of the client-side web part to create a properly configured instance of the React component for rendering. The following code shows the updated method definition.

  public render(): void {
    const element: React.ReactElement<ISpfxPnpPeoplepickerProps> = React.createElement(
    ReactDom.render(element, this.domElement);

Update the SpfxPnpPeoplepicker.tsx file. First, add some import statements to import the types you defined earlier. Notice the import for I<web part name>Props and I<web part name>State. There are also some imports for the PnP components used to render the UI of the PnP React component and pnp sp imports.

import * as React from 'react';
import styles from './SpfxPnpPeoplepicker.module.scss';
import { ISpfxPnpPeoplepickerProps } from './ISpfxPnpPeoplepickerProps';
import { ISpfxPnpPeoplepickerState, IUserDetail } from './ISpfxPnpPeoplepickerState';
import { sp } from "@pnp/sp";
import { PeoplePicker, PrincipalType } from "@pnp/spfx-controls-react/lib/PeoplePicker";
import { autobind } from 'office-ui-fabric-react/lib/Utilities';
import "@pnp/sp/webs";
import "@pnp/sp/lists";
import "@pnp/sp/items";

Replace this render function with the following code.

  public render(): React.ReactElement<ISpfxPnpPeoplepickerProps> {
    return (
      <div className={styles.spfxPnpPeoplepicker}>
          titleText="People Picker"
          resolveDelay={1000} />
        <button className={styles.button} onClick={this._updateListItem}>Save</button>
        <label className={styles.label}>{this.state.SuccessMessage}</label>

In the selected Item event get the values and set it into the state

  private _getPeoplePickerItems(items: any[]) {
    let userarr: IUserDetail[] = [];
    items.forEach(user => {
      userarr.push({ ID:, LoginName: user.loginName });
    this.setState({ UserDetails: userarr })

Update the React component type declaration and add a constructor, as shown in the following example.

export default class SpfxPnpPeoplepicker extends React.Component<ISpfxPnpPeoplepickerProps, ISpfxPnpPeoplepickerState> {
  constructor(props: ISpfxPnpPeoplepickerProps, state: ISpfxPnpPeoplepickerState) {
      spfxContext: this.props.context
    this.state = { SuccessMessage: '', UserDetails: [],selectedusers:[] };

place the below code inside the react component code, these functions using PnPjs to get date from the SharePoint list item and save the values as well

  private async _getListItem() {
    const item: any = await sp.web.lists.getByTitle("Teams").items.getById(1).select("Title", "Team/Name").expand("Team").get();
    let usernamearr: string[] = [];
    item.Team.forEach(user => {
      selectedusers: usernamearr
  private async _updateListItem() {
    let userids: object[] = [];
    this.state.UserDetails.forEach(user => {
      userids.push({ key: user.LoginName });
    const updatedItem = await sp.web.lists.getByTitle("Teams").items.getById(1).validateUpdateListItem(
        FieldName: "Team",
        FieldValue: JSON.stringify(userids),
    this.setState({ SuccessMessage: 'Successfully saved' });

Deploy the solution

You’re now ready to build, bundle, package, and deploy the solution.

Run the gulp commands to verify that the solution builds correctly.

gulp build

Use the following command to bundle and package the solution.

gulp bundle --ship
gulp package-solution --ship

Browse to the app catalog of your target tenant and upload the solution package. You can find the solution package under the sharepoint/solution folder of your solution. It is the .sppkg file. After you upload the solution package in the app catalog. you can find and the web part anywhere across the tenant.

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If you have any questions, feel free to let me know in the comments section.
Happy coding!!!

7 thoughts on “PnP People Picker in the SharePoint Framework(SPFx) webpart

  1. This is not resolving the claims like if we put “Everyone without External Users” in a group & target for that group it is not searching users.
    Is there any solution for this?


    • Hi Ajay

      The main reason is, in the backend of control fully used email id to process many things. So if the group don’t email id then not supported. For example if you try to use everyone instead of “Everyone without External Users” then it should work, because Everyone group has an email id but “Everyone without External Users” does not have an email id

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  2. I am facing another issue while searching users by first name in pnp peoplepicker.
    I have targeted PeoplePicker to a Particular group.
    & when I am searching uses by firstname it is not working for some uesrs.

    I have tried removing those users from site collection & adding back but no luck.

    PLease let me know if I am missing any



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