3D Tag Cloud in the SharePoint Framework (SPFx) web part

This article provide steps to implement the 3D Tag Cloud in the SharePoint Framework (SPFx) web part, generally 3D Tag Cloud is a very small and CSS-less jQuery plugin for drawing a 3D, interactive, SVG based and fully customizable sphere tag cloud from an array of html links. In this article we getting data from the SharePoint list.

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 i 3d-word-cloud

Configure the custom properties

We 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<ISpfxJquery3DtagcloudProps> = React.createElement(
        description: this.properties.description,
    ReactDom.render(element, this.domElement);

Update the <web part name>.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 './SpfxJquery3Dtagcloud.module.scss';
import { ISpfxJquery3DtagcloudProps } from './ISpfxJquery3DtagcloudProps';
import svg3DTagCloud from '3d-word-cloud';
import { sp } from "@pnp/sp";
import "@pnp/sp/webs";
import "@pnp/sp/lists";
import "@pnp/sp/items";
import { autobind } from 'office-ui-fabric-react/lib/Utilities';

Replace this render function with the following code.

  public render(): React.ReactElement<ISpfxJquery3DtagcloudProps> {
    return (
      <div className={styles.spfxJquery3Dtagcloud}>
        <div id={'holder'}></div>

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

export default class SpfxJquery3Dtagcloud extends React.Component<ISpfxJquery3DtagcloudProps, {}> {
  constructor(props: ISpfxJquery3DtagcloudProps, any) {
      spfxContext: this.props.context

Add below functions inside the react component to get value from the SharePoint list and initialise the svg3DTagCloud component

  private async _getLinks() {
    const allItems: any[] = await sp.web.lists.getByTitle("3DTags").items.getAll();
    var entries = [];
    allItems.forEach(element => {
      entries.push({ label: element.URL.Description, url: element.URL.Url, target: '_top' });

    const settings = {
      entries: entries,
      width: 480,
      height: 480,
      radius: '65%',
      radiusMin: 75,
      bgDraw: true,
      bgColor: '#fff',
      opacityOver: 1.00,
      opacityOut: 0.05,
      opacitySpeed: 6,
      fov: 800,
      speed: 1,
      fontFamily: 'Oswald, Arial, sans-serif',
      fontSize: '15',
      fontColor: '#111',
      fontWeight: 'normal',//bold
      fontStyle: 'normal',//italic 
      fontStretch: 'normal',//wider, narrower, ultra-condensed, extra-condensed, condensed, semi-condensed, semi-expanded, expanded, extra-expanded, ultra-expanded
      fontToUpperCase: true,
      tooltipFontFamily: 'Oswald, Arial, sans-serif',
      tooltipFontSize: '11',
      tooltipFontColor: '#111',
      tooltipFontWeight: 'normal',//bold
      tooltipFontStyle: 'normal',//italic 
      tooltipFontStretch: 'normal',//wider, narrower, ultra-condensed, extra-condensed, condensed, semi-condensed, semi-expanded, expanded, extra-expanded, ultra-expanded
      tooltipFontToUpperCase: false,
      tooltipTextAnchor: 'left',
      tooltipDiffX: 0,
      tooltipDiffY: 10,
      animatingSpeed: 0.01,
      animatingRadiusLimit: 1.3
    new svg3DTagCloud(document.getElementById('holder'), settings);

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!!!

3 thoughts on “3D Tag Cloud in the SharePoint Framework (SPFx) web part

  1. Hello,

    First of all, thank you for your incredible work! :)

    Just wanted to ask you about the URLs. I can’t manage to make them work, they don’t appear as clickable. How are you supposed to access them?

    Thank you again,
    Kind regards!



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