Gathering collection of data in property page using PnP PropertyFieldCollectionData control in SPFx

This article provides steps to Gathering collection of data in property page using PnP PropertyFieldCollectionData control in the SharePoint Framework (SPFx) web part, This property field control gives you the ability to insert a list/collection data which can be used in your web part.

The control allows you to specify multiple data types like string, number, boolean, or dropdown.

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/spfx-property-controls --save

Client side web part class

In the client side web part class file we have to import the PnP component library and have to add one new property in web part property interface for our PropertyFieldCollectionData control then pass the values into our react component.

import * as React from 'react';
import * as ReactDom from 'react-dom';
import { Version } from '@microsoft/sp-core-library';
import {
  IPropertyPaneConfiguration,
  PropertyPaneTextField
} from '@microsoft/sp-property-pane';
import { BaseClientSideWebPart } from '@microsoft/sp-webpart-base';

import * as strings from 'SpfxPnpPropertyfieldcollectiondataWebPartStrings';
import SpfxPnpPropertyfieldcollectiondata from './components/SpfxPnpPropertyfieldcollectiondata';
import { ISpfxPnpPropertyfieldcollectiondataProps } from './components/ISpfxPnpPropertyfieldcollectiondataProps';

import { PropertyFieldCollectionData, CustomCollectionFieldType } from '@pnp/spfx-property-controls/lib/PropertyFieldCollectionData';


export interface ISpfxPnpPropertyfieldcollectiondataWebPartProps {
  description: string;
  collectionData: any[];
}

export default class SpfxPnpPropertyfieldcollectiondataWebPart extends BaseClientSideWebPart<ISpfxPnpPropertyfieldcollectiondataWebPartProps> {

  public render(): void {
    const element: React.ReactElement<ISpfxPnpPropertyfieldcollectiondataProps> = React.createElement(
      SpfxPnpPropertyfieldcollectiondata,
      {
        description: this.properties.description,
        listinformation: this.properties.collectionData
      }
    );

    ReactDom.render(element, this.domElement);
  }

  protected onDispose(): void {
    ReactDom.unmountComponentAtNode(this.domElement);
  }

  protected get dataVersion(): Version {
    return Version.parse('1.0');
  }

  protected getPropertyPaneConfiguration(): IPropertyPaneConfiguration {
    return {
      pages: [
        {
          header: {
            description: strings.PropertyPaneDescription
          },
          groups: [
            {
              groupName: strings.BasicGroupName,
              groupFields: [
                PropertyPaneTextField('description', {
                  label: strings.DescriptionFieldLabel
                }),
                PropertyFieldCollectionData("collectionData", {
                  key: "collectionData",
                  label: "Links",
                  panelHeader: "links",
                  manageBtnLabel: "Manage links",
                  value: this.properties.collectionData,
                  fields: [
                    {
                      id: "LinkName",
                      title: "Name",
                      type: CustomCollectionFieldType.string,
                      required: true
                    },
                    {
                      id: "URL",
                      title: "URL",
                      type: CustomCollectionFieldType.string
                    },
                    {
                      id: "Openinnewtab",
                      title: "Open in new tab",
                      type: CustomCollectionFieldType.boolean
                    }
                  ],
                  disabled: false
                })
              ]
            }
          ]
        }
      ]
    };
  }
}

React Component Class

In the react component class file we have to do very simple changes, have to import link control and use it with the props values

import * as React from 'react';
import styles from './SpfxPnpPropertyfieldcollectiondata.module.scss';
import { ISpfxPnpPropertyfieldcollectiondataProps } from './ISpfxPnpPropertyfieldcollectiondataProps';
import { Link } from 'office-ui-fabric-react/lib/Link';

export default class SpfxPnpPropertyfieldcollectiondata extends React.Component<ISpfxPnpPropertyfieldcollectiondataProps, {}> {
  public render(): React.ReactElement<ISpfxPnpPropertyfieldcollectiondataProps> {
    return (
      <div className={styles.spfxPnpPropertyfieldcollectiondata}>
        <h2>{this.props.description}</h2>
        {this.props.listinformation &&
          <ul>
            {this.props.listinformation.map(function (linkinfo, i) {
              return <li><Link target={linkinfo.Openinnewtab ? '_blank' : '_self'} href={linkinfo.URL}>{linkinfo.LinkName}</Link></li>
            })}
          </ul>
        }
      </div>
    );
  }
}

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!!!

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