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FolderExplorer control

This control allows you to explore a folder structure by clinking on a folder to load it's sub-folders and using a breadcrumb navigation to navigate back to a previous level. It also allows the user to create a new folder at the current level being explored.

Here is an example of the control:


FolderExplorer folder creation:

FolderExplorer add folder

How to use this control in your solutions

  • Check that you installed the @pnp/spfx-controls-react dependency. Check out the getting started page for more information about installing the dependency.
  • Import the control into your component:
import { FolderExplorer, IFolder } from "@pnp/spfx-controls-react/lib/FolderExplorer";
  • Use the FolderExplorer control in your code as follows:
<FolderExplorer context={this.props.context}
                  Name: 'Documents',
                  ServerRelativeUrl: `/sites/TestSite/Shared Documents`
                  Name: 'Documents',
                  ServerRelativeUrl: `/sites/TestSite/Shared Documents`
                canCreateFolders={true} />
  • The onSelect change event returns the selected folder and can be implemented as follows:
private _onFolderSelect = (folder: IFolder): void => {
  console.log('selected folder', folder);


The FolderExplorer control can be configured with the following properties:

Property Type Required Description
context BaseComponentContext yes The context object of the SPFx loaded webpart or customizer.
siteAbsoluteUrl string no The absolute url of the target site. Only required if not the current site.
rootFolder IFolder yes The lowest level folder that can be explored. This can be the root folder of a library. If site url is provided, it will allow the user to select a document library
defaultFolder IFolder yes The default folder to be explored.
canCreateFolders boolean no Allow current user to create folders on the target location. If enabled, you need to ensure that the user has the required permissions.
hiddenBreadcrumb boolean no Hide the breadcrumb control.
initialBreadcrumbItems IBreadcrumbItem no Additional items to be added to the beginning of the breadcrumb.
hiddenFilterBox boolean no Hide the filter box
onSelect (folder: IFolder): void no Callback function called after a folder is selected.
orderby string no The name of the folder field on which to sort. Name will be used as default. Other examples: Name, TimeCreated, TimeLastModified
orderAscending boolean no If set to true, results will be sorted in ascending order. Otherwise, descending will be used as default