Getting Started with Syncfusion JavaScript (Essential JS 2) library and SharePoint Framework (SPFx)

31 May 20234 minutes to read

This article provides a step-by-step introduction to configure Syncfusion JavaScript (Essential JS 2) library and build a simple SharePoint framework application in Visual Studio Code.


Setup development environment

1.Create a new directory ej2-sharepoint, open the command prompt from that directory, and install the required SharePoint client-side development tools with global flag.

on Windows:
    npm install -g yo gulp @microsoft/generator-sharepoint
    sudo npm install -g yo gulp @microsoft/generator-sharepoint
> The Yeoman SharePoint web part generator [`@microsoft/generator-sharepoint`]( helps to create a SharePoint client-side project using [`Yeoman`]( tool.

2.Then, create a new client-side web part by running the Yeoman SharePoint Generator.

    yo @microsoft/sharepoint

3.Set up the following options when the above command is prompted.

1. Accept the default **ej-2-sharepoint** as your solution name, and then press the <kbd>Enter</kbd> key.
2. Choose **SharePoint Online only (latest)**, and press the <kbd>Enter</kbd> key.
3. Choose **Use the current folder** to place the files in current location, and press the <kbd>Enter</kbd> key.
4. Type **N** to require the extension to be installed on each site explicitly when it is being used.
5. Choose **WebPart** as the client-side component type to be created.

Next, it will ask the specific information about the web part.

1. Change the **ButtonComponent** as your web part name, and then press the <kbd>Enter</kbd> key.
2. Accept the default **ButtonComponent description** as your web part description, and then press the <kbd>Enter</kbd> key.
3. Accept the default **No javascript framework** as the framework, and then press the <kbd>Enter</kbd> key.

ej2 spfx setup

4.After configuring the above setup, the Yeoman generator will create the SharePoint client-side web part under ej2-sharepoint folder and install the required default dependencies.

Configure Syncfusion JavaScript UI control in application

1.Install the @syncfusion/ej2 npm package in the application using the following command line.

    npm install @syncfusion/ej2 --save

2.Open the SharePoint application in Visual Studio Code, and add the Syncfusion JavaScript Button control script and styles in the ~/src/webparts/buttonComponent/ButtonComponentWebPart.ts file.

1. Import the Button source and add Syncfusion JavaScript style reference at the top of the file.
2. Add the HTML button element in `this.domElement.innerHTML`, and initialize the Syncfusion JavaScript Button in the `render()` method of `ButtonComponentWebPart` class.

    import styles from './ButtonComponentWebPart.module.scss';
    import * as strings from 'ButtonComponentWebPartStrings';

    // import Essential JS 2 Button
    import { Button } from '@syncfusion/ej2-buttons';

    // add Syncfusion Essential JS 2 style reference from node_modules


    export default class ButtonComponentWebPart extends BaseClientSideWebPart<IButtonComponentWebPartProps> {

        public render(): void {
        this.domElement.innerHTML = `
            <div class="${ styles.buttonComponent }">

                <!--HTML button element, which is going to render as Essential JS 2 Button-->
                <button id="normalbtn">Essential JS 2 Button</button>

            // initialize button control
            let button: Button = new Button();

            // render initialized button


3.Run the application using the following command line, and the Syncfusion JavaScript Button control will be rendered in web browser.

    gulp serve
Click the `Add a new web part in column one`.

ej2 spfx initial view

Select the `ButtonComponent` web part.

ej2 spfx button web part

Finally, the Syncfusion JavaScript Button control is rendered in the SharePoint Framework client-side web part.

ej2 spfx button rendered