How to setup SharePoint Framework development environment to develop SharePoint custom web parts and Microsoft Teams Apps
Developing custom web parts and Microsoft Teams applications with SharePoint Framework (SPFx) requires a properly configured development environment. Setting up this environment ensures that you have the necessary tools and dependencies to build powerful solutions for SharePoint and Teams platforms. In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of setting up your SharePoint Framework development environment, covering key steps such as installing Node.js, Visual Studio Code, Yeoman, and Gulp. By following these steps, you’ll be well-equipped to build and deploy custom solutions that improve collaboration and productivity in SharePoint and Teams. So, let us dive in and get your SPFx development environment up and running!
SPFX & Node JS version compatibility
Step 1 - Download and Install Node JS LTS
The local SharePoint server used for testing web parts uses HTTPS. This is developed with a self-signed developer certificate. So, we need to trust the self-signed developer certificate for our development environment.
This only needs to be done once, but it needs to be done in the SPFx project root folder. So, you can do this as soon as we have created our first client-side web part Hello world.
Run the following command in the Node JS prompt.
SPFx development environment compatibility.
With each new release of the SharePoint Framework, support for newer version libraries is constantly being added to ensure that the toolset remains up-to-date.
The following table lists SharePoint Framework and compatible versions of common tools and libraries:
Finally, setting up a SharePoint Framework development environment involves installing Node.js, Visual Studio Code, Yeoman, and Gulp. Additionally, you need to install the SharePoint Yeoman generator and trust the self-signed developer certificate for local testing. By following these steps and ensuring compatibility between SPFx and associated tools, you can create custom web parts and Microsoft Teams apps effectively and efficiently. Best wishes for your coding journey!
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