SPFx React Controls – SiteBreadcrumb Control

Today I want to show you second SPFx React Control – SiteBreadcrumb Control. With this control we can get breadcrumbs for our SharePoint Online page or site.

We can start with new SPFx project:

yo @microsoft/sharepoint

Select Extension as client-side component.

After project is created, install next dependency to your project. This is for SPFx React Controls.

npm install @pnp/spfx-controls-react --save --save-exact

Open project within Visual Studio Code.

code .

Go to config/config.json file and add the following line to the localizedResources property:

"ControlStrings": "./node_modules/@pnp/spfx-controls-react/lib/loc/{locale}.js"
Create new folder named components on src/extensions/helloWorld path. Create three new files in that folder:
  • HelloWorld.module.scss
  • HelloWorld.tsx
  • IHelloWorldProps.ts
Open IHelloWorldProps.ts file and create interface for our React component:
import ApplicationCustomizerContext from '@microsoft/sp-application-base/lib/extensibility/ApplicationCustomizerContext';

export interface IHelloWorldProps {
    context: ApplicationCustomizerContext;
Open HelloWorld.module.scss file and insert this simple style for our breadcrumb:
.helloWorld {
    background-color: lightblue;
    padding: 5px;
Then open HelloWorld.tsx file and create React component class for breadcrumb with render method and SiteBreadcrumb element inside it.
import * as React from 'react';
import styles from './HelloWorld.module.scss';
import { IHelloWorldProps } from './IHelloWorldProps';
import { SiteBreadcrumb } from "@pnp/spfx-controls-react/lib/SiteBreadcrumb";

export default class HelloWorld extends React.Component<IHelloWorldProps, {}> {
  public render(): React.ReactElement<IHelloWorldProps> {
    return (
        <div className={ styles.helloWorld }>
            <SiteBreadcrumb context={this.props.context} />
Open main TypeScript file from src folder where you have class extended from
BaseApplicationCustomizer (in my case is HelloWorldApplicationCustomizer.ts file).
Add import statement for React, ReactDom and previously created HelloWorld React component.
import * as React from 'react';
import * as ReactDom from 'react-dom';

import HelloWorld from './components/HelloWorld';

Create _topPlaceholder variable and _onDispose function inside class:

private _topPlaceholder: PlaceholderContent | undefined;

private _onDispose(): void {
    console.log('[HelloWorldApplicationCustomizer._onDispose] Disposed custom nav placeholders.');

And modify existing onInit() method with searching for Top placeholder and creating React element inside it from previously created React component:

public onInit(): Promise<void> {

    if (!this._topPlaceholder) {
      this._topPlaceholder =
          { onDispose: this._onDispose });

      // The extension should not assume that the expected placeholder is available.
      if (!this._topPlaceholder) {
        console.error('The expected placeholder (Top) was not found.');

      const element: React.ReactElement<IHelloWorldApplicationCustomizerProperties> = React.createElement(
          context: this.context
      ReactDom.render(element, this._topPlaceholder.domElement);

    return Promise.resolve();

This is all folks. Run next command to serve our breadcrumb SPFx extension:

gulp serve --nobrowser

Go to one of your SharePoint Online modern site and append the following query string:


[ Complete code on GitHub ]

Gašper Rupnik


2 thoughts on “SPFx React Controls – SiteBreadcrumb Control

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  1. Hi, i have tested the code and it work perfectly in debug mode. But when deployed to my tenant i don’t see the breadcrumb. I am using a modern team site,can you help on this please

  2. One key update to this great article. Looks like there is some change in the way ApplicationCustomizerContext import is done in SPFx v1.5.1 compared to the way it was done at the time of this article. If you’re getting an error on assigning context:

    const element: React.ReactElement = React.createElement(
    context: this.context

    Modify your import statement in the IHelloWorldProps.ts file as below:

    import { ApplicationCustomizerContext } from “@microsoft/sp-application-base”;

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