Friday, 5 January 2018

Use Azure Functions as remote event receiver in SharePoint

SharePoint webhooks are a new way of building event receivers for SharePoint. However, webhooks are only enabled for SharePoint list items at the time of writing this.

Recently I was required to write a event receiver for ListAdded event in a web. I decided to try and use Azure functions to achieve this instead of writing the traditional provider hosted app remote event receiver. Came across this great post  from Sergei Sergeev for reference.

Lets create a ListAdded event receiver using Azure Functions.

To Begin with, create a Azure Function project in Visual Studio and created a Function App in Azure through the Azure Portal. Add a function to the function app and select the HTTP trigger type of function since the event receiver needs to send the event payload to a HTTP endpoint. Publish your Azure function to the function app created through Azure Portal. The Azure function is now ready to receive events from SharePoint.

The Azure Function will have an endpoint. This can be fetched by clicking on the function in the Azure portal and clicking on the Get function URL link

The URL will look something like this :


The domain may be different based on your tenant configurations. We need the domain part of this URL in the next steps.

Now we need to register a event receiver on a WEB in SharePoint. We will use a simple console app for this. The console app will use SharePoint App credentials. So, head over to the "/_layouts/AppRegNew.aspx" page in your site and register a new app. Remember to provide the domain of this app as the domain of your event receiver Azure function noted above. We will need this in the future. Provide full control permissions to this APP on the site collection.

Here is the code for installing an event receiver on the web. Replace receiverAzureFuncUrl, webUrl, ClientID and ClientSecret and run the console app. The console app users PnP Sites Core to get app-only client context.

Now the Azure function is ready to receive event of a list being added to the WEB. We need one more thing in our code and that is "TokenHelper". This is used to validate the context token received in the event payload and communicate with SharePoint through from within Azure function (which is our event receiver). I created a class library project in my Azure Function solution in Visual Studio and installed the "AppForSharePointOnlineWebToolKit" nuget package. Add a reference of this class library in your Azure Function APP project

NOTE : I had to add the reference of the DLL of this class library. Adding the project reference made the publish operation to fail.

Since the token helper fetches the ClientID and ClientSecret from webconfig, modify the code to fetch these values from the Azure Function APP settings.

Change the code of your Azure function to handle the incoming request from List Added event. This code reads the event payload and parses the XML to fetch the values that are of our interest. You can log the entire XML and see what are the values received through the Event payload. Once we have the "ContextToken" string, we can Validate the token and also get the client context of the site using "TokenHelper".  The "GetClientContextWithContextToken" method internally validates the token as well.

Hope this helps !

Friday, 24 November 2017

Graph API : Get all the Office 365 Groups Owned by a user

There is a Graph API endpoint to get all the Office 365 Groups a user is Member of. The filter is used to get only the Office 365 Groups.

I wanted to retrieve all the Groups that a user owns, however there is no "ownerOf" endpoint. The endpoint ownedObjects can be used to retrieve this data. 

For the current user :

For a specific user : 

However this endpoint returns all the directory objects the user is owner of.  When I tried to $filter on this endpoint, it did not work ! Through the Graph explorer it appears that at the time of writing this, $filter to this endpoint is not currently supported.  So you may just have to retrieve all the data that is returned and then filter on the "groupTypes" property of the group object in your application code.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Custom action term set navigation for SharePoint reusing the SPFx extension sample

There is a great SharePoint Framework extensions sample for navigation using the term store on GitHub . However this can only be used on the Modern pages. I tried to re-use the code of this component to build a custom action that can be used on the classic pages to provide a similar functionality.

Here is the custom action code on GitHub

  • In this, the SPFx specific code is replaced with relevant code that would run on classic pages. The extensions sample uses SPHttpClient and the Context object of SPFx. This has been replaced to use Axios NPM module to make HTTP calls. (SPTermStoreService.ts file changed)
  • The TenantGlobalNavBarApplicationCustomizer.ts has been changed to load the navigation bar when the SharePoint page loads. The SPFx extensions specific code is removed 
  • The modern pages already have react, so the SPFx components when bundled do not include react and react-dom. However, this custom action bundles react and react-dom as well in the final bundle. So there is a custom gulpfile.js with this project that uses Microsoft/gulp-core-build to compile the Typescript and SASS files 
  • The final bundle is generate using webpack through a gulp task.

More details in the GitHub documentation

Monday, 30 October 2017

Work with Multi-value lookup fields in Microsoft Flow and SharePoint - Part 2

Part I of this post explains a couple of limitations of working with Microsoft Flow and SharePoint Multi-value lookup field.

Work with Multi-value lookup fields in Microsoft flow and SharePoint - Part 2

To overcome the challenge I decided to use SharePoint REST API to retrieve the field values. As you may already know, flow provides HTTP Trigger action which we can use to call the SharePoint REST API. The idea is to get an access token and retrieve the values through this HTTP trigger action. There are two great posts that helped me get an Access token, SharePoint scribblings and Shantha Kumar's blog

To start with, register an app in your SharePoint site through the "_layouts/15/AppRegNew.aspx" page. Provide the appropriate permissions so that it can access the multi-value lookup field data.

You'll have the client ID and client secret of the app. Also find out the TenantID of the tenant you are working on.

We create a new flow which is triggered when a new Item is created. Initialize the variables TenantID, ClientID, ClientSecret and a placeholder variable for AccessToken.

Next, add a HTTP trigger action, to get the access token

The body of this request is of the format


Run the flow once till this step and see the history of the execution. Copy the body of the response. We will need it in the next steps.

Now we return to our flow and add a parse JSON action. Provide the "Content" as the body of the response from the previous HTTP trigger action. Use the body value copied in the previous step and paste it in the "Use sample payload to generate schema". This provides parse JSON action a sample format of the JSON that must be parsed.

Once this step executes, we are ready to use the access token. Next, use another HTTP trigger action to call SharePoint REST endpoint (here I have used a hard coded item ID) and retrieve the multi-value lookup field values. Along with the Title, you may also want to retrieve the ID of the looks. That might help you query other lists where these values may have been used.

The results show the lookup values that were selected for the item.

Now, we can then use these values as we would like to

Work with Multi-value lookup fields in Microsoft Flow and SharePoint - Part 1

I was recently working on a requirement to implement Microsoft Flow on a list that had a multi-value lookup field in it. The requirement was to fire a Flow when an item is created in the list and run a loop for each of the value selected in the multi-value lookup field.

At the time of writing this article, multi-value look-up fields are not supported in Microsoft Flow. This means that I could not straight away use the values from this multi-value look-up field and apply a loop.

If you would like to jump to how we can retrive the multi-value lookup column in Flow, here is the second part of the post

Work with Multi-value lookup fields in Microsoft flow and SharePoint - Part 2

The setup :

For this post, I am using a very simple setup, a "LookupRefList" with some 'Colours'  in it and another list "LookupUsedList" which has two fields which lookup data from "LookupRefList"

1) Colour : Single value lookup (just to show the difference in Flow values)
2) Colours : Multi-value lookup

Flow with a single-value lookup field :

We can retrieve values from a single value lookup straight away

Flow setup :

Result :

Multi Value Lookup field

When we to fetch the multi-value column in Microsoft flow, the flow runs successfully, however, when you try to see the execution log, you see an error

Click to see the log

We cannot straight away use the multi-value look-up  in a apply to each loop.

In the next part of the post, we retrieve multi-value lookup field values.

Work with Multi-value lookup fields in Microsoft flow and SharePoint - Part 2