I'm not certain if this is specific to React or the build chain inside SPFx, but I'm having issues setting a background image on a div dynamically. I receive the URL from an API call to https://tenant.sharepoint.com/_vti_bin/homeapi.ashx/sites/followed?mostRecentFirst=true&start=0&count=100&fillSiteData=true to retrieve followed sites and use the below code to generate a simple site card with the site logo and title.

const Site = (props: SpSite) => {
  const {Title, Url, BannerImageUrl, Acronym, BannerColor} = props;
  const hasLogo = BannerImageUrl && BannerImageUrl.length > 0;
  const logoUrl = hasLogo ? encodeURI(BannerImageUrl) : null;
  const logoStyle: React.CSSProperties = hasLogo ? {backgroundImage: `url('${logoUrl}')`} : {backgroundColor: BannerColor};
  const siteLogo = <div className="site-logo" style={logoStyle}>{!hasLogo && Acronym}</div>;

  return (
    <div className="site-card">
      <a href={Url}>
        <div className="site-text">

When the URL is in the format https://tenant.sharepoint.com/SiteImages/image.jpg (Normal Site) everything works as expected and the background image is set properly on the generated HTML. When the URL has the format of https://tenant.sharepoint.com/_api/GroupService/GetGroupImage?id='RandomGUID' (O365 Group Site) the attribute style="background-image: url('https://SomeImageUrl')" doesn't get created on the resulting div. I can't figure out if this is being stripped out somewhere in the build chain or if React isn't handling it properly. I can browse directly to the GUID based image URL and it renders just fine.

  • Can you share which endpoint you are using? – Gautam Sheth Dec 13 '17 at 15:01
  • @GautamSheth I added the endpoint URL. – Scott Cochrane Dec 13 '17 at 15:40

Firstly - The endpoint that you are using is unsupported and undocumented. So, someday that endpoint might abruptly stop working :)

Secondly - I investigated this issue. The issue happens only for "Modern" sites like modern communication and team sites. This made it easier for me to figure out a fix.

Each of these "modern" sites have a fixed site logo url. But the one that is available via your endpoint make another REST call to download an image (with what i guess could be some access token) and then load it (i.e - when this /_api/GroupService/GetGroupImage?id='RandomGUID' endpoint is hit, another REST call is made to download an image). So, sometimes this causes issue with the rendering of that image inside a webpart.

The fix - The logo for Modern sites resides in the Site Assets library. Its called __siteIcon__.jpg. Now, when you hit your endpoint and after you get the results, you need to check if the BannerImageUrl contains /_api/GroupService/... string, if yes, then replace it with SiteAssets/__siteIcon__.jpg.

Sample code in js:

var imageUrl = "https://tenant.sharepoint.com/sites/test/_api/GroupService/GetGroupImage?id='RandomGUID'";

    var firstSection = imageUrl.split("/_api")[0];

    //render logoUrl in your UI
    var BannerImageUrl = firstSection + "/SiteAssets/__siteIcon__.jpg"; 
  • So in reviewing my code before implementing your fix I decided to try changing up url('${logoUrl}') and switching to url("${logoUrl}") with double ticks instead of single around the URL section. This did the trick and all works as expected. Thanks for the heads-up on the API endpoint. Since this is what's being used on the SP Home page I figure it will be around at least a little while. – Scott Cochrane Dec 13 '17 at 16:50

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