On September 12, 2017, Microsoft released Feature Pack 2 for SharePoint 2016. The second feature pack for SharePoint 2016 brings the SharePoint Framework to an On-Premises 2016 farm. SharePoint Framework, more commonly known as SPfx, is the newest development framework which was made available on SharePoint Online last year. SPFx brings the more open development platform currently used in SharePoint Online to on-prem farms. This will allow on-prem developers to leverage modern, open-source development tools and libraries now common to web-based development.
SharePoint on-prem and SharePoint Online run on different release cycles. Currently, SharePoint Online can use the latest version of SPFX which is v1.3, but Feature Pack 2 doesn’t support Extensions or Tenant deployment so you must use version v1.0.2. Note that a Web Part based on SPFx v1.0.2 can run in either environment so you will have a single code base regardless of your deployment target.
For more information check out Aptillon owner and SharePoint expert, Gary Lapointe‘s video “SharePoint 2016 Feature Pack 2 Brings the SharePoint Framework to On-Premises“.
For more information on the Feature Pack 2 please see: https://technet.microsoft.com/library/mt826233(v=office.16).aspx
For more information on setting up SharePoint 2016 on-prem for SPFx please see: https://dev.office.com/sharepoint/docs/spfx/sharepoint-2016-support
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