Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My Favorite SharePoint Tools & Utilities - Top 50 List

Here is the list of Top 30 Best Free SharePoint Tools for SharePoint Development / Administration / Monitoring / Troubleshooting Tools and utilities to make our SharePoint work easier, faster and efficient.

1. SharePoint Manager 2007 / 2010 / 2013
The SharePoint Manager is a SharePoint object model explorer to give quick and easy overview of the structure and data hidden behind your SharePoint Farm. It enables you to browse every site on your local farms and all of the properties of objects. You can also change the values ​​of some properties.  

You'll have to run this application from your SharePoint Server as administrator. Download URL: http://spm.codeplex.com/  .

We've SharePoint Client Browser to explore Server objects from client side: https://spcb.codeplex.com/

2. WSP Builder
A SharePoint Solution Package (WSP) creation tool for SharePoint 2007/2010 which includes templates for web parts, Event Receivers, Feature,etc. Download URL: http://wspbuilder.codeplex.com/

 
3. SharePoint Content Deployment Wizard we can deploy content between SharePoint sites. The selected content is exported to a .cmp file (Content Migration Package) which can be copied to other servers. URL: http://spdeploymentwizard.codeplex.com/

4. CAML Query Designer Tools:
U2U CAML query builder: Great tool for generating CAML Queries.
URL: http://www.u2u.be/downloads/CamlQueryBuilder/setup.exe

You can also use: CAML Designer to build your CAML queries in SharePoint 2013 http://biwug-web.sharepoint.com/SitePages/Caml_designer.aspx

5. Branding Tools
For SharePoint 2013, Download the color palette tool from Microsoft at: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38182  and Starter Master pages: https://startermasterpages.codeplex.com/

For SharePoint 2007, Branding Tool can be used to:
    * modify Themes
    * modify MasterUrl (Master Page), CustomMasterUrl (System Master Page)
    * modify SiteLogoUrl (Site Logo)
    * modify SiteLogoDescription (Site Logo Alternative Text)
    * modify AlternateCssUrl (Custom CSS Style Sheet)
    * view various properties of sites and themes at a glance
URL: http://brandingtool.codeplex.com/

CSS Reference Charts:
SharePoint 2007: http://www.heathersolomon.com/content/sp07cssreference.htm
SharePoint 2010: http://sharepointexperience.com/csschart/csschart.html

IE Developer toolbar/FireBug for firebox (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/firebug/) - Great Products when you work on SharePoint Branding.

6.  Custom E-mail Alert Templates for SharePoint Workflows

This is an Access 2007 tool that will create SPD Email Activity Workflow messages that look like standard SharePoint alert/task emails for you to copy into the email activity.
URL: http://unitedsupplyco.sharepointsite.net/publicfacing/bensblog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=49

7. Best Practices Analyzer
The SharePoint 2007 Best Practices Analyzer will collect all the data from your database, registry, etc and apply a set of comprehensive best practice rules against the data set. A detailed report listing is provided after the completion so you can make your SharePoint 2007 Portal faster and more flexible
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=cb944b27-9d6b-4a1f-b3e1-778efda07df8&displaylang=en

8. Microsoft SharePoint Administration Toolkit 4.0
The toolkit includes SharePoint Diagnostics Tool, the Permissions Reporting Tool, the Quota Management command, and Security Configuration Wizard Manifests.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?familyid=cd2d09a7-1159-4d40-be1c-8efab1345381&displaylang=en

9. Gary LaPoint STSADM add-ons
This guy has written tonnes of STSADM extra functions that allow administrators to do things that can't be done in the UI and only in the object model. No longer need to rely on Programmers so much.
http://blog.falchionconsulting.com/

10. SharePoint Event Receiver Manager (2007 & 2010) : http://speventreceiverman.codeplex.com/

11. CKS Dev
Community Kit for SharePoint offers templates to Visual Studio for SharePoint projects.
http://cksdev.codeplex.com/

12. Fiddler
Web traffic Analyzer, logs all http(s) requests between client and web server. available at: http://www.fiddler2.com/fiddler2/ .Alternate: HTTPWatch at http://www.httpwatch.com/

13. PowerGUI
IDE for PowerShell, supports debugging and Intelli-Sense. Download at: http://powergui.org/downloads.jspa

14. JavaScript Debugger - http://www.JsFiddle.net

15. SharePoint Feature Admin Tool
Repair/Un-install features from SharePoint: http://featureadmin.codeplex.com/

16. SharePoint list item editing tool
Edit meta-data columns (such as created by), Bulk update.
http://splistitemeditor.codeplex.com

17. SPServices Jquery Library for SharePoint http://spservices.codeplex.com

18. SharePoint 2010 Bulk Document Importer http://spbulkdocumentimport.codeplex.com/

19. SPUtility.js http://sputility.codeplex.com/ can be used to: Set or get field values, Make a field read only, Hide a field from view.

20. SPDisposeCheck
Identifying memory leaks and wrong disposes.http://archive.msdn.microsoft.com/SPDisposeCheck

21. The SharePoint Software Factory:  is a Visual Studio Extension helping SharePoint newbies, as well as experienced developers to create, manage and deploy SharePoint solutions without having to know every tiny XML and C# secret. http://spsf.codeplex.com/

22. SharePoint Log Monitoring Tools


23. Bamboo SharePoint Analyzer (FREE):
http://community.bamboosolutions.com/blogs/bambooteamblog/archive/2008/11/07/introducing-bamboo-sharepoint-analyzer.aspx

24. SharePoint Solution Installer
This utility was created  to ease the task of installing SharePoint Solution files, which use the extension WSP, in a SharePoint environment. You would use this tool primarily to install custom solutions, and it operates very similarly to any standard installation process http://sharepointinstaller.codeplex.com/

25. AutoSPInstaller: Automated SharePoint 2010/2013 PowerShell-based installation script. http://autospinstaller.codeplex.com/

26. Visio Network Topology diagram Add-in for SharePoint http://visiospfarmaddin.codeplex.com/

27. Balsamiq Mockups:
Excellent tool to quickly create wire frames http://www.balsamiq.com/products/mockups

28. .NET Reflector -  To view, navigate, and search through the class hierarchies of .NET assemblies. http://www.red-gate.com/products/reflector/ . DotPeek and IL SPY would be the alternate. http://www.jetbrains.com/decompiler/download/

29. Editors, Comparison Tools: Notepad++/UltraEdit, Beyond Compare/ UltraCompare

30. SMTP4Dev
Quick way to test E-mail functionality! Just start this program on any server and See its acting as SMTP Server. http://smtp4dev.codeplex.com/

My Trusted Top-10 Third-Party Products:

  1. HarePoint SharePoint Usage Reports
  2. SPCAF Code Governance - Know what your SharePoint code does
  3. KWizCom SharePoint Mobile Solutions 
  4. Kwizcom Charts for SharePoint
  5. VirtoSoftware Web Parts
  6. Migrate, Secure, Report - SharePoint & Office 365 Tool. Simple & Easy to Use.
  7. SPCAF Code Documentation
  8. SPDocKit - Generate SharePoint documentation
  9. Sharegate Migration Tools
  10. Migrate, Secure, Report - ShareGate

Third-Party Products:

  1. Axceler Control Point - http://axceler.com/ 
  2. Workflow Products: Nintex Workflows and K2 Workflow Suite
  3. SharePoint Migration Tools: Metalogix & ShareGate 
  4. RBS/EBS Tools: DocAve Storage Manager , Metalogix StoragePoint
  5. SharePoint Add-ons: KWizCom http://www.kwizcom.com/sharepoint-add-ons/ , Bamboo Solution SharePoint components
BTW, I haven't included essential software for SharePoint such as: SharePoint Designer, Visual Studio, Virtual Machine tools (VMWare/Hyperv), InfoPath Designer, Version control software (TFS/SVN/CVS), etc.



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8 comments :

  1. Brilliant list of tools, i was looking for them for a long time, thanks for sharing.

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  2. i was looking for them for a long time, thanks for sharing.

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  3. Also may be use FakeSMTP for email testing
    Unlike smtp4dev supports utf-8

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  4. Many utilities for admin. Nice collection. Thanks for sharing it.

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  5. Thank you very much, great list, the entire site is great.

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  6. Salaudeen, You have indeed compile all required tools for all SharePoint Admin/Devs and architect.. great list!

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