This post brings you a list of useful tools which every SharePoint Practitioner should make use of to make his day to day life easier. I personally don’t know any of the developers who developed these tools so I’m not trying to do some marketing stuff for these tools. I just wanted to share the list with you guys so that you could get benefited out of it.
Note: There are hundreds of paid/free third party tools out there to administer/manage SharePoint and I have not really tried a lot of them .The list which I’ve put together below is something which I’ve been using for quite some time now and just wanted to let you guys know that these tools have been vetted carefully during usage and they are not potentially harmful by any means, plus they are free of cost too and most of them are from code plex.
- ULS Viewer
A windows application for viewing SharePoint ULS log files more easily. Supports filtering and easy viewing of data.
Download Link: _ https://ulsviewer.codeplex.com/
- SharePoint Manager
The SharePoint Manager 2013 is a SharePoint object model explorer. It enables you to browse every site on the local farm and view every property. Please be mindful that you should have this tool running on a machine which has SharePoint installed on it.
Download Link: _ https://spm.codeplex.com/
The Fiddler tool helps you debug web applications by capturing network traffic between the Internet and test computers. The tool enables you to inspect incoming and outgoing data to monitor and modify requests and responses before the browser receives them. Fiddler also includes a powerful event-based scripting subsystem, which you can extend by using any .NET Framework language.
Download Link: _ http://www.telerik.com/fiddler
- Network Monitor
Network Monitor tool can be used for capturing network traffic and protocol analysis.
Download Link: _ https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=4865
WinDirStat is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for various versions of Microsoft Windows.
Download Link: _ https://windirstat.info/index.html
- SharePoint Log Viewer
SharePoint Log Viewer is a Windows application for reading and filtering Microsoft SharePoint ULS Logs.
- View multiple SharePoint log files at once
- Search by any field
- Filter the log by any field
- File drag & drop support
- Live monitoring for entire farm
- Export filtered log entries
- Bookmark log entries
- Get popup notification of SharePoint log events from system tray
- Receive email notifications on errors
- Redirect log entries to event log
- Supports SharePoint 2007, 2010 and 2013
Download Link: _ https://sharepointlogviewer.codeplex.com/
- SharePoint Feature Administration and Clean Up Tool :
Feature Administration is a tool for SharePoint administrators and developers to manage SP features. It finds and cleans faulty Feature Definitions and orphaned reminders.
The Feature Admin Tool finds faulty Feature Definitions and cleanly uninstalls them.
It finds feature remainders in sites, Site Collections, WebApps and in the Farm, caused e.g. by forcefully uninstalled Features from a farm without deactivating them before. These faulty features, never visible, cause errors.
Download Link: _ https://featureadmin.codeplex.com/
- SharePoint Command Builder :
As the name implies, you can use this tool to build SharePoint PowerShell commands that can simplify your daily work.
- SharePoint Manager 2013 Online :
- SharePoint 2013 Search Query Tool:
After running the query, you can view all types of result sets returned; Primary Results, Refinement Results, Query Rules Results, Query Suggestions, in addition to the actual raw response received from the Search service.
This can be used both with SharePoint 2013 on-premises and SharePoint Online. I also explained in detail the usage of this tool in a previous blog post. Click here to read that.
Download Link: _ http://sp2013searchtool.codeplex.com/
- SharePoint Host name site collection creator :
The SharePoint Host named Site Collection (HNSC) Creator SharePoint Admins to create HNSC via a GUI instead of PowerShell. This can be used by two ways. One of them is a Windows Forms application that needs no installation, and the second one is a SharePoint 2013 farm solution that plugs in the Central Admin for a native SharePoint experience
Download Link: _ https://hnsc.codeplex.com/
- SharePoint Designer :
Microsoft SharePoint Designer (SPD), formerly known as Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer, is a discontinued HTML editor freeware specialized in creating or modifying Microsoft SharePoint sites, workflows and web pages. It is a part of Microsoft SharePoint family of products.
Please note that Microsoft has announced that SharePoint 2016 will not have SP Designer 2016 .That has been discontinued in the 2016 version.
Download link: _ https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/download/details.aspx?id=35491
13. Advanced REST Client plugin for Google Chrome:
SharePoint Developers would probably know the power of this tool . There’s an awesome plugin for Chrome called Advanced REST Client which allows you to investigate the REST calls and configure your queries pretty simply through the UI. You get to see the results and the request times directly in the browser and you can play with the parameters etc easily
Download link :_https://github.com/jarrodek/ChromeRestClient
14. SharePoint Client Browser for SharePoint Online and SharePoint on premises:
Remote SharePoint development is getting more important. Especially with SharePoint Apps. To speed up development, find hidden lists/items/documents, discover the structure or specific artifact properties use the SharePoint Client Browser which supports SharePoint 2010, SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online (Office 365)
Uses of this tool?
- Get insight in your site collection structure
- Find hidden lists, items or documents
- Discover artifact properties
- Easily start PowerShell, via context menu, and run (scripted) queries against your remote site collection
- Support for both SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013
- Connect to on-premise or SharePoint Online (Office 365) site collections
- No installer
- Remote access from your desktop to site collection via Client Side Object Model (CSOM)
- Can run remote, no need to run on the SharePoint server itself
Download link : _ https://spcb.codeplex.com