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Breadcrumb when navigating folders in a Sharepoint 2010 Document Library WebPart. (Pure JS, No jQuery, IE8+) Can be inserted via a "HTML Form Web Part" or referenced in a custom masterpage.
.ms-WPHeader .breadcrumbs{
.ms-WPHeader .breadcrumbs,.ms-WPHeader .breadcrumbs a{
font-size: 0.8em;
* Adds a breadcrumb to "Document Library" Web Parts
* Copyright 29/11/2013 - Alexis Nominé - MIT Licence
_spBodyOnLoadFunctionNames.push("doBreadCrumbs");//execute after DOM loaded
function doBreadCrumbs(){
// Get 'RootFolder' value in URL
var rootStr = getUrlParam('RootFolder');
if (rootStr != '') {
// Get all links in WebParts titles (IE8+)
var webpartHeaders = document.querySelectorAll('.ms-WPTitle a');
// For each link
for(var i = 0; i < webpartHeaders.length; i++){
var webpartHeader = webpartHeaders[i];
// Get link target
var link = decodeURIComponent(webpartHeader.getAttribute('href'));
// If target contains 'RootFolder' value, then we have our Web Part.
// Let's generate our breadcrumb
if(rootStr.indexOf(link) != -1){
var path = rootStr.replace(link, ''); // Folder path, relative to Doc Lib
var basepath = rootStr.replace(path, ''); // Doc Lib path
var breadcrumb = '<span class="breadcrumb">';
breadcrumb += '<a href="' + location.pathname + '">Home</a>'; // link to base page
// Create link for each sub-folder
var folders = path.split('/');
for(var i = 1; i < folders.length; i++){
var currentfolder = folders[i];
basepath += "/" + currentfolder;
// Replace 'RootFolder' value in URL without touching any other variables(orderby, etc.)
var folderlink ='RootFolder=' + encodeURIComponent(rootStr), 'RootFolder=' + encodeURIComponent(basepath));
breadcrumb += ' &gt; <a href="' + folderlink + '">' + currentfolder + '</a>';
breadcrumb += '</span>';
// Insert breadcrumb
webpartHeader.parentNode.innerHTML += breadcrumb;
/* Get param value from query string */
function getUrlParam(name) {
name = name.replace(/[\[]/, "\\\[").replace(/[\]]/, "\\\]");
var regexS = "[\\?&]" + name + "=([^&#]*)";
var regex = new RegExp(regexS);
var results = regex.exec(;
if (results == null)
return "";
return decodeURIComponent(results[1].replace(/\+/g, " "));

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tyty4u2 commented Jan 27, 2016

I am having a few issues with this script. My document library is "Documents" and here is what displays on the page.


I would like it to either hide "Documents" or read "Documents | Home", etc

The further I go in, it changes to DocumentsHome > Folder(1) > SubFolder(2) > SubFolder(3)

The problem when going more than a few folders deep, when you click the breadcrumb to go back, it doesn't navigate back. So if I am at "SubFolder(3)" and click "Folder(1)" to go back, it doesn't go back, it just stays on the current folder/page.

Any suggestions? Thanks in Advance!


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smkukhcit commented Nov 11, 2016

I am sorry, but I am new to SharePoint customization. Can you tell me where I can find specific instructions on how to implement these like your breadcrumb post? I'd really like to implement this but am not sure how to do that.


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