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Module Element (Site)

Windows SharePoint Services 3

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Specifies files with which to provision SharePoint sites within an Onet.xml file.

  IncludeFolders = "Text"
  List = "Integer"
  Name = "Text"
  Path = "Text"
  RootWebOnly = "TRUE" | "FALSE"
  SetupPath = "Text"
  Url = "Text"




Optional Text.


Optional Integer. Specifies the type of list, which is defined within Onet.xml.


Required Text. Contains the name of the file set. Can only contain the following characters:

  • alphanumeric

  • hyphen (-)

  • underscore (_)

  • period (.)

  • space ( )


Optional Text. Specifies the physical path to the file set relative to \\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\TEMPLATE\SiteTemplates\Site_Definition. Can only contain the following characters:

  • alphanumeric

  • hyphen (-)

  • underscore (_)

  • period (.)

  • space ( )


Optional Boolean. TRUE if the files specified in the module are installed only in the top-level Web site of the site collection.


Optional Text. Specifies the physical path to a folder in the Windows SharePoint Services setup directory (\\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\TEMPLATE) that contains a file to include in the module. Can only contain the following characters:

  • alphanumeric

  • hyphen (-)

  • underscore (_)

  • period (.)

  • space ( )


Optional Text. Specifies the virtual path of the folder in which to place the files when a site is instantiated. If Path is not specified, the value of Url is used for the physical path. Use the Url attribute to provision a folder through the site definition.

The Url attribute cannot contain the following characters:

  • \"

  • #

  • %

  • &

  • *

  • :

  • <

  • >

  • ?

  • \\

  • {

  • }

  • |

  • ~

  • \x7f

Minimum: 0

Maximum: Unbounded

The Module element specifies a file or collection of files and a location where the files are installed during site creation. If the file is a Web Part Page, the module definition can specify which Web Parts should be included on the page.

The following example from Onet.xml defines the views and files to include within a module.

<Module Name="Default" Url="" Path="">
  <File Url="default.aspx" NavBarHome="True">
    <View List="$Resources:core,lists_Folder;/$Resources:core,announce_Folder;" BaseViewID="0" WebPartZoneID="Left" />
    <View List="$Resources:core,lists_Folder;/$Resources:core,calendar_Folder;" BaseViewID="0" RecurrenceRowset="TRUE" WebPartZoneID="Left" WebPartOrder="2" />
    <AllUsersWebPart WebPartZoneID="Right" WebPartOrder="1"><![CDATA[
      <WebPart xmlns="" xmlns:iwp="">
        <Assembly>Microsoft.SharePoint, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c</Assembly>
    <View List="$Resources:core,lists_Folder;/$Resources:core,links_Folder;" BaseViewID="0" WebPartZoneID="Right" WebPartOrder="2" />
    <NavBarPage Name="$Resources:core,nav_Home;" ID="1002" Position="Start" />
    <NavBarPage Name="$Resources:core,nav_Home;" ID="0" Position="Start" />