Share a flow

Share a flow with others in your organization so they can also benefit from automations you've created. There are three primary ways to share a flow in Power Automate:

  • Add an owner to a flow.
  • Share a flow with run-only privileges.
  • Share a copy of a flow.

Prerequisites

About embedded and other connections

Connections used in a flow fall into two categories:

  • Embedded: These connections are used in the flow.
  • Other: These connections have been defined for a flow, but aren't used in it.

If you stop using a connection in a flow, that connection appears in the Other connections list, where it remains until an owner includes it in the flow again. To make changes to embedded connections, follow the steps in Modify a connection, later in this article.

The list of connections appears under the list of owners in a flow's properties, as shown in the following image.

Embedded connections

Add an owner to a flow

Adding an owner to a flow is the most common way to share a flow. Any owner of a flow can perform these actions:

  • View the run history.
  • Manage the properties of the flow (for example, start or stop the flow, add owners, or update credentials for a connection).
  • Edit the definition of the flow (for example, add or remove an action or condition).
  • Add or remove other owners (but not the flow's creator).
  • Delete the flow.

If you're the creator or an owner of a flow, you'll find it listed on the Team flows tab in Power Automate.

Team flows tab

Note

Shared connections can be used only in the flow in which they were created.

Owners can use services in a flow but can't modify the credentials for a connection that another owner created.

To add more owners to a flow

  1. Sign in to Power Automate, and then select My flows.

  2. Select the flow that you want to share, select More commands More commands, and then select Share.

    Select Share from More commands

  3. Enter the name, email address, or group name for the person or group that you want to add as an owner.

    Search for a user or group

    The user or group you've selected becomes an owner of the flow.

    New owner

Congratulations—you've created your team flow!

Add a list as a co-owner

You can add SharePoint lists as co-owners of a flow so that everyone who has edit access to the list automatically gets edit access to the flow. After the flow is shared, you can simply distribute a link to it. More information: Training: Create and set up a SharePoint list

Tip

Use a list when the flow is connected to SharePoint, and use a group in all other cases.

Remove an owner

Important

When you remove an owner whose credentials are used to access Power Automate services, you should update the credentials for those connections so that the flow will continue to run properly. More information: Modify a connection

  1. On the flow details page, in the Owners section, select Edit.

    Edit owners

  2. Select Delete Delete button for the owner you want to remove.

    Delete an owner

  3. In the confirmation dialog box, select Remove.

Congratulations—the user or group that you removed is no longer listed as an owner of the flow.

Modify a connection

You might need to change the owner of a connection in a flow if you remove the existing owner or if you just want to use a different account to sign in to an action or trigger.

  1. Go to the flow that you want to modify.

  2. Select Edit.

    Edit a flow

  3. Select More commands (...) in the step where you want to edit the connection.

  4. If you have a connection already, select it; if not, select Add new connection to create a new connection, and then select Sign in to create your new connection.

    Add a new connection

Share a flow with run-only permissions

Instant flows (that is, flows that use a manual trigger such as a button or an item being selected) can be shared by using run-only permissions. Any user who's added as a run-only user won't have access to edit or modify the flow in any way; they'll only have permissions to trigger the flow.

To add a run-only user

  1. On the flow details page, in the Run only users section, select Edit.

    Edit the Run only users section

  2. In the Manage run-only permissions panel, specify the users and groups you want to provide run-only access to.

    Add run-only users

  3. As an owner, you can specify whether run-only users will need to provide their own connections or you can choose use a connection that's already defined in the flow.

    Manage connections

Congratulations—the user or group now has access to run the flow.

To remove a run-only user

  1. On the flow details page, in the Run only users section, select Edit.

  2. In the Manage run-only permissions panel, select Delete Delete button next to the user whose access you want to remove, and then select Save.

    Remove a run-only user

Congratulations—the user or group no longer has access to run this flow.

Share a copy of a flow

You can share a copy of a flow with another user, who can then use the definition of the flow as a template. It provides a good way for you to share the general structure of a flow without sharing any connections, while also allowing the recipient to modify their flow independently of yours, so they can make it fit their needs.

Note

Sharing a copy creates an independent instance of the flow for the recipient. You can't revoke access to the flow after you share it.

To send a copy of a flow

  1. On the flow details page command bar, select Send a copy.

    Send a copy from the command bar

  2. In the Send a copy panel, you can edit the name and description of the flow you want to share, and specify the users with whom you want to share it.

    Send a copy details

  3. The recipient will receive an email stating that you have shared a flow template with them, and they can then create their own instance of that flow.

    Receive a copy

    Note

    As a recipient, you can also access the flow by selecting Templates on the left pane and then selecting the Shared with me tab.

    Shared with me

FAQ

What happens if the user who created a shared flow leaves the organization?

If the shared flow still has an active owner, the flow will continue to run.

Note

If the flow uses any active or embedded connections that belong to the user who has left the organization, those specific actions might fail. To fix this, follow the steps in Modify a connection, earlier in this article to update the credentials.