Overview of canvas-app connectors for PowerApps
Data is at the core of most apps, including those you build in PowerApps. Data is stored in a data source, and you bring that data into your app by creating a connection. The connection uses a specific connector to talk to the data source. PowerApps has connectors for many popular services and on-premises data sources, including SharePoint, SQL Server, Office 365, Salesforce, and Twitter. To get started adding data to a canvas app, see Add a data connection in PowerApps.
A connector may provide tables of data or actions. Some connectors provide only tables, some provide only actions, and some provide both. Also your connector may be either a standard or custom connector.
If your connector provides tables, you add your data source and then select the table in the data source that you want to manage. PowerApps both retrieves table data into your app and updates data in your data source for you. For example, you can add a data source that contains a table named Lessons and then set the Items property of a control, such as a gallery or a form, to this value in the formula bar:
You can specify the data that your app retrieves by customing the Items property of the control that shows your data. Continuing the previous example, you can sort or filter the data in the Lessons table by using that name as an argument for the Search and SortByColumn functions. In this graphic, the formula to which the Items property is set specifies that the data is sorted and filtered based on the text in TextSearchBox1.
For more information about how to to customize your formula with tables, see these topics:
To connect to data in an Excel workbook, it must be hosted in a cloud-storage service such as OneDrive. For more information, see Connect to cloud-storage from PowerApps.
If your connector provides actions, you must still select your data source as you did before. Instead of selecting a table as the next step, however, you manually connect a control to an action by editing the Items property of the control that will show your data. The formula to which you set the Items property specifies the action that retrieves data. For example, the app won't retrieve any data if you connect to Yammer and then set the Items property to the name of the data source. To populate a control with data, specify an action such as GetMessagesInGroup(5033622).messages.
If you need to handle custom data updates for action connectors, build a formula that includes the Patch function. In the formula, identify the action and the fields that you'll bind to the action.
For more information about how to to customize your formula for custom updates, see these topics:
This table has links to more information about our most popular connectors. For a complete list of connectors, see All connectors.
|Common Data Service||Office 365 Outlook|
|SQL Server||OneDrive for Business|
|Office 365 Users||Dropbox|
Standard and custom connectors
PowerApps provides standard connectors for many commonly used data sources, such as those listed above. If PowerApps has a standard connector for the type of data source that you want to use, you should use that connector. If you want to connect to other types of data sources, such as a service that you've built, see Register and use custom connectors.