Install Northwind Traders database and apps
By following the steps in this series of topics, you can discover concepts about relational data as implemented in a sample database in Common Data Service. You can also explore sample business apps, both canvas and model-driven, for managing that data and earn practical experience by creating such an app. This first topic explains how to install the Northwind Traders database in your own environment and gain access to the sample apps, which you can open for editing to reveal how they were built.
Northwind Traders is a fictitious organization that manages orders, products, customers, suppliers, and many other aspects of a small business. This sample appeared with the first versions of Microsoft Access and is still available as an Access template.
- A PowerApps license that supports Common Data Service. You can use a free trial license for 30 days.
- An environment with a Common Data Service database. You can create such an environment if you have appropriate permissions.
Download the solution
This solution file (.zip) contains the definitions of entities, option sets, and business processes; the canvas and model-driven apps; and any other pieces that are used together.
Install the solution
Sign in to PowerApps, and then ensure that you're working in an environment that contains a Common Data Service database.
In the left navigation pane, select Solutions, and then select Import in the toolbar near the top of the screen:
In the Select Solution Package page, select Browse.
Find the file that you downloaded, and then select Open.
Unless you selected a different location, the file will be in your Downloads folder.
If you have the correct file (the version number might vary), select Next:
In the Solution Information page, select Next if the name of the solution and the publisher are correct.
In the Import Options page, select Import to confirm SDK message handling, which the sample requires:
Another page appears and shows progress as the solution is installed over the next few minutes:
When the installation finishes, the original page shows the result:
Load the sample data
Select Apps, and then select Northwind Sample Data.
Wait a few minutes if the Northwind apps don't appear immediately after you install the solution:
When the app asks for permission to interact with Common Data Service, select Allow:
After the app loads and shows that the sample entities contain no records, select Load Data to populate the entities:
As the app loads the data, dots march across the top of the app, and the number of records increases.
Entities are loaded in a specific order so that relationships can be established between records. For example, the Order Details entity has a many-to-one relationship with the Orders and Order Products entities, which are loaded first.
You can cancel the process at any time by selecting Cancel, and you can remove the data at any time by selecting Remove Data:
When the data finishes loading, the last row (Many to Many Relationships) shows Done, and the Load Data and Remove Data buttons are enabled again:
The Northwind solution includes these apps for interacting with this data:
- Northwind Orders (Canvas)
- Northwind Orders (Model-driven)
You open these apps the same way that you opened the app in the previous procedure.
This single-screen app offers a simple master-detail view of the Orders entity, where you can view and edit a summary of the order and each line item for an order. A list of orders appears near the left edge, and you can select an arrow in that list to show a summary and the details of that order. More information: Overview of the canvas app for Northwind Traders.
This app operates on the same data (in the Orders entity) as the canvas app. In the list of orders, show more information about an order by selecting its number:
A summary of the order appears on a separate form:
If you scroll down the form, it shows the same line items as the canvas app does:
Do it yourself
You can follow step-by-step instructions to create the canvas app shown earlier in this topic. The instructions are divided into three parts:
If you want to skip ahead, the solution contains a starting-point app for each part. In the list of apps, look for Northwind Orders (Canvas) - Begin Part 1 and so on.
This overview of the app explains the user interface, data sources, and how relationships are used.