PowerApps Community Plan: a free development environment for individual use
If you want to build skills and learn more about PowerApps, Microsoft Flow, and the Common Data Service, the PowerApps Community Plan is the right plan for you. The PowerApps Community Plan gives you a free development environment for individual use, where you can:
- Learn to build business apps and workflows with the full functionality of PowerApps and Microsoft Flow.
- Connect to any data source by using our 100+ out of the box connectors or by creating your own custom connectors.
- Explore how you can use the Common Data Service to build powerful business apps with the common data model and the SDK.
- Export the solutions you create in your individual environment, and list them on AppSource so your customers can test-drive them.
Who can sign up for the PowerApps Community Plan?
Anyone with a work or school account can sign up for the PowerApps Community Plan. But we especially recommend this plan if you:
- Want to build skills and learn more about PowerApps, Microsoft Flow, and the Common Data Service.
- Are interested in building business apps and workflows to distribute on AppSource.
Where can I sign up for the PowerApps Community Plan?
After signing up for the Community Plan, you will be redirected to the PowerApps site and will land in your individual environment. The environment is named with your name, for example 'John Doe's environment'. If there is already an environment with that name, the individual environment will be named as 'John Doe's (1) environment'. The following image shows how the environment appears.
Get the Community Plan with Visual Studio Dev Essentials
If you are a Visual Studio Dev Essentials user, PowerApps is included in your benefits. Visit My benefits and click or tap the PowerApps tile to sign up for the PowerApps Community Plan.
Which features are included in the PowerApps Community Plan?
With the individual environment, you get the following functionality:
|Functionalities||Environment for individual use|
|Create and run apps||Yes. You can create unlimited apps|
|Use the Common Data Service||Yes**|
|Model your data using the Common Data Service||Yes**|
|Enterprise-grade administration of the environment and user policies||Yes|
|Connect to Office 365, Dynamics 365, and other connectors||Yes|
|Connect to cloud-based services like Azure SQL, Dropbox, Twitter, and many more||Yes|
|Use premium connectors like Salesforce, DB2 and many more||Yes|
|Access on‐premises data using an on-premises gateway||Yes|
|Create custom connectors to connect to your own systems||Yes. You can create unlimited custom connectors|
|Common Data Service|
|Create and run applications on the Common Data Service||Yes**|
|Model your data in the Common Data Service||Yes**|
|Create a database in the Common Data Service||Yes**|
|Add co-workers as environment makers and admins||No|
|Add co-workers to the database roles||No|
|Supports data policies established by the Office 365 administrator||Yes|
|Establish data policies for the individual environment||Yes|
*You can't share apps, flows, connections, etc. with any other users of your tenant. You also can't add any other user as an environment admin or maker, or to the database roles from the admin center.
**Creating a database with the Common Data Service is currently unavailable in an individual environment, and will be available again soon. If you had created a database earlier, then you can continue using it without any issues.
What are the capacity limits for the individual environment?
|Database size||200 MB|
You cannot apply add-ons to the quantities that we include. If you hit capacity limits, we recommend purchasing PowerApps Plan 2. Learn more about it from the PowerApps pricing page.
The capacity of the individual environment, whether or not it's used, doesn't contribute to your company's overall quota.
Publishing to AppSource
Do you have an app you would like to share with customers? We now support a PowerApps Test Drive solution on AppSource.com as a way for you to share apps and flows with customers, and generate leads for your business. For more information, see Let customers test drive your apps on AppSource.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What should I do if reach the capacity limits of the environment?
A: There is a limited capacity provided because this environment is meant for individual use, not for a team or production use. The capacity provided is:
|Database size||200 MB|
If you reach one or more capacity limits, we recommend you purchase a plan that supports production use. Learn more about our plans and their limits on the PowerApps pricing page.
Q: Can I transfer the apps, flows, and other resources created in the individual environment, to another environment?
A: Yes, you should be able to export the resources from this environment to other environments. For more information, see Environment and tenant app migration.
Q: Will my PowerApps Community Plan subscription ever expire?
A: You can use your PowerApps Community Plan subscription perpetually for free. If you are actively using an individual environment, then you won't lose access to any of the resources or functionality in that environment. You may, however, notice a delay when accessing your Common Data Service Database for the first time after a long period of inactivity. This delay does not impact the data or entities stored in the Common Data Service.
Q: Can I get or create multiple individual environments?
A: No, you can only have one individual environment, which is created for you by PowerApps when you sign up for the Community Plan.
Q: What's the difference between PowerApps Plan 2 Trial and PowerApps Community Plan; and which one should I sign up for?
A: Both PowerApps Plan 2 Trial and PowerApps Community Plan are free, but are created for different purposes:
PowerApps Plan 2 Trial gives you PowerApps Plan 2 for 30 days. This is meant for trying out PowerApps, Common Data Service, and Microsoft Flow. Once your trial expires, you can purchase a plan. If you are already using PowerApps with Office 365 or Dynamics 365, this is the right plan to try out the premium functionalities of PowerApps, which are available with PowerApps Plan 2.
PowerApps Community Plan gives you access to PowerApps premium functionalities, Common Data Service, and Microsoft Flow for individual use. This plan is primarily meant for learning purposes or creating business solutions to be distributed for AppSource Test Drive. This plan is perpetually available, but only for learning and building your skills on PowerApps, Common Data Services, and Microsoft Flow.
Q: Can I sign up with my personal account?
A: No, you can only sign up with your work or school account. We currently do not support signing up with a personal account.
Q: Can I delete my individual environment?
A: You can't delete this environment on your own. Your tenant admin has permissions to delete the environment.