Create a Dataverse starter portal

With the capability to build a portal in Power Apps, you can create a website for external and internal users enabling them to interact with data stored in Microsoft Dataverse.

Some of the benefits of creating a Power Apps portal:

  • Because the data is stored in Dataverse, you don't need to create a connection from Power Apps as you do with data sources such as SharePoint, customer engagement apps (such as Dynamics 365 Sales and Dynamics 365 Customer Service), or Salesforce. You need only to specify the tables that you want to show or manage in the portal.

  • You can design the portal through the WYSIWYG Power Apps portals Studio by adding and configuring components on the webpages.

You can create a portal either in a new environment or in your existing environment.

If you choose to create your portal in a new environment using the Create new environment link, the required portal pre-requisites such as tables, data, and a starter portal template are installed when the environment is created. In this method, the portal is provisioned in a few minutes.

If you choose to create your portal in an existing environment without portal pre-requisites, the pre-requisites are installed first and then the portal is created. In this method, the portal provisioning can take some time and you’ll be notified when the portal is provisioned.

Based on the selected environment in Power Apps, you can create a Dataverse starter portal or a portal in an environment containing customer engagement apps (such as Dynamics 365 Sales and Dynamics 365 Customer Service).

Note

  • There can be only one portal of each type and for a language created in an environment. For more information, go to creating additional portals.
  • When you create a portal, a few solutions are installed and sample data is imported.

More information on working with environments: Working with environments and Microsoft Power Apps

More information on available portal templates: Portal templates

To create a portal:

Tip

To learn about the roles required to create a portal, read Admin roles required for portal administrative tasks.

  1. Sign in to Power Apps.

  2. Under Make your own app, select Portal from blank.

  3. If the selected environment doesn't contain portal pre-requisites, a message is displayed in the Portal from blank window suggesting you select another environment or create a new one.

    create new environment message.

  4. If you choose to continue with the current environment, enter the required information in the window as mentioned in the following steps. If you choose to create a new environment, see Create new environment.

  5. In the Portal from blank window, enter a name for the portal and address for the website, and select a language from the drop-down list. When you're done, select Create.

    Tip

    To create a portal using a different language, you must first enable the language in the environment so that it becomes available in the language drop-down list.

    create new portal.

After you select Create, the portal will begin provisioning and the provisioning status is displayed through notifications.

If you've created your portal in the environment that doesn't have portal pre-requisites installed, the provisioning status is also displayed in the grid:

Grid notification.

After the portal is provisioned successfully, the status is updated and the portal is displayed in the grid:

Portal provisioned.

To edit the portal in Power Apps portals Studio, see Edit a portal.

Note

  • If you don't have sufficient privileges to provision a portal, an error is displayed. You must have the System Administrator role in Dataverse to create a portal. You must also have the Access Mode set to Read-Write under Client Access License (CAL) Information in the user record.
  • If you have purchased an older portal add-on, and want to provision a portal using the add-on, you must go to the Dynamics 365 Administration Center page. More information: Provision a portal using the older portal add-on
  • If you have provisioned a portal using the older portal add-on, you can still customize and manage it from make.powerapps.com.
  • Provisioning portals from make.powerapps.com does not consume the older portal add-ons. Also, these portals are not listed under the Applications tab on the Dynamics 365 Administration Center page.
  • A Dataverse starter portal cannot be created from the Dynamics 365 Administration Center page.

Portal provisioning notifications

After you select Create, the portal will begin provisioning and the provisioning status is displayed through notifications.

Notification as a toast

The following notification is displayed when you select Create to provision the portal.

Toast notification.

Notifications in the Notifications pane

Once the provisioning request is successfully placed, the following notifications are displayed in the Notification pane.

Notification shown for provisioning in progress.

Pane notification.

Notification shown for provisioning successfully completed.

Provisioning success notification.

If the portal provisioning fails, the notifications are displayed similarly.

Notifications via emails

Once the provisioning request is successfully placed, a confirmation email notification is sent to the user creating the portal. Also, an email is sent to the user after the portal provisioning is completed.

Next steps

Manage a portal

See also

Common problems and resolutions while creating a portal
Control portal creation in a tenant
Create additional portals in an environment
Microsoft Learn: Administer Power Apps portals
Microsoft Learn: Access Dataverse in Power Apps portals