Connect to Microsoft Dataverse

You can securely store your business data in Dataverse and build rich apps in Power Apps so that users can manage that data. You can also integrate that data into solutions that include Power Automate, Power BI, and data from Dynamics 365.

By default, the app connects to the current environment for Dataverse tables. If your app moves to another environment, the connector connects to data in the new environment. This behavior works well for an app using a single environment or an app that follows an application lifecycle management (ALM) process for moving from development, to test, and then to production.

When you add data from Dataverse, you can change the environment, and then select one or more tables. By default, the app connects to data in the current environment.

Default environment.

If you select Change environment, you can specify a different environment to pull data from it instead of or in addition to the current environment.

Other environments.

The name of the selected environment appears under the tables list.

New environments.

Visibility and access

When you select Change environment, you're presented with a list of environments. Though you might see an environment in the list, the security role(s) in the environment govern what you can do in that environment. For example, if you don't have read privileges, you aren't able to see the tables and records in the environment.


Connections listed in the app details pane outside of the app designer show connections that require user consent. Since native Dataverse connections used in the app don't require that additional consent, a native connection won't be in that list.

Power Apps data type mappings

The Microsoft Dataverse connector is more robust than the Dynamics 365 connector and approaching feature parity. The following table lists the data types in Power Apps, and how they map to data types in Dataverse.

Power Apps Microsoft Dataverse
Choice Choice, Yes/No
DateTime Date Time, Date and Time, Date Only
Image Image
Number Floating Point Number, Currency, Decimal Number, Duration, Language, TimeZone, Whole Number
Text Email, Multiline Text, Phone, Text, Text Area, Ticker Symbol, URL
Guid Unique Identifier

Power Apps delegable functions and operations for Dataverse

These Power Apps operations, for a given data type, might be delegated to Dataverse for processing (rather than processing locally within Power Apps).

Item Number [1] Text [2] Choice DateTime [3] Guid
<, <=, >, >= Yes Yes No Yes -
=, <> Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
And/Or/Not Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CountRows [4] [5], CountIf [6] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Filter Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
First [7] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
In (membership) (preview) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
In (substring) - Yes - - -
IsBlank [8] Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Lookup Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Search No Yes No No -
Sort Yes Yes Yes Yes -
SortByColumns Yes Yes Yes Yes -
StartsWith - Yes - - -
Sum, Min, Max, Avg [6] Yes - - No -
  1. Numeric with arithmetic expressions (for example, Filter(table, field + 10 > 100) ) aren't delegable. Language and TimeZone aren't delegable. Casting to a column to a number isn't supported. When a value appears as a number in Power Apps but the back-end data source isn't a simple number such as currency then it won't be delegated.
  2. Doesn't support Trim[Ends] or Len. Does support other functions such as Left, Mid, Right, Upper, Lower, Replace, Substitute, etc. Also, casting such as Text(column) isn't supported for delegation.
  3. DateTime is delegable except for DateTime functions Now() and Today().
  4. CountRows on Dataverse uses a cached value. For non-cached values where the record count is expected to be under 50,000 records, use CountIf(table, True).
  5. For CountRows, ensure that users have appropriate permissions to get totals for the table.
  6. The aggregate functions are limited to a collection of 50,000 rows. If needed, use the Filter function to select 50,000. Aggregate functions aren't supported on Views.
  7. FirstN isn't supported.
  8. Supports comparisons. For example, Filter(TableName, MyCol = Blank()).

Call Dataverse actions directly in Power Fx

As a part of the Power Fx language, authors can now directly invoke a Dataverse action within a formula. Both unbound and bound actions are supported. Authors can add a Power Fx Environment language object to their app and access Dataverse actions.

Authors can work with untyped object fields for both inputs and outputs. On the input side, for instance, many Dataverse actions require an untyped object as an argument. Authors can now pass these arguments in by using ParseJSON to convert a Power Fx record into an untyped object. On the output side, for actions that return untyped objects, you can simply dot into returned objects properties. You need to cast specific values for use in specific contexts for use in Power Apps such as a label.

Without this feature, it was common for authors to use Power Automate to call Dataverse directly. However, calling Dataverse directly from Power Fx provides significant performance benefits (and ease of use) and should be preferred for direct transactional reads and updates. If you have an app that uses Power Automate to call Dataverse actions you'll see a banner suggesting you use this direct action approach instead.

Working with untyped fields isn't restricted to Dataverse. It works for all types of connectors and provides basic ad-hoc dynamic schema support.


  1. We do not fully support DV actions in Power Fx commanding (specific to any actions call with parameters.)
  2. We do not support Entity and Entity collections reference in canvas directly.
  3. For parameters of object type that are nested (2 or more levels deep), the second level attributes are treated required in PowerApps.

Enable access to Microsoft Dataverse actions

For new apps, this feature is automatically enabled. For apps created previously, you need to enable access to Dataverse actions.

For older apps, open your canvas app for editing and navigate to Settings > Upcoming features > Retired and enable Dataverse actions.

Add the Power Fx Environment language object to your app

To use Dataverse actions in your Power Fx formulas, select Add data and search for Environment and add it to your application.

Searching for the Power Fx Environment object.

This adds the Power Fx Environment language object to your application.

The Power Fx Environment object as a data source.

Accessing Dataverse actions

When the Power Fx Environment object is added to your application, you can access Dataverse actions by adding Environment to your formula and then dotting into the actions.

Using the Power Fx Environment object.

Unbound Dataverse actions are peer level to tables and need the parenting scope of the Environment language object. All actions in your environment are available – both system level and custom. Both bound and unbound actions are available. The 2-level call limit has been removed.

Using a Dataverse action.

For more details on how to use Dataverse actions in your formulas, see Working with untyped and dynamic objects.

Rename, refresh, and actions in other environments

You can rename an Environment by choosing the ellipses and selecting "Rename". If you add a new Dataverse action in Dataverse and need Power Apps to see it, you can choose "Refresh". And, if you need to use an action in a different environment you first need to change the environment and then once there, search for 'Environment', select and add it to your application.