Import solutions

You can manually import solutions using the steps in this article. You must import only those solutions that you've obtained from a trusted source.


  • The create privilege is required to import a component. Although, the System Customizer security role has create privilege on most components that are commonly imported, by default it doesn't have create privilege on the Plug-In Assembly table. The System Administrator security role has this privilege.
  • When you import a managed solution, all component changes will be brought into the environment in a published state. However, when you import an unmanaged solution, the changes are imported in a draft state so you must publish them to make them active.
  • To implement healthy application lifecycle management (ALM) in your organization, consider using a source control system to store and collaborate on your solutions, and automate the solution import process. More information: ALM basics in the Power Platform ALM guide.
  • The maximum size of a solution file is 95 MB.

When you import an unmanaged solution:

  • You add all the components of that solution into your environment and can't delete the components by deleting the solution. Deleting the unmanaged solution deletes only the solution container.
  • That contains customized components, the existing customizations to the component will be overwritten after the unmanaged solution import. You can’t undo this.

To import a solution:

  1. Sign into Power Apps and select Solutions from the left navigation. If the item isn’t in the side panel pane, select …More and then select the item you want.

  2. On the command bar, select Import.

    Import solution.

  3. On the Import a solution page, select Browse to locate the compressed (.zip or .cab) file that contains the solution you want to import.

  4. Select Next.

  5. Information about the solution is displayed. By default, in the Advanced settings section, if plugin steps (also known as SDK message processing steps) and flows exist in the solution, they'll be imported. Clear the Enable Plugin steps and flows included in the solution option if you want them to import in an inactive state.

  6. If your solution contains connection references, you are prompted to select the connections you want. If a connection doesn't already exist, create a new one. Select Next.

  7. If your solution contains environment variables, you'll be prompted to enter values. You won't see this screen if value(s) are already present in your solution or the target environment.

  8. If missing dependencies are detected in the target environment, a list of the dependencies is presented. In environments where the required package version is available for import in the target environment, a link to resolve the dependency is presented. Selecting the link takes you to the Power Platform admin center where you can install the application update. After the application update is completed, you can start the solution import again.

  9. Select Import.

Your solution imports in the background and may take a few moments.

If you have imported any changes that require publishing, you must publish customizations before they're available.

If the import isn’t successful, you'll see a notification on the solutions page showing any errors or warnings that were captured. Select Download Log File to capture details about what caused the import to fail. The most common cause for an import to fail is that the solution didn't contain some required components.

When you download the log file, you'll find an XML file that you can open using Office Excel to view the contents.


You can view the details of all solution operations including solution import with the solution history feature. To view these operations, select See history on the solutions page.

Troubleshooting solution import

For known issues and information about how to troubleshoot working with solutions, go to Manage apps and solutions in the Power Apps Troubleshooting documentation.

Importing apps that use an on-premises data gateway ID

When you import a Power Apps app that uses an on-premises data gateway ID, note the following requirements:

  • The connection to the gateway must be a shared connection.
  • The connections must be removed and then added back with the correct gateway ID after solution import into the target environment.

See also

Update solutions
Export solutions
Publish changes
For developers: Create, export, or import an unmanaged solution