Create an Azure Key Vault credential

The Credentials page in Power Automate allows you to create, edit, and share sign in credentials using Azure Key Vault and use them in desktop flow connections.

You can also create credentials with CyberArk® (preview).


  • Currently, this feature isn't available for US Government Clouds.


Credentials use secrets stored in Azure Key Vault. To allow you to create credentials, your administrator needs to configure Azure Key Vault first.

In a nutshell, admin needs to ensure:

  1. Microsoft Power Platform resource provider is registered in Azure subscription.
  2. There's an Azure Key Vault that contains the secrets to be used in the credentials.
  3. Dataverse service principal has permissions to use the secrets.
  4. Users who create the environment variable have appropriate permissions to the Azure Key Vault resource.
  5. The Power Automate environment and the Azure subscription must be on the same tenant.

To configure Azure Key Vault, follow the steps described in Configure Azure Key Vault.

Create a credential

To create your credentials:

  1. Go to the Credentials page.
  2. Select more in the left nav, then select Discover all.
  3. Under Data, select Credentials. You can pin the page in the left nav to make it more accessible.

In the credentials page, you can now create your first credential.

Screenshot of defining the name of the credential.

To create your credential, you need to provide the following information:

  • Credential name: Enter a name for the credential
  • Description (optional)

After selecting next, you need to select Azure Key Vault as a credential store.

In the last step of the wizard, you select username and password or create new ones:

  • Username: To select a username, you can use the dropdown. If you don’t have any environment variables, select new:
    • Display name. Enter a name for the environment variable.

    • Name. The unique name is automatically generated from the Display name, but you can change it.

    • Value. Populate the name of the user. For local users, provide username. For domain users, provide <DOMAIN\username> or <>.

      Screenshot of defining the username of the credential.


Credential username is a text environment variable. You can also create a text variable from the solutions page and select it as username.

  • Password: To select a password, you can use the dropdown. If you don’t have any secret environment variables, select new:
    • Display name. Enter a name for the environment variable.
    • Name. The unique name is automatically generated from the Display name, but you can change it.
    • Subscription id. The Azure subscription ID associated with the key vault.
    • Resource group name. The Azure resource group where the key vault that contains the secret is located.
    • Azure key vault name. The name of the key vault that contains the secret.
    • Secret name. The name of the secret located in Azure Key Vault.

Screenshot of defining the password of the credential.


The subscription ID, resource group name, and key vault name can be found on the Azure portal Overview page of the key vault. The secret name can be found on the key vault page in the Azure portal by selecting Secrets under Settings. User access validation for the secret is performed in the background. If the user doesn’t have at least read permission, this validation error is displayed: "This variable didn't save properly. User is not authorized to read secrets from 'Azure Key Vault path'." Passwords use secret environment variables. You can also create a secret variable from the solutions page and select it as password.

Create desktop flow connections using a credential

Note: Credentials are only supported in the desktop flow connections for now.

You can now use your credential in a desktop flow connections

View where secrets are used

From Solutions page, you can retrieve all the dependencies of secret environment variables. This helps you to understand where your Azure Key Vault secrets are used before editing them.

  • Select one environment variable.
  • Select the advanced option and select Show dependencies.
  • You can see:
    • The credentials using this environment variable.
    • The connections using this environment variable.

Share a credential

You can share the credentials you own with other users in your organization and give those users specific permissions to access it.

  1. Sign-in to Power Automate, and then go to Credentials.
  2. Select your credential from the list of credentials.
  3. On the command bar, select Share.
  4. Select Add people, enter the name of the person in your organization with whom you would like to share the credentials, and then select the role you want to grant to this user:
    • Co-owner (can edit). This access level gives full permission to that credential. Co-owners can use the credential, share it with others, edit its details, and delete it.
    • User (can view only). This access level only gives permission to use the credential. No edit, share, or delete permissions are possible with this access.
    • User (can view and share). This access level is the same as the can view only option, but it gives permission to share.
  5. Select Save.


By sharing your credential, all the environment variables used in the credential are shared as well. Removing permissions on a credential doesn't remove permissions on the environment variables.

Delete a credential

  1. Sign in to Power Automate, and then go to Credentials.
  2. From the list, select the credential you want to delete, and then select Delete machine on the command bar.


Deleting a credential doesn't delete the associated environment variables.

Export a desktop flow connection using credential


You should first read the article about ALM for desktop flows.

You can export a cloud flow with a desktop flow connection using credential. You should import the solution containing the credential and the related environment variables first then import the one containing the cloud flow and the desktop flow.


  • Currently, this feature is available only for desktop flow connections.
  • Creating credentials in the new designer isn't available yet.
  • You can't edit the selected environment variables in an existing credential. If you want to change the value of username and password, you need to either update the environment variables or the Azure Key Vault secret.
  • Update of connections using credentials is asynchronous. It can take up to one minute for the desktop flow connection to use the new credentials after the secret is updated.

Update a secret (password rotation) - Deprecated


This section is now deprecated. All the connections using Credentials are now retrieving secrets during the flow execution. It is not necessary anymore to create this custom flow to update the connections. The connections using Credentials created before April 2024 should be updated to benefit of the automatic update.

Prerequisites for updating a secret (password rotation)


This section requires specific permissions such as system admin of the organization otherwise only your own desktop flow connections will be updated.

Create a cloud flow using Event Grid trigger

When you edit secrets in your Azure Key Vault, you want to ensure that the credentials and connections using these secrets are always up to date to avoid breaking your automations. In Power Automate, you need to create a cloud flow that updates the credentials when secrets are changed in Azure Key Vault.

This cloud flow contains one trigger and one action:

  1. Trigger: When a resource event occurs (Event Grid)
    • Resource type: Microsoft.KeyVault.vaults
    • Resource name: Provide the name of the key vault.
    • Subscription: Provide the name of the subscription.
    • Event type: Microsoft.KeyVault.SecretNewVersionCreated
  2. Action: Perform an unbound action (Dataverse)
    • Action name: NotifyEnvironmentVariableSecretChange
    • KeyVaultUrl: Topic
    • Secret name: Subject

Screenshot of the Dataverse action.

If you use one Key Vault for all your secrets, you need only one cloud flow. If you have several Key Vaults, you need to duplicate the cloud flow and update the resource name.

To ensure that your cloud flow is working correctly with Azure Key Vault:

  1. Go to your Key Vault.
  2. Select Events.
  3. In Events subscriptions, check if you can see a LogicApps webhook.

Screenshot of Event subscriptions in Azure Key Vault.