Sign up for the Power Apps Developer Plan

The Power Apps Developer Plan gives you a free development environment to build and test with Power Apps, Power Automate, and Microsoft Dataverse.

The plan enables you to:

  • Create apps and flows without writing code, with full-featured Power Apps and Power Automate development tools. Easily share and collaborate on these solutions with others.

  • Connect to any data source by using 400+ out of the box connectors or by creating your own custom connectors.

  • Use a fully managed, scalable data platform with Dataverse, including support for common business application actions. Use out-of-the-box common tables or build your own data schema.

  • Export the solutions you create in your developer environment, and publish them on Microsoft AppSource so your customers can test-drive them.

Improvements from the previous Power Apps Community Plan

In May 2021, we extended the capabilities of the Power Apps Community Plan to meet the needs of developers and rebranded it as the Power Apps Developer Plan.

Key changes include:

  • The ability to share apps with team members for development and testing purposes
  • Increased capacity allocations

Note

Existing Power Apps Community Plan users will also get all of these updates.

Who can sign up for the Power Apps Developer Plan?

Anyone with a work or school email address backed by Azure Active Directory can sign up for the Power Apps Developer Plan.

Where can I sign up for the Power Apps Developer Plan?

Sign up on the Power Apps Developer Plan website.

After signing up for the Developer Plan, you'll be redirected to Power Apps. You may need to select your developer environment from the top right of the screen. It will be shown with your name, for example "John Doe's environment." If there's already an environment with that name, the developer environment will be named "John Doe's (1) environment." You'll need to use this developer environment, instead of your tenant’s default environment, to use certain capabilities such as premium and custom connectors.

Individual environment for Developer Plan.

Get the Developer Plan with Visual Studio Dev Essentials

If you're a Visual Studio Dev Essentials user, the Power Apps Developer Plan is included in your benefits. Visit My benefits and select the Power Apps tile to sign up for the Power Apps Developer Plan.

Power Apps Developer Plan in Visual Studio.

Which features are included in the Power Apps Developer Plan?

With the developer environment, you get the following functionality:

Functionalities Developer environment
Key features
Create and test apps Yes. You can create unlimited apps for development and test purposes.
Share apps Yes
Use Dataverse Yes
Model your data using Dataverse Yes
Enterprise-grade administration of the environment and user policies Yes
Connectivity
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
Dataverse
Create and run applications In Power Platform, Dynamics 365, Teams, or Standalone using the .Net SDK or OData API Yes
Model your data in Dataverse Yes
Create a database in Dataverse Yes
Create and use dataflows No
Management
Add coworkers as environment makers and admins Yes
Add coworkers to the database roles Yes
Supports data policies established by the Office 365 administrator Yes
Establish data policies for the developer environment Yes

What are the capacity limits for the developer environment?

The following capacity limits apply to the developer environments:

Capacity Limits
Flow runs/month 750
Database size 2 GB

You can't increase capacity by applying add-ons to the quantities we include. If you hit capacity limits, we recommend purchasing the Power Apps Per User Plan. Learn more from the Power Apps pricing page.

Note

The capacity entitlements of the developer environment, whether used or not, doesn't contribute to your company's overall quota.

Publishing to Microsoft AppSource

Do you have an app that you'd like to share with customers? We now support Power Apps solutions on Microsoft AppSource as a way for you to share apps and flows with customers, and generate leads for your business. For more information, see Publish your app on AppSource.

FAQ

The following section lists frequently asked questions relevant to the Power Apps Developer Plan. For more information about different types of environments including the developer environment, see Types of environments in Power Platform.

What should I do if I reach the capacity limits of the environment?

There's a limited capacity provided because this environment is meant for development and test purposes, not for production use. The capacity limits are:

Capacity Limits
Flow runs/month 750
Database size 2 GB

If you reach one or more capacity limits, we recommend you purchase a plan that supports production use. Learn more about our plans on the Power Apps pricing page.

Can I transfer the apps, flows, and other resources created in the developer environment to another environment?

Yes, you should be able to export the resources from this environment to other environments. For more information, see Solutions.

Will my Power Apps Developer Plan subscription ever expire?

You can continue using your Power Apps Developer Plan for free as long as there's active usage and no abuse of the plan (for example, apps aren't used for production purposes and the capacity limits aren't exceeded).

Can I get or create multiple developer environments?

Currently, no. You can only have one developer environment, which is created for you by Power Apps when you sign up for the Developer Plan.

What's the difference between the Power Apps Plan Trial and Power Apps Developer Plan? Which one should I sign up for?

Both Power Apps Plan Trial and Power Apps Developer Plan are free, but are created for different purposes:

  • Power Apps Plan Trial gives you the Power Apps per user plan for 30 days. This duration is meant for trying out production Power Apps applications. Once your trial expires, you can purchase a plan. If you're already using Power Apps with Office 365 or Dynamics 365, this is the right plan to test the premium functionalities of Power Apps, which are available with paid Power Apps plans.

  • Power Apps Developer Plan gives you perpetual access to the same Power Apps functionality available in paid plans (aligned with Trials), including Dataverse and Power Automate, but in a developer environment meant for development and test use only. A paid plan is required to deploy or run solutions in a production environment for production use.

Can I sign up with my personal account?

No, we currently don't support signing up with a personal account. You can only sign up with your work or school account.

Can I reset or delete my developer environment?

Resetting a developer environment isn't currently supported; however, it can be deleted. The owner of the developer environment, or users with the permission to delete an environment can delete a developer environment.

However, even after deleting a user's developer environment, a new developer environment will be created when the user signs into Power Apps maker portal again—as long as the user continues to have the Microsoft Power Apps for Developer license. The user can then provision a Dataverse database in the new developer environment.

To remove the Developer Plan capability from a user permanently, a member of the Power Platform related service admin roles must perform the following actions:

Does the Power Apps Developer plan include Power Automate RPA use rights?

No. However, users may start a Power Automate trial including RPA use rights to try out RPA capabilities. Power Apps Developer plan includes cloud flow use rights since these can be connected to an act as an extension of Power Apps apps.

Does the Power Apps Developer plan include AI Builder use rights?

No. However, users may start an AI Builder trial to try out the AI Builder capabilities.

Why does a banner appear with apps running in the developer environment?

Since developer environments aren't intended to support production scenarios, apps display a temporary banner to remind makers about them running in a developer environment. This banner will no longer appear if you move the app from a developer environment to a non-developer environment.

Power Apps Developer Environment app banner.

Are Dynamics 365 apps available in a developer environment?

No. Dynamics 365 apps can't be installed in a developer environment. You'll see the following message when you try to install them:

"Installing Dynamics 365 apps such as Dynamics 365 Sales and Dynamics 365 Customer Service is only supported on environments that have been created with a database with the option to Enable Dynamics 365 apps set to “Yes”. Try installing this application in an environment with a database and Enable Dynamics 365 apps enabled on it."

If you want to explore Dynamics 365 apps, refer to the app-specific documentation for free trials, or to install them on existing environments.