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Mastering Deep Linking in Power Apps: A Step-by-Step Guide

Updated: Jan 8

Hey there, Power Apps enthusiasts! Ever found yourself wishing you could send someone a direct link to a specific record in your Power Apps application? Well, today is your lucky day. In this blog post, you're going to learn the ins and outs of setting up deep linking in Power Apps, specifically with Dataverse. By the end of this read, you'll be a deep linking wizard. 🧙‍♂️


What is Deep Linking in Power Apps?


Deep linking in Power Apps is a technique that allows you to create URLs that point directly to a specific, generally "deep" location within your app. Instead of sending someone to the home screen, you can send them straight to the information they need. It's like having a VIP pass to the best parts of your app!


While we will demo sending deep links via an Outlook email reminder once you understand how to create the URL, you can distribute them any way you want. Via Teams, Power BI, Power Automate, even embedded in a SharePoint List


Why Dataverse?


Dataverse is a powerful data service provided by Microsoft that integrates seamlessly with Power Apps. It offers robust capabilities, including the ability to create primary keys for your records, which is crucial for deep linking.


Does it work with SharePoint or SQL?

Yes, this works for any of your tabular data sources including SharePoint Online and Azure SQL Server for example. The key is your data source needs a primary key that you can reference and then you need to Lookup that record. I only used Dataverse because it is the easiest data source for me to make the app and tables downloadable via out Training subscriptions.


Let's Get Started


Step 1: Identify the Primary Key in Dataverse


The first thing you need to do is identify the primary key in your Dataverse table. This unique identifier is what you'll use to create your deep link. To find it, go to your Dataverse table and look for the column labeled as the "unique identifier."


Step 2: Craft Your URL


Once you have your primary key, you can start crafting your URL. The URL will look something like this:

Replace `YOUR_APP_ID`, `YOUR_TENANT_ID`, and `PRIMARY_KEY` with your specific details. Remember to get everything before &empID=PRIMARY_KEY you can go to Power Apps, click Apps, find your app and then click Details. You want the Web link.


Step 3: Use the OnStart Property


In your Power Apps app, go to the `App` object and find the `OnStart` property. Here, you'll set a variable to capture the primary key from the URL using the `Param` function.

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Set(varEmpID, Param("empID"))

Step 4: Navigate to the Record


Now, you'll use the `Navigate` function to go to the specific screen where the record is displayed. You'll use the `Lookup` function to find the record that matches the primary key.

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Navigate(EditScreen, Lookup(YourTable, PrimaryKeyColumn = varEmpID))

Replace `EditScreen`, `YourTable`, and `PrimaryKeyColumn` with your specific details.


Step 5: Test It Out


The last step is to test your deep link. Send the URL via email, click on it, and you should be taken directly to the specific record in your Power Apps app.


Watch the Video Tutorial


For a more detailed walkthrough, including some pro tips and tricks, check out this video tutorial: Master Power Apps Deep Linking with Dataverse


Need Help?


Setting up deep linking can be a bit tricky, but the benefits are huge. If you find yourself stuck or just want to take your Power Apps skills to the next level, PowerApps911 is here to help. Just scroll down the page and tell us how we can help you via the Contact form.


If you prefer to learn on your own, there is a downloadable app included with this video in our YouTube training library for only $15/month!

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