Importing PowerApps package as a SharePoint list form

The functionality in PowerApps allowing to export an application and then import it in a different environment or to migrate it this way to your customer’s tenant is known. However this works like a charm when talking about standalone apps. Is it possible to import a list form made in PowerApps as well? Yes! Maybe not very straightforward, but yes.


Before you start reading – watch this screencast. Hopefully it will help you to find answers to all your questions 🙂

Exporting an app

First you need to export your existing PowerApp list form. This is done the same as for the standalone app. Simply open your app in the designer, then in “Save” menu click “See all versions”:

Navigating to the "Export package" functionality
Navigating to the “Export package” functionality

Then in the opened page click “Export package” link:

Exporting PowerApps app as a package
Exporting PowerApps app as a package

Then, depending on your scenario, set name of the package, mark whether the app should be imported as a new one, or to update existing one. For the purposes of this post I selected “Create as new”.

Adjusting exported app configuration

If you try to import the app right away, you face errors – app fails to import, showing e.g. the below errors:

Errors when trying to directly import PowerApps list form package
Errors when trying to directly import PowerApps list form package

And when you open the error’s details:


This is due to the fact, that inside the package file there are defined relationships and GUIDs to the lists and site from the source location.

To solve it, first you need to create all the required lists, preferably with the same titles and columns, as there were in the source environment.

Then open the exported app – this is a ZIP file, therefore even using Windows Explorer you should be able to get into its contents.

After opening the ZIP, navigate to the last folder you can find. It is the only folder in the “apps” subfolder, under the path:
Microsoft.PowerApps\apps\[numeric values]

Inside the folder look for the only JSON file. Open it using e.g. Visual Studio Code. The code inside basically defines the app configuration. What is important, is to make changes in the following sections.

In the connectionReferences section you will find all the connections defined and used by the application, e.g. Outlook, OneDrive and others and certainly, for this case – SharePoint. Now look for the dataSets section. It contains definitions of all lists that are being used by the application. Adjust their GUIDs to the values from you target environment:

            "connectionReferences": {
                "1dd34a9f-a232-48d7-b9b1-f3a149529511": {
                    "id": "49384936-6f18-4567-8283-411e553280d2",
                    "displayName": "SharePoint",
                    "iconUri": "",
                    "dataSources": [
                    "dependencies": [],
                    "dependents": [],
                    "parameterHints": {},
                    "isOnPremiseConnection": false,
                    "bypassConsent": false,
                    "dataSets": {
                        "URL TO THE SITE": {
                            "dataSources": {
                                "LIST NAME": {
                                    "tableName": "LIST GUID"

Next scroll to embeddedApp section. It defines the location where the app should be deployed. Change siteId, listId and listUrl to values related to your target environment.

"embeddedApp": {
                "siteId": "SITE URL",
                "listId": "DESTINANTION LIST’S GUID",
                "listUrl": "DESTINATION LIST’S URL",
                "type": "SharepointFormApp",
                "screenWidth": 1185,
                "screenHeight": 790

In the end save the file elsewhere and update the related file in the archive (app package). Once done, go to in your target environment.

Importing PowerApps package as a SharePoint list form

This process is also the same as when importing a package of a standalone app. Simply open the “Apps” page in PowerApps and then click the “Import package” link:

Importing PowerApps app package
Importing PowerApps app package

Then navigate to your saved ZIP file with the modified JSON file inside. After selecting it, importing mechanism asks whether to import app as new one, or to update. In my scenario there is no app to be updated, therefore I chose to import it as new. After couple of seconds your app is properly imported as a list’s form.

After doing that please remember to open your imported form in the designer, and check whether all data sources were properly re-linked and that all permissions are working fine. If you face any issues with accessing the lists, simply remove these data sources and add them again.

Remember publish your app at the end. Enjoy!

Tomasz Poszytek

Hi, I am Tomasz. I am expert in the field of process automation and business solutions' building using Power Platform. I am Microsoft MVP and Nintex vTE.

  • Pieter Temmerman

    Thanks! Didn’t know it was possible and I needed it ;).

    March 18, 2019 at 2:20 pm Reply
  • Deepthi

    I followed all the steps mentioned in this article, but at the end and it fails to import package.
    Error Message : “Something went wrong. Please try again”

    March 29, 2019 at 11:54 am Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      Well.. I can’t say what went wrong. What you could do is to send me the package? Post a new message in, attach the file and mention me: TomaszPoszytek.

      March 29, 2019 at 12:04 pm Reply
      • Laks

        I am also getting Error while importing the package “Something went wrong. Please try again”.
        Any idea?

        July 22, 2019 at 4:13 pm Reply
        • Tomasz Poszytek

          I don’t know what you’re doing with the package. Honestly speaking can’t say why you see the error.

          July 28, 2019 at 8:12 pm Reply
    • David Underwood

      When you’re zipping your folder back up be sure the zip file is created correctly. For example, if you right-click the folder your files are contained within and use 7zip to create a zip, it’ll nest a folder inside so the hierarchy won’t be right for the import. When you look at the contents of your zip file you should see manifest.json and a folder Microsoft.PowerApps.

      September 6, 2019 at 3:02 pm Reply
  • Chetan

    Excellent article, Tomasz!!! Saved a day for me.

    June 4, 2019 at 12:16 pm Reply
  • Swapnil Lad

    Hi Tomasz,

    Im following exact steps you have explained but still im getting the error “The sharePoint request failed with error: ‘{“error_description”:”Exception of type ‘Microsoft.IdentityModel.Tokens.AudienceUriValidationFailedException’ was thrown.”}’. The tracking Id is ‘f27f5d01-f7bc-42bb-881b-b8696c2118df'”.

    Can you please let me know if we need to do additional changes?

    Im trying to import package on another tenant.

    Thanks in advance.

    Swapnil Lad

    June 11, 2019 at 7:33 am Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      That is the error that you see when you try to export a package and import to a new environment. Have you changed the GUIDs in JSON inside the file as described?

      June 11, 2019 at 12:18 pm Reply
  • Pavel Sheludkov

    Hi Tomasz,

    Brilliant article, thank you for sharing!
    Did you try to use the same approach when a targeting environment is within the same site collection?


    June 24, 2019 at 7:34 am Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      Thank you for your kind words.
      Yes, I did two tests, one to migrate to a whole new tenant, the second one was a migration between lists in the same tenant.

      June 24, 2019 at 7:44 am Reply
  • Sathya

    hi I tried the above steps design got reflected in the target but the data and its rules were not populated in target

    July 4, 2019 at 8:03 am Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      That is partly correct. Once you import app this way it will be imported, however you need to reattach all the data sources. Remove the existing ones and add them again. Then check the issues and fix them.

      July 4, 2019 at 9:47 am Reply
  • Nilesh Singh

    Hi Tomasz,

    I have a customized list on my Production site and i wanted that list to get created on my test site. My had exported the package and updated as per your suggestion but getting below error message.
    The sharePoint request failed with error: ‘{“odata.error”:{“code”:”-1, Microsoft.SharePoint.SPConnectorException”,”message”:{“lang”:”en-US”,”value”:”An App already exists for this list. Remove the existing App before adding a new one.”}}}’. The tracking Id is ‘29507748-34da-4227-8d3d-40a2161b847b’

    I wanted to customize my list (test site) to use powerapps form.

    Please suggest.

    September 6, 2019 at 8:47 am Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      You need to go into your list’s settings, then to Form settings and delete the existing PowerApps form. Then try to import it again.
      The point is, it can’t overwrite it.

      September 6, 2019 at 8:54 am Reply
      • Nilesh Singh

        Thanks for you input, I able to import this but While click on New Item i can not able to see the my modified form.. Do i need to do update some properties.

        Please suggest.

        September 6, 2019 at 9:10 am Reply
        • Tomasz Poszytek

          So once you import the form you then have to publish it. The same way you do it with every other list form 🙂

          September 6, 2019 at 9:20 am Reply
          • Nilesh Singh

            Thank you for your response. I could able to publish the form on my list but getting one issue while saving the data it is saving on the production list.

            Could you please suggest what i missed…


            September 6, 2019 at 10:13 am
    • Sayali

      It worked like a charm! Thank you so much!

      April 16, 2020 at 1:02 pm Reply
  • Nilesh Singh

    I am getting below message while selecting the custom form option.

    You have to publish your form from within PowerApps to make this option work.

    Please suggest.

    September 6, 2019 at 9:12 am Reply
  • David Underwood

    Thanks for this great article.

    Some additional items of note for folks following this article:

    After you import, go back to your list settings and then ‘Form Settings.’ Once there you’ll need to select ‘Use a custom form created in PowerApps’ and click OK. This won’t get your form working though, you still need to publish. To do this, click ‘Modify form in PowerApps’ and the form you imported will be opened in PowerApps. Make a quick edit (you can move a box to the right and back to the left for example to cause an edit to be picked up) and then Save. After saving, Publish. Be sure to hit CTRL+F5 on your SharePoint List and then click ‘New’ to see the new form.

    If you’re having trouble importing as new you may have a form already associated with the list. In this case you’ll need to delete it. Be sure you wish to delete it (you may want to open it first) and the go to the list settings, ‘Form Settings’ and choose ‘Use the default SharePoint Form’ and click ‘OK.’ After clicking ‘OK’ on the page refresh click ‘Delete custom form’ under the option provided to use a custom form. You should now be able to import with create new to attach the imported item to your list.

    September 6, 2019 at 3:07 pm Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      Hey! Thank for your contribution and following information. I appreciate it.

      September 7, 2019 at 4:33 pm Reply
      • Nilesh Singh


        Its works for me. Only thing i am wondering even though i had make the changes in the data-source connection from the test site. It is still pointing to the source/Prod site collection.

        I had modify the form in power-app and deleted the existing connection and added my new connection (test site).

        I published the form and now its working as expected.

        thanks a lot for this nice article.

        September 9, 2019 at 9:37 am Reply
    • murali

      Its really helpful if you make a video.

      requesting to Tomasz and David kindly reply.
      I have a sharepoint list with simple date fields(4 fields+1 title), i have already did a powerapps form which i customized from list newItems.aspx.
      So this sample/Simple form i would like to move another site(both are SPO)

      Steps during Export what i did
      1. Opened List NewItems.aspx Form in powerapp
      2. From Apps-Exported (after published then i can see versions) downloaded package file in compressed format
      3. Opened JSOM File under(Microsoft.PowerApps\apps\[numeric values])
      First Time i just changed only below parameters
      “embeddedApp”: {
      “siteId”: “SITE URL”,//my taget site url
      “listId”: “DESTINANTION LIST’S GUID”, //copied from list settings page
      “listUrl”: “DESTINATION LIST’S URL”, //site/Lists/ListName/Allitems.aspx
      “type”: “SharepointFormApp”, //Not chanaged
      “screenWidth”: 1185, //No Change
      “screenHeight”: 790 //No change
      Saved file, compressed and uploaded(means compressed file that contains all files how its downloaded)
      means Microsoft.PowerApps\apps\[numeric values]\.jsom+all other files
      ,I didn`t changed other than any thing
      during uploading package(Importing) getting error some thing went wrong.

      Second time just uploaded only compressed file .json excluding all files.
      But still same error some thing went wrong.

      kindly help here whats wrong here.

      Second time just changed

      October 16, 2019 at 3:43 pm Reply
      • Tomasz Poszytek

        I’ve recorded a screencast where I am trying to explain how to make that migration. Please see it. It’s in the beginning of the post. I hope it will answer all your questions.

        December 31, 2019 at 1:06 pm Reply
  • Quan

    Hi Tomasz.

    thank you for saving my day.

    it works for me, however when checking in powerapps i’ve receive 4 error messages.

    Could you please help me?
    Errors are
    1.Name isn’t correct…
    2.The function LookUp
    3.Invalid Argument type

    September 30, 2019 at 8:02 am Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      To be honest I can’t resolve it this way. I didn’t face such errors. But possibly you could just check them and adjust to the new datasource? Maybe you have different internal names? Or some other small differences in the list, that causes those errors?

      October 1, 2019 at 9:13 am Reply
  • Dileep

    Hi Followed the steps and i am able to import the app. As suggested I deleted the existing form before import and when i try to modify or open the app i am getting “Error opening app”

    October 11, 2019 at 12:13 pm Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      I’ve recorded a screencast where I am trying to explain how to make that migration. Please see it. It’s in the beginning of the post. I hope it will answer all your questions.

      December 31, 2019 at 1:06 pm Reply
  • Murali

    Its really helpful if you make a video.

    October 16, 2019 at 1:38 pm Reply
  • Vivek

    I have tried as you described the in this article, but I still get Something went wrong. Please try again later error.

    October 16, 2019 at 2:03 pm Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      I’ve recorded a screencast where I am trying to explain how to make that migration. Please see it. It’s in the beginning of the post. I hope it will answer all your questions.

      December 31, 2019 at 1:06 pm Reply
  • Pixel

    everything almost worked.

    when changing the data source in powerapps to the new sharepoint data souce, it tells me “would you like to replace the data cards. this will replace all the cards on this form with new ones, based on your data.”

    if i say yes, it takes out all the formatting and design. if i say no, it removes the the data source connection. not sure how to reconnect the new one.

    October 24, 2019 at 10:00 pm Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      Don’t replace datacards unless you want to build the form from a scratch again. Also, I’ve recorded a screencast where I am trying to explain how to make that migration. Please see it. It’s in the beginning of the post.

      December 31, 2019 at 1:05 pm Reply
  • Puneet Poojari

    Thanks Tomasz for wonderfull solution. I did sucessfull import – create new but now i am facing issue on Update LIst Form using same method. as i am not able to update as i m not able to see any app linked to it.
    Can you please help me on this

    November 7, 2019 at 9:40 am Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      Hi, so what actually is not working? You were able to import form and set it as a list form, but now you cannot save it?

      November 7, 2019 at 9:50 am Reply
      • Puneet Poojari

        While importing i am able to select Create New option and i can proceed and i am able to work on form in different site. but now i want to use update existing one option while importing (whether the app should be imported as a new one, or to update existing one.).
        On selecting update option, i am not able to see any existing app in the environment which will be updated when this package is imported and import button remains disable.

        Is there any more setting/change i have to make for update purpose??

        November 7, 2019 at 11:29 am Reply
        • Puneet Poojari

          can you help here as i am stuck on updating of powerapps form

          November 12, 2019 at 11:11 am Reply
          • Tomasz Poszytek

            Hi! Sorry for keep you waiting. I’ve recorded a screencast where I am trying to explain how to make that migration. Please see it. It’s in the beginning of the post.

            December 31, 2019 at 1:04 pm
        • Puneet Poojari

          Have u got chance to check on my issue, as i stuck here.

          November 13, 2019 at 6:59 am Reply
  • Smy

    I wanted to import my dev environment form to the prod environment and I get the following error message:
    {“odata.error”:{“code”:”-1, Microsoft.SharePoint.SPConnectorException”,”message”:{“lang”:”fr-FR”,”value”:”List Not Found”}}} .
    I checked the json file and found the right Guids.
    Can you Help me please !

    November 22, 2019 at 10:28 am Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      Hi! Sorry for keep you waiting. I’ve recorded a screencast where I am trying to explain how to make that migration. Please see it. It’s in the beginning of the post.

      December 31, 2019 at 1:04 pm Reply
  • Isa

    Hi Tomas.
    Congratulations for your work.
    Based on your information, I did export a SharePoint list form to a PowerApps standalone. (just the oposite)I got it deliting all embebed option from the JSON, and it works. But, when i save it it say that is going a be published in Sharepoint. Do you Know wich option do manage this? i D’ont find it.
    Thank you so much.
    Best regards.

    January 9, 2020 at 1:52 pm Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      I didn’t find yet a way to really publish a list form as a standalone app. There is too much of manipulation needed both in the JSON and the present msapp file.

      January 9, 2020 at 2:30 pm Reply
      • Isa

        Thank you Tomas. I will inform you if I get

        January 10, 2020 at 11:16 am Reply
  • Therese Baker

    Thanks for the instructions! Worked perfectly for my SharePoint PowerApps form.

    January 27, 2020 at 9:22 pm Reply
  • Martin

    Thanks from Czech Republic. Your post helped me second time now, since I found it earlier last year and have forgotten the procedure 🙂

    February 6, 2020 at 2:52 pm Reply
  • James Tullett

    Hi Tomasz:

    Thankyou for this interesting article. I am using the methods here to attempt to migrate PowerApps between a Test/Development tenant and a Live tenant. At present, my efforts have been more successful with Canvas Apps than with Embedded Applications.

    I did have a question about the field “id” whose value is marked in red in the 5th picture below the video.

    “id”: “49384936-6f18-4567-8283-411e553280d2”

    Where does this value come from?

    I’ve been able to locate all the other GUIDs, URLs and names OK, but haven’t been able to work out this one.
    Is it the tenant GUID?

    February 17, 2020 at 10:48 am Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      It is in red because code formatter uses this color. But it is just an ID of the datasource. You will have different. You shouldn’t modify it.

      February 18, 2020 at 9:03 am Reply
  • Ulises

    HI Tomasz, very useful video and article. It works fine for new list but what would be the procedure if I need to update the form in an existing list?

    March 26, 2020 at 12:06 am Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      I would say you need to re-do the whole procedure from a scratch. So first remove the form, then create it again. Point is, with Power Apps for SharePoint update scenario doesn’t work.

      March 27, 2020 at 10:20 am Reply
  • Alex T

    Hi Tomasz,

    I tried to follow your instructions, but when I finally got to import my PowerApp I got an error saying “The application ” has an invalid definition.”

    Do you know what I might be doing wrong?

    April 25, 2020 at 12:19 am Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      I haven’t faced such an error. Please follow the steps carefully. Maybe you have replaced something too much? There is also video added – try to follow the steps presented there.

      April 27, 2020 at 10:26 am Reply
  • Rodrigo

    Hello Tomasz, thanks for your article. I would like to know if is possible to import a package from powerapps to powerapps portal. Thanks a lot again

    May 5, 2020 at 1:34 am Reply
  • Ravi

    Thanks Tomasz.
    May be this would help someone, My first two attempts failed. For the third attempt, I used 7-zip software and voila, it worked !!!

    May 26, 2020 at 12:40 am Reply

    Hello Tomasz, has Power Apps’ functionality changed in terms of importing? In your screenshot, I see that the import function used to be called “Import package (preview)”. When I tried to import, the verbiage is now “Import canvas app” (and “preview” has disappeared).

    I tried it anyway. First, “update” does not work because Power Apps offered me nothing to update. Then I tried to “Create as new”, but Power Apps complained that I already have an app with the same name. I decided not to rename and try again, because it looks like there is a good chance it will be imported to an environment different than the one I needed (given that no apps were listed as available to update in the environment now).

    In short, it looks like it is no longer possible to import Power Apps packages as SharePoint list forms.

    June 18, 2020 at 2:23 pm Reply

      Sorry, I just watched your video, and saw that the user interface is in line with what my Power Apps shows, and different from the screenshot in the article. I will try again using your video as a guide. Doh!

      June 18, 2020 at 2:33 pm Reply
  • Sonal

    Thanks for the video Tomasz. However I am getting the following error.

    The sharePoint request failed with error: ‘{“odata.error”:{“code”:”-1, Microsoft.SharePoint.SPConnectorException”,”message”:{“lang”:”en-US”,”value”:”List not found”}}}’. The tracking Id is ’17dbe0d8-3707-4a21-b06f-2e5247a6ae83′

    Can you help please.

    July 13, 2020 at 8:52 pm Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      I suppose you copied the list’s guid or name incorrectly.

      July 28, 2020 at 7:50 am Reply
  • Robin Norris

    Tomasz, wow thanks for this brilliant article. Saved me tons of work!

    July 17, 2020 at 5:01 pm Reply
  • Harald Osmann

    Hello Tomasz, any hints how to import into the same site but different list? My reason is that I want to create copies of the existing list as archive lists – which have a different names but should stay in the same site. I fail to import with an error message like “an app for this list already exists…”

    August 14, 2020 at 8:54 am Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      If that list doesn’t have yet a form in Power Apps, simply follow the steps – change name and GUID in the exported app package. In case the list does have PA as a form already, you need to first remove it by going to List Settings -> Forms –> Remove Power Apps form. Then try again.

      August 14, 2020 at 10:52 am Reply
  • Tina

    Hi Tomasz,

    Thanks for the great post. But it only works when trying to move apps between 2 tenants. I get the following error when moving between 2 site collections in same tenant. Please advise. Also I have checked there is no powerapps form for the list.

    The sharePoint request failed with error: ‘{“odata.error”:{“code”:”-1, Microsoft.SharePoint.SPConnectorException”,”message”:{“lang”:”en-US”,”value”:”An App already exists for this list. Remove the existing App before adding a new one.”}}}’. The tracking Id is ‘4ea6a8d4-d230-489e-834e-53314c0cd344’



    August 17, 2020 at 9:48 pm Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      So if you changed list’s GUID and title inside the exported package, as I presented in the video, this must work. I am using this to migrate forms inside the same tenant in my regular work. The only time I see such error is when the list, where I want to import the form already has Power Apps form created.

      August 19, 2020 at 11:52 pm Reply
  • Parthasarathy

    Hi Tomasz,
    This article is working like a charm when we use the Data source name as a same one, but in my case i need to change the Datasource name of the Form. so after importing the form i changed the datasource name and changed all the data source name for the fields.

    once all this done i got error in SharePoint Integration like “fix an error in SharePointIntegration.SelectedHidden property”. Any solution to fix this error. Kindly looking for your reply

    September 29, 2020 at 1:35 pm Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      To fix it you would need to change strings and definitions even deeper in the package. Or simply live with that error 🙂

      October 10, 2020 at 4:12 pm Reply
  • Stella Jones

    Hello – I’m receiving this error after import, and when trying to initialize. “Cannot add connection for the API: c5f568e1-0b9e-4b0e-9a02-96cee051e538. Please make sure it exists and you have access to it.” Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    October 6, 2020 at 5:32 pm Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      I really can’t tell what could be the reason. Double-check you’re using correct guids for the connection.

      October 10, 2020 at 4:18 pm Reply
  • Marco Higueron

    Thank you for sharing. I was having issues because of the way I was zipping the folder after editing the jason file. It’s working now.

    October 13, 2020 at 2:18 am Reply
  • Nilanka

    This is great. Thanks for sharing. I will give it a try .

    October 13, 2020 at 5:17 pm Reply
  • Ofer Gal

    I am using Site Script To configure Sites provisioned by Logic App
    I would like at the same time to apply Form Settings to one of the libraries that are created with content type.
    Is there a C# or powershell to do that?

    October 27, 2020 at 9:21 pm Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      In general this is still a not supported scenario. And so there are no C# or PS scripts that I am aware of.

      November 4, 2020 at 9:01 am Reply
  • Rahul Sharma

    Hi Tomasz,

    Thank you for writing helpful article.
    Everything is working fine, one thing which is data source, when I changed the data source name, it isn’t not reconnecting to the new app after Importing it.
    I saw your previous comment, where you have said, we need to reconnect it back, and that’s a year back. Is there any solution or workaround has been available now for the same, where I can change the things in JSON file and after importing all the data source get connected.

    Thank for your help

    November 9, 2020 at 8:53 am Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      Hi, I know that the post is quite old, however this scenario is still not supported. So this is still a workaround that sometimes work, the other time not.
      I think if you change all the occurrences of the datasource guids in all files within exported package as well inside the msapp file that you will find inside then maybe. But honestly haven’t tried it myself.

      November 9, 2020 at 11:50 am Reply
  • Mike

    Hi Tomas, great information.
    However, I don’t have an ebeddedConnection section in my JSON file – have you seen this issue before?
    The package does import, but I am unable to edit or run it.

    November 13, 2020 at 12:20 pm Reply
  • Ash Carhart

    Hey Tomasz!

    Is it possible to do this with a list in the same SharePoint site? Say i’ve got a list for one department that I want to use for for another and I want the custom powerapps form to come with it?

    So the lists have two different names?

    November 26, 2020 at 6:56 pm Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      Hi, yes it is possible. As described in the post, you need to change name of the list and it’s GUID, to make it work 🙂

      December 2, 2020 at 10:20 am Reply
  • Deanna

    This is terrific! Thank you so much. It’s a lifesaver.

    February 10, 2021 at 10:28 pm Reply
  • Amira

    Great job! Thanks!
    Your video forgot the part about searching the json to find dataset and change the URL name to destination, and about exporting it to “new” vs update. otherwise great!

    February 22, 2021 at 3:54 am Reply
  • Surya

    Great video Thank you for posting and it helped me lot.

    March 5, 2021 at 2:49 am Reply
  • Chintan

    Oh Man. Thx for this wonderful article on backup. I was wondering if this was really possible. I googled and saw only independent app (non list form apps) can only be backup. thank you so much. You made my day! 🙂

    March 24, 2021 at 6:51 am Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      Thank you very much! 😊 I am glad it is helpful for you.

      March 25, 2021 at 10:01 pm Reply
  • Mubarak Adeyemo

    Thanks for this! Clean tutorial.

    Looks like the json file content has changed. Nothing like

    databaserefreneces”: {},

    The closest I have to changing the directory is this: ],
    “dependencies”: [],
    “dependents”: [],
    “parameterHints”: {},
    “isOnPremiseConnection”: false,
    “bypassConsent”: false,
    “dataSets”: {
    “”: {
    “dataSources”: {
    “tblSharePoint”: {
    “tableName”: “23d36853-1364-4d8d-85b1-14231ade4baa”

    I did change the site and the tableName. The import worked but the old SharePoint table is maintained.

    March 31, 2021 at 4:57 pm Reply
  • Nick

    Hi Tomasz, thank you for this great article. I have used this solution successfully in the past, however I am currently running into an error after importing the form package. I am still able to export/import the form, get the new datasource set up in the powerapps designer, save and publish the form with no problems. When I go to my list and click the “New” item button, I am getting an error stating
    “Sorry, something went wrong
    Unable to find the default new form for list (my list)”

    Please let me know if you have any idea why I am receiving this error.

    Thank you!

    April 1, 2021 at 4:54 pm Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      Is this a list that you migrated using Sharegate for example? I’ve seen similar errors. You need to open list using SharePoint Designer and create default forms.
      Or – create list from a scratch.

      April 3, 2021 at 7:08 am Reply
  • Tomasz

    The caller with object id ‘6b8ec4ad-6683-442e-…………..’ does not have permission for connection ‘8e900801-9c19-4721-……….’ under Api ‘shared_logicflows’.

    April 2, 2021 at 10:45 am Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      Possibly you could try updating connectors guids as well. Have you tried it?

      April 3, 2021 at 7:06 am Reply
  • Daniel

    I don’t comment videos overall often and I might not need to do this, however.

    This can seem complex, you did actually explain this in a way that makes it feel so simple.
    Well done Mister.

    June 10, 2021 at 9:36 am Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      Thank you very much for your feedback. I am really glad you found it useful.

      June 10, 2021 at 10:55 am Reply
  • Ramesh Mukka

    Hi Tomasz,
    Great article and Video, thank you for this. One question – While this is working well for new imports, how can i do for updating any changes from Dev to Prod? While I try to choose from list of apps, it doesnt show my App with customized list forms. Is that a limitation? Do I have to delete existing settings from List Settings and import as new app again and always?

    July 3, 2021 at 7:47 am Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      Yes, this is just a workaround, not a supported method. You cannot update existing form. You need to first remove existing one and then upload it again.

      July 12, 2021 at 3:05 pm Reply
      • Jer Harwood

        It will be nice if MS gives a way to do this via the web, but this is at least a way to still manage “one copy” of the app to promote. That said, for updating an existing app as you said, you need to first set the form settings back to use the SharePoint form and delete the customize form from the list settings. I’ve found that if this is a list in a site that is created from a private teams channel there’s no “form settings” in the list settings so you have to manually update the URL from your list settings page to use “FormSettings.aspx” in place of “listedit.aspx”.
        Another thing I’ve found is you still have to manually update the JSON files on the newer export and save them as new copies to add to the zip you’ll be using in the promoted site. I don’t know why you can’t just have that file saved for future use since the name and content of the file are identical to what you end up changing it to. Each time I’ve tried to just use the same file from the last import that has my new site GUID’s and URL’s I get the same import conflict error you (Tomasz) show above.
        The last thing to point out that is quite a pain is the deleted customized form seems to stay cached for a little time so you can’t import too soon after deleting it or you get a name conflict error. The first time I was trying to update my QA version from Dev I spent awhile trying to figure out what was wrong and tried changing the name on the import options (wrench), but it would then error saying an app already exists for that list because it’s the GUID from the deleted one that’s conflicting until it’s no longer in the apps list cache. At least that’s what it seems to be to me. I have yet to determine just how long it us after the previous one was deleted but it seems to be at least a couple hours or more.

        September 22, 2021 at 9:07 pm Reply
        • Tomasz Poszytek

          Thanks for sharing your findings. Yes, I agree MS should create a supported path for importing and upgrading list forms built with Power Apps. I haven’t heard anything about such plans unfortunately.

          September 22, 2021 at 9:28 pm Reply
        • Jer Harwood

          Well, it seems you do have to rename it each time as well. Turns out the errors I were getting were because I was renaming it to what I had named it a previous time. Need to try and find where it is storing this name so we can use the same name. Otherwise each time will require a unique name.

          September 22, 2021 at 10:32 pm Reply
  • Cecil Bergwin


    Great video, just wondering if I’m too late here to make this still work.

    The first step of “Export” (on your video it says Export Package preview), mine just says “Export Package”, when I try to export this I get an error of:

    The provided flow ‘xxx-xxx-xxx’ has been deleted, however the list form works fine and I can edit as per normal, I just really need to export this as you have done so I can use on another list or indeed two I need to setup. Any ideas on this?

    July 15, 2021 at 12:51 pm Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      Have you had a flow being called form this power app? If yes, and it has been deleted, you need as well to remove all references to it from the app, before you can export it.
      And yes, the technique still works.

      August 5, 2021 at 10:08 am Reply
  • Guy De Backer

    I tried the above steps and the import succeeded and everything seems to point that the link between the app and the list is established. But when I try to edit the app (to publish it), it fails with a useless error and a session id. So I don’t know why it fails.
    One addition to the above, I also replaced the site url en GUID’s in the resource file in the msapp file, to adjust the references there too.

    Anyone an idea why it fails to open? I tried with two different custom forms and both have the same issue when trying to open the app in the editor.

    September 23, 2021 at 3:21 pm Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      I must say, that I never succeeded in updating all references in msapp file. I bet there’s somewhere control sum calculated and whenever you do changes, the import is corrupted. So in the end, I am not touching the msapp file contents. But occasionally trying my luck 🙂

      September 23, 2021 at 5:59 pm Reply
  • Denis Molodtsov

    Hi Tomasz. Regarding your comment, “must say, that I never succeeded in updating all references in msapp file.” There an open source tool of this “Flow & Power Apps Migrator”! It converts exported packages to be compatible with the target tenant. It also migrate lists in the latest updates. Not sure, if you are OK with it, but if you had any success using it, , maybe you can also mention it in your article? I see there are a lot of people struggling with this migrations and this free tool might be exactly what they are looking for.

    October 25, 2021 at 1:15 am Reply
  • konishi ken

    Thank you, TOMASZ.
    I couldn’t find this information on any sites written in Japanese.
    Even though I don’t understand English, I was able to install 12 custom forms in the production environment in one day by watching the video.
    Thank you very much.

    February 7, 2022 at 8:42 am Reply
  • Avian Decosta


    Salute to you the way you wrote the article and the way responding to questions and tried to resolve all the respondent issues
    I have created multiple SharePoint List Custom forms using PowerApps for multiple SharePoint site collections which are currently in PowerApp Default Environment which is also the default environment for SharePoint

    Is this possible to move SharePoint PowerApp Form PowerApp Default Environment to another PowerApp environment?

    All SharePoint PowerApp Forms have associated PowerAutomate Flows, will the flow also move automatically to another environment, if we follow your approach?


    February 18, 2022 at 2:25 pm Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      Hi, so all dependencies won’t be moved. Just the app. What you need to do is first move all the flows and create datasource in the target environment and then move the form. After importing the form you will need to check and re-attach flows or what you can do is change their GUIDs when editing the zip file too. So that during manipulation on the zip contents you need to update paths and GUIDs to SharePoint list as well as to flows in the target environment.

      February 18, 2022 at 2:38 pm Reply
      • Avian Decosta

        Hello Thomas,

        Thanks for the guidance.

        What is the best way to move all the flow from one environment to another environment in the same tenant? Because we are planning to move App from one environment to another environment in the same tenant.

        One more question is it necessary that the target environment should be SharePoint Environment because we are planning to move Customize SharePoint List Forms developed in PowerApps, just want to re-confirm or we can move in any environment.

        Is there any way to convert Customize SharePoint List Forms developed in PowerApps to Canvas Form? Any tool or any blog?


        February 18, 2022 at 5:45 pm Reply
  • Akhgar Dilmo

    Hello TOMASZ,

    i tried the above steps. Managed to import the powerapps. but when i tried a new Item from SharePoint, it used the default sharepoint form instead of the PowerApps form. Any idea please?


    March 11, 2022 at 5:53 pm Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      Hi, are you sure that after importing you have published the new form? Weren’t there any errors? Plus, have you first clicked within the list to create a new form for it? And then imported the existing form?

      March 24, 2022 at 9:57 am Reply
  • visuary

    Microsoft made changes that broke this functionality in March 2022. This app that automates this process via PowerShell also no longer works:

    April 1, 2022 at 6:22 pm Reply
    • KH

      According to github site for the app, that issue has been fixed.

      March 24, 2023 at 2:06 pm Reply
  • KH

    What if you developed a custom canvas app outside of a SharePoint list (i.e. not using the integration options in the list but creating a canvas app from scratch and adding the SharePoint list connection from there)? How do you embed the custom app back to the SharePoint list without having to recreate/customize a new app from the SharePoint list. Can the embeddedApp json code be added to a custom canvas app that was created outside of the SharePoint list? How would I go about it?

    March 24, 2023 at 2:04 pm Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      I haven’t tried it, so hard to say. Basically it’s all a JSON file, so should be feasible, but it’s hard to say what would be the steps to accomplish it.

      April 4, 2023 at 9:31 pm Reply
  • Paulo

    Great Tutorial and thank you for that. I am having a problem. For some reason I am getting a message that the app already exist, but I can’t find it anywhere. I have gone to SharePoint and deleted the customized app but I still get the same error.

    May 16, 2023 at 6:07 pm Reply
    • Tomasz Poszytek

      It may be that there is an orphaned Power Apps still created… Try giving it a different name. Or if this is not a problem – create new list, with a different name.

      May 27, 2023 at 8:36 pm Reply

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