About the Power Apps Developer Plan - Power Platform (2023)

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If you don't already have a Power Platform subscription, the simplest way to get access to a Power Platform environment is to sign up for the Power Apps Developer plan. You can explore Power Platform at full potential for learning at no cost.

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

Who can sign up for the Power Apps Developer Plan?

Anyone with awork or school email address backed by Azure Active Directorycan sign up for the Power Apps Developer Plan.

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How can I get the Power Apps Developer Plan?

You can get the plan using one of the following ways:

Which features are included in the Power Apps Developer Plan?

With the developer environment, you get the following functionality:

FunctionalitiesDeveloper environment
Key features
Create and test appsYes. You can create unlimited apps for development and test purposes.
Share appsYes
Use DataverseYes
Model your data using DataverseYes
Enterprise-grade administration of the environment and user policiesYes
Connect to Office 365, Dynamics 365, and other connectorsYes
Connect to cloud-based services like Azure SQL, Dropbox, Twitter, and many moreYes
Use premium connectors like Salesforce, DB2 and many moreYes
Access on‐premises data using an on-premises gatewayYes
Create custom connectors to connect to your own systemsYes
Create and run applications In Power Platform, Dynamics 365, Teams, or Standalone using the .Net SDK or OData APIYes
Model your data in DataverseYes
Create a database in DataverseYes
Create and use dataflowsNo
Add coworkers as environment makers and adminsYes
Add coworkers to the database rolesYes
Supports data policies established by the Office 365 administratorYes
Establish data policies for the developer environmentYes

What are the capacity limits for the developer environment?

The following capacity limits apply to the developer environments:

Flow runs/month750
Database size2 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 thePower Apps pricing page.


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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 onMicrosoft AppSourceas a way for you to share apps and flows with customers, and generate leads for yourbusiness. For more information, seePublish your app on AppSource.


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:

Flow runs/month750
Database size2 GB

If you reach one or more capacity limits, we recommend you purchase a plan thatsupports production use. Learn more about our plans on thePower Apps pricingpage.

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,seeSolutions.

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). Environments created using Power Apps Developer Plan that are inactive for the last 90 days will be deleted after notifying the environment owners.

Can I get or create multiple developer environments?

Yes. You have one developer environment, which is created for you by Power Platform when you sign up for the Developer Plan. You can create up to three environments in the Power Platform admin center.

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:

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  • Power Apps Plan Trialgives you the Power Apps per user plan for 30 days. This duration is meant for trying out production Power Apps applications. Once your trialexpires, 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 Plangives you 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 yourwork or schoolaccount.

Can I reset or delete my developer environment?

Yes. 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.

Can I prevent users from creating developer environments?

Yes. To prevent users from creating developer environments, go to Control environment creation.

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.

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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.

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
  • The ability to create up to three environments


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

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Next step

Create a developer environment with the Power Apps Developer Plan

See also

Power Platform for developers
Fusion Development


About the Power Apps Developer Plan - Power Platform? ›

The Power Apps Developer Plan gives you a free development environment to build and test with Power Apps, Power Automate, and Microsoft Dataverse. It enables you to: Create apps and flows without writing code, with full-featured Power Apps and Power Automate development tools.

What are the responsibilities of Power Apps developer? ›

Responsible for developing PowerApps model and canvas driven apps. Utilize problem-solving skills to understand process pain points and troubleshoot as challenges arise. Installation and configuration of data gateways. Development of Azure logic apps and functions and analytics integration.

What is Power Apps per app plan or Power Apps per user plan? ›

Power Apps per app plan which allows individual users to run applications (one app or one portal) for a specific business scenario based on the full capabilities of Power Apps for $5/user/app/month. This plan provides an easy way for customers to get started with the platform before broader scale adoption.

Is Power Apps part of Power Platform? ›

Why use Power Apps as part of Microsoft Power Platform. Quickly build professional-grade apps, create automated workflows, connect to diverse data sources, and embed dashboards into your apps when you use Power Apps with other Microsoft Power Platform solutions.

Is Power Apps good for developers? ›

It is one of the best low-code application builders in its niche. All developers can use PowerApps to build professional-grade apps that solve complex problems quickly. It is one of the best low-code application builders in its niche.


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