Call HTTP Request from a Canvas Power App using Flow and get back Response | Power Automate

Now, there are several questions about how can we make HTTP requests from a Canvas Power App. Well, as of today, only HTTP with Azure AD exists in native Canvas Power App Connectors, so in order to call HTTP requests only to external resources, you’ll need to go via a Flow and get response back.

Scenario

Call a Flow from within a Canvas Power App and capture the response back in the Canvas Power App.

In my example to keep things easy, I’m using a sample HTTP request provided by https://openweathermap.org/ (OpenWeatherMap) [I know there are native Weather connectors, but I’m just using as an example]

Flow

Here’s how Flow looks –

  1. Let’s say I create an Automated Flow which is triggered from a Power App. Just select that, there’s nothing to add to it.


  2. Next Step, I’ll make an HTTP request to a Service (In my example, I want to retrieve Humidity. You would of course have your use case)
    I’ve used the same example in one of my posts where I talked about making HTTP requests using Flow. Check this post – Make HTTP request from Flow in Power Automate


  3. To breakdown my received HTTP response into distinct pieces of info, I’ll parse it.

  4. Final step would be to send back the parsed info to the Power App itself so that I can use the info internally in the Canvas Power App from which this Flow was called.

  5. Now, I’m choosing to send back the Humidity value. So, I’ll choose a type of Output to be sent my response into

  6. And since I already parsed the response in the step above, it’s easy to select what piece of info I want to send back to my Canvas Power App.
    I’ve created a variable called as humidityValue and in that I’m passing humidity from the parsed JSON step.

  7. That’s it. My Flow overall looks like this

Canvas Power App

In my Canvas Power App, I only have a button which will populate the data into a label –

  1. Let’s say, I have a button called as Get Humidity. And below it, is a Label having “Humidity is” already written

  2. Now, the next step is to add the Flow in the Canvas Power App. Navigate to Action in the menu bar in Canvas Power App Studio and look for Power Automate

  3. On clicking it, you’ll be able to select the Flow you want to add in the Canvas Power App

  4. Once you select that, it’ll appear on the OnSelect formula bar of the button. Ideally, this should be added to whatever event you want the Flow to Run from (In my case, click of Get Humidity button)
    It’ll populate with a default formula like below. But we need some modification for it to be populated to the Label.

  5. Now, you can write the below formula to add the value retrieved from the variable which you created dynamically called as ‘humidity‘ and upon adding dot to the Run(), you’ll be able to select the variable you passed to the Canvas App from Flow.

  6. So, the completed Formula looks like this.
    Here, I’m using Set() function to set a dynamically declared variable in called as humidity and populate it with the value of humidityValue which we’ll get when we run Flow and the Flow will make an HTTP call to get that value.
    In case you also need to understand how variables work, you can refer this post of mine – Variables in Canvas Power Apps | Global and Context

  7. Now, we need to set it to the Label. So, we’ll write a formula on the Label’s Text event. So that, the Label is displaying Humidity is <valueOfHumidity> variable

  8. And you’re set. Hope this explanation was easy. Now, let’s Run the App and click Get Humidity button

Working

When I click a button, I’ll get the value into the Label field which I created.

When I click the button, it’ll be greyed out for a moment while the Canvas Power App calls the Flow and the Flow runs the HTTP request and sends back response to Canvas Power App.

Finally, once the variable is set, the Label control will display the value as below which came via HTTP using Flow

You can also see the results going in the Flow Run as well

Hope this was useful. Here are some more Canvas Power App & Power Automate posts you might want to look at –

  1. Send a Power App Push Notification using Flow to open a record in Canvas App | Power Automate
  2. Accept HTTP Requests in a Flow and send Response back | Power Automate
  3. Launch URL on a Data Table Text column selection in a Canvas PowerApp | SharePoint Lists
  4. Terminate a Flow with Failed/Cancelled status | Power Automate
  5. Aggregate functions in a Canvas Power App | Using on SharePoint Lists
  6. Logged In User details in a Canvas Power App
  7. Get N:N records in a Canvas Power App using Common Data Service connector | Power Platform
  8. Implement character length validation in a Canvas Power App | Power Platform
  9. Call a Dynamics 365 Action from Flow [Bound and Unbound Actions] | Power Automate
  10. Pause a Flow using Delay and Delay Until | Power Automate
  11. BPF Flow Step as a Trigger in CDS (Current Environment) connector | Power Automate
  12. Generate Dynamics 365 record link in a Flow using CDS connector | Power Automate
  13. Dependent OptionSets in a Canvas Power App for 1:N related CDS entities | Power Platform
  14. Implementing Exit app, Logout and Confirm Exit features in a Canvas Power App
  15. Using Parse JSON to read individual List Records in Flow|Power Automate

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Accept HTTP Requests in a Flow and send Response back | Power Automate

Let’s say you want to create a consumable HTTP service, do some operation and send back Response. Here’s what you can do.

You can create an HTTP Request Trigger to receive the HTTP request, process the request and send back a Response.

Accept HTTP Request in Flow

Let’s create a listener first, so that we can get the URL to be used and ask users to submit on that URL.

  1. In your connectors, select the below connector ‘When an HTTP request is received


  2. This will let you accept HTTP requests of different methods. First, let’s just create the schema. Assuming you know what schema you are accepting, click on ‘Use sample payload to generate schema‘.


  3. Now, enter your sample data and click Done.


  4. Schema will be generated automatically.

  5. Now, save your Flow so that a URL could be generated.


  6. Also, remember to select what type of Request to accept. It’s under the Show advanced options

  7. Select what type of HTTP request this is. In this example, I’m accepting a POST request.

    relativePath is used when you want to access a specific resource in your HTTP request that is passed in the query string. None in my case, hence, not using it.
  8. Supported verbs in the HTTP Request trigger are GET, PUT, POST, PATCH, DELETE –

Process Info

This is subjective and is completely based on your use case, you can decide what you want to do with the data you receive. Could be anything!! I’ll simply highlight in short what I’m doing here.

I’m just accepting all “Requests” entity data and giving back a Reference ID to customer telling them that their request has been registered with us. Like a typical Ticketing system where you log a ticket and you get back a reference number.

In my example, I’m simply creating a CDS record in my D365 environment and I will return the Auto-generated field value to the Response so that it can be sent back to the caller.

In case you are also looking to create an Autonumber field for yourself in CDS, you can check this post – AutoNumber field in CDS | PowerApps

Send Back Response

Now, in the step above, I’ve created a CDS record in the system. It will also auto-generate a number for the record. I’ll use the same to pass it back as a response.

  1. Now, search for Response (or rather Request) in the Connectors list and you’ll be able to choose the Response action.


  2. In the same, you can then choose what Response code you want to return. This will differ based on where you use this. Example, if you use this Response Action in case of some error, you can return 500 or 404 if something was not found, depends.
    In this case, I’m returning 200 OK and the JSON of my message and sending back the Token (Auto-number field on Request entity record creation)

  3. Here, my Flow is complete.

Testing the Flow

Understand the building blocks of the Flow. Accept Request –> Process –> Response.

Now, the URL we get when we save the Flow is the one that goes to the developers/consumers.
It contain some tokens and header information.

See how I tested it using Postman.

  1. Once I copied it from the Flow and pasted in Postman, the Headers were populated automatically in Postman. (And then you can use this to build your code later on)


  2. Now, I am sending the data in the body in the following way

  3. Now, let’s say I submit the request using Postman.
    A record will be created in my D365 (Common Data Service)

  4. And the Token that the record generated will be returned as response back to Postman

    With the status of 200 OK

  5. And that’s how you can receive HTTP requests and send back responses using Flow in Power Automate.

Here are some more Power Automate / Flow posts you might want to look at

  1. Make HTTP request from Flow in Power Automate
  2. Setting Retry Policy for an HTTP request in a Flow | Power Automate
  3. Terminate a Flow with Failed/Cancelled status | Power Automate
  4. Adaptive Cards for Teams to collect data from users using Power Automate | SharePoint Lists
  5. BPF Flow Step as a Trigger in CDS (Current Environment) connector | Power Automate
  6. ChildFlowUnsupportedForInvokerConnections error while using Child Flows [SOLVED] | Power Automate
  7. Generate Dynamics 365 record link in a Flow using CDS connector | Power Automate
  8. Pause a Flow using Delay and Delay Until | Power Automate
  9. Get Count of records retrieved in CDS connector in a Flow | Power Automate
  10. Call a Dynamics 365 Action from Flow [Bound and Unbound Actions] | Power Automate
  11. Switch-Case in a Flow | Power Automate
  12. Using Parse JSON to read individual List Records in Flow|Power Automate

Hope this was useful! 🙂

Setting Retry Policy for an HTTP request in a Flow | Power Automate

Often times, There could be an issue where your HTTP request isn’t hitting well. So, to overcome this, you might want your Flow to Retry after a certain duration and for some number of times.

You want to setup a Retry policy for the same. Here’s how you do it!

Setting Retry Policy

Follow this to setup a Retry Policy of your Flow

  1. Locate your HTTP step and navigate to Settings
    openSettings

  2. Once you’re in Settings pane, scroll below and look for Retry Policy.
    retryPolicyLocation

  3. Default type is set by default, if you expand it, you can select what should be the Retry Type. In  this example, I’ve set to Fixed Interval for simplicity
    Default is set to 4 retries at an exponential interval. (Exponential increment type is a little confusing to explain, you can check this post as users discuss how exponential time increments work – )fixedInterval
  4. In Fixed Interval type, I’ve set number of retry count to be 3 and duration between each retry should be 30 seconds (represented in ISO-8601 format)
    sampleRetrySet
  5. With that, the policy is set. And the HTTP request step will try for 3 times at the interval of 30 seconds each.

 

If you want to test using some HTTP request, you can sample HTTP requests from here – https://httpstat.us/

How it works

Look for Failed Runs to see the result –

  1. Open a Failed Run where you know HTTP request could have failed
    openFailedRun
  2. Now, look for your HTTP request where you set the policy on. Expand the same.
    openHTTPCallThatFailed
  3. Upon expanding, you can see that there were 3 retries and it failed due to a timeout i.e. 408
    failedRetries
  4. You can also check on the right hand side of the page which says that the total duration of all these retries were 1 min 30 seconds
    totalFixedTime

If you observe the Flow Runs, you can find the the Flow did consistently try to run at an interval for the number of times specified.

In case you’re looking for more Flow/Power Automate related posts, check below –

  1. Make HTTP request from Flow in Power Automate
  2. Using Parse JSON to read individual List Records in Flow|Power Automate
  3. Selecting (Current) in Environment in Power Automate CDS connector and why it matters
  4. Retrieve only active Dynamics 365 CE licensed Users in CDS connector in Power Automate
  5. Secure Input/Output in Power Automate Run History
  6. Approval Process using Power Automate
  7. Create a To-Do List Item of Important Outlook Emails using Power Automate
  8. RSS notifications to your phone using Power Automate
  9. Enable Flow button on D365 Ribbon
  10. Button Flow in Power Automate to replicate a Quick Create Form in D365 CE

Hope this helps!!