Get the current environment displayed in Power Apps.

Today I tried to display the current environment in a canvas app in Power Apps. This was slightly harder than expected.

Power Platform connectors

there are quite a few Power Platform connectors that I hoped to use. Just to name a few Power Apps for Makers, Power Apps for Admin and even Power Platform for Admins. But none of these gave me the option to get the current environment’s name

So I had to make an escape into Power Automate. No not the connectors, I had to create a speedy flow!

Get the current environment Id

So the flow will just use the following expression to get its own environment ID using the dot-syntax rather than the ? syntax:

workflow().tags.environmentName
Get the current environment flow

Then the flow will return the output from my compose action back to the flow.

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Now all I have to do is to create a button and display the environment in my app.

Get the current environment of an app in Power Apps Microsoft Office 365 Button Calling flow to get environment

The code to display the environment is a simple concatenation of texts. But this is not really that nice. We want the environment name. We could of course have collected the name within the flow, but you might want to use the environment id for other things too.

Get the current environment of an app in Power Apps Microsoft Office 365 Environment guid returned

Ok, so that GUID is not very nice.

Get the current environment name

A small change tot he Button’s code will resolve this issue. The flow is still called by the app and the environment Id is collected. Then the Is is used within the PowerPlatformforAdmins connector to get all the details for a single environment.

Set(varEnvironmentID, GetEnvironment.Run().result);

Set( varEnvironment, PowerPlatformforAdmins.GetSingleEnvironment(varEnvironmentID).properties.displayName)
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And now we have the environment name displayed in the app.

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By Pieter Veenstra

Business Applications and Office Apps & Services Microsoft MVP working as a Microsoft Productivity Principal Consultant at HybrIT Services. You can contact me using contact@veenstra.me.uk.

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