Dropdown Options Dynamically from SharePoint List in Power Apps

Power Apps


Power Apps empowers users to create custom applications without the need for extensive coding knowledge. One common requirement is dynamically populating dropdown options based on data from external sources like SharePoint lists. In this article, we'll explore the benefits, features, limitations, and provide a step-by-step guide to achieve this task efficiently.


  1. Efficiency: Dynamic dropdowns save time by eliminating the need to manually update options.
  2. Data Consistency: Dropdowns populated from SharePoint lists ensure consistency across applications.
  3. Scalability: Easily scale your app by updating the SharePoint list without modifying the app.


  1. Dynamic Data Binding: Dropdown options are bound to SharePoint list columns, ensuring real-time updates.
  2. Customization: Customize dropdown appearance and behavior to fit specific app requirements.
  3. Automation: Automate data retrieval and refresh processes for seamless user experience.


  1. Connectivity Requirements: Reliance on internet connectivity for accessing SharePoint data.
  2. Performance: Large SharePoint lists may impact app performance.
  3. Security: Ensure proper permissions are set for accessing SharePoint data within Power Apps.

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Open Power Apps: Launch Power Apps from your preferred platform.
    Open Power Apps
  2. Create New App: Click on the "Create" button to start a new app.
    Create New App
  3. Select Blank App: Choose "Blank app" from the available options.
    Blank Canvas App
  4. Choose Device Type: Select "Blank tablet app" as we're creating an app for tablet devices.
    Select Blank App
  5. Name Your App: Provide a name for your app to continue.
  6. Insert Dropdown Control: Drag and drop the Dropdown control from the left-hand menu onto your app canvas.
    Insert Dropdown Control
    Insert Dropdown Control
  7. Set Dropdown Properties: Customize the appearance and behavior of the dropdown as needed.
    Set Dropdown Properties
  8. Connect to SharePoint List: Navigate to the Data tab and click on "Add data" to connect to your SharePoint list.
  9. Select SharePoint as a Data Source: Choose SharePoint from the available data sources and provide necessary credentials.
    Select SharePoint as a Data Source
  10. Choose SharePoint List: Select the SharePoint list from which you want to populate dropdown options.
    Choose SharePoint List
  11. Bind Dropdown to SharePoint Data: Set the Items property of the Dropdown control to the SharePoint list column containing the desired options. Use this formula in item properties:  “DummyListTitle[@Title]”. Here "DummyListTitle" is your List Name, and in square brackets "Title" is your coloumn name.
    Bind Dropdown to SharePoint Data
  12. Verify: Set the Items property of the Dropdown control to the SharePoint list column containing the desired options.
  13. Test Your App: Preview your app to ensure dropdown options are dynamically populated from the SharePoint list.
    Test Your App


Dynamically populating dropdown options from SharePoint lists in Power Apps enhances app functionality, improves user experience, and ensures data consistency. By following the step-by-step guide provided in this article, users can efficiently leverage SharePoint data within their Power Apps projects, unlocking a wide range of possibilities for app development

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