PowerApps Save as CSV from Export to Excel


I frequently see situations where an Excel report is requested by the business. But can we use PowerApps to save it as a CSV file? Then we can, with Power Automate's assistance. With Power Automate's assistance, numerous needs in PowerApps can be fulfilled.

The training department makes use of the training app. The purpose is to compile a report on every training. To download a report upon button click, they require a provision.


We will look at how to save a report in CSV format using PowerApps using a list of data that needs to be exported as a report.


Power Apps may transform table data from a collection or data source into an Excel-openable CSV file.

In this article, I'll show you how to export a file to Excel using Power Apps.

Step 1. A SharePoint list is created

Make a new SharePoint list to hold the training information.


Step 2. To present Information add A Table To The App

Open Power Apps Studio and create a new app from the beginning. At the top of the screen, place a label with the title.

Training App

Step 3. Connect to Datasource

Include the datasource TrainingList which is a SharePoint list.

Add data

Inserting a data table and changing the item attributes to "TrainingList" will allow you to view this training list. The columns (datacards from PowerApp) that are not needed can be deleted.

Step 4. Prepare a JSON Sample For The Excel Flow Export

Tree view

As Power Automate will be used to create the CSV file, we need a way to send data from the table into a flow as shown in the above screenshot. We will convert the data into a JSON format in order to accomplish this. To prepare to generate the flow, we first need to create a sample of the JSON that is being delivered. Create a brand-new, blank screen and then place a button on it.

Step 5. Button formula on onselect attribute

Put this code in the OnSelect attribute of the button. The JSON function can be used to convert table data from a collection or datasource into text formatted as JSON.

            FirstN('TrainingList', 2),


Step 6. To present the results Pass the variable on the label

After that, add a label on the button's side and enter this code into the Text attribute.

This is the JSON-formatted text that will appear on the label. That's it for now; let's get started building our flow. This JSON sample will be used shortly.


Step 7. Build Export To Excel Flow

We can now create the flow to export the data from the Training table to a CSV file. Select Power Automate from the Action tab. Next, select "Create New Flow."

Create new flow

Create new flow

Change the flow's name from "Untitled" to something relevant.

Give the TrainingDataTable flow a name, then select Save. Because the PowerApps (V2) trigger allows us to manually define inputs and their types, that's why we want to use it. The PowerApps(V2) trigger is automatically introduced during the flow creation process using the PowerApps tab.

Step 8. Create flow with all steps

Put all of the stages listed below into a flow.

Training data table

After selecting the "generate from sample" option, copy and paste the JSON that we previously created in Power Apps on the label control beside the button.

Parse JSON

CSV Table

A folder named ExporttoExcel has been established in a new document library named Documents(Shared Documents). There is a formula and even a concat function in FormatDateTime.

The Flow won't create a new CSV file if one already exists with the same name. A timestamp at the end will help us make sure that this doesn't happen. This is the proper term to use for the flow.

formatDateTime(utcNow(), 'yyyyMMddhhmmss')


We want to encode the CSV file in UTF-8 format so that it can handle special characters (accented letters, currency symbols, etc.). This is to accurately display the Euro symbol (€). To fix the issue, use this code. Power Automate should utilize UTF-8 as the format, as indicated by the three-character prefix "Create_CSV_table" in front of the body.


Create file



Step 9. Link PowerApps with The ‘TrainingDataTable’ Power Automate

On the Data Table screen, add a button to download and write the code that we had prepared earlier.


Click the button and type the code that appears below. Only the value listed below should be kept; the default value should be removed.

The code on the button will download the file to the local computer, start and run Power Automate to return a CSV file, and transform the table data into JSON. We can then use Excel to open the CSV file from there.



We learned how to use Power Automate and Power Apps to export data tables to CSV in the post above. It performs flawlessly. This functionality is useful for reports.

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