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Get item using Patch and Set functions

Using Patch to create a SharePoint list item in Power Apps

You can use the Patch function in Power Apps to create a SharePoint list item.

The basic Patch command users to update a list item in SharePoint

This is quite easy and documented on the Patch function page.

But what do you do if you now want to get the details of the item that you just created.

Today I discovered that the Patch function returns the item created. So that means that I can set a variable.

The basic Patch command but this time the Set function is used to set a variable to the created item.

This variable can then be used to get the ID of the list item.

The IS from the created item is now available with NewItem.ID

You could now for example use this item id to update another datasource with the ID in SharePoint.

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3 thoughts on “Using Patch to create a SharePoint list item in Power Apps

  1. Hi Pieter Veenstra,
    Based on your many experiences using Sharepoint List/ Flow,
    What would be less error-prone to create some Items from Powerapps , Patch directly or via Flow create item/ Send HTTP request? Because sometimes Patch 10 items at the same time takes very long time for user on mobile connection

    • Interesting question. I might create a post on that soon.

      First of all when you use the patch you should use it in combination with a Set so that you collect the result. This may help with error handling in Power Apps.

      Thee isn’t a straight forward answer to the question if Flow or Power Apps is better at updating data. Flows happen in the back ground unless you collect a result back. So that might be good, however when flows update the data you will find yourself refreshing data in your PowerApps more often.

      • Further to my previous comment. You might also want to look at UpdateIf. It is faster than Patch.

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