cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Reply
Toby958
Helper I
Helper I

How to parse an image URL into a HTML table and display the image file?

I'm working on solution in Power Automate to send a customised news digest from SharePoint Online. For this I am using a HTML table where the news article title, description, link and thumbnail are added to the table and then sent via email.

 

The solution works fine when populating textual data (strings), such as the article's title and description. However, it does not seem to work when trying to parse in an image URL. As you can see in the screenshot below, I've attempted to use the <img> tag to display the thumbnail, but the HTML table is displaying this as literal raw text.

 

2020-12-03 11_35_09-Window.png

 

Is there a way I can make the HTML table parse the image URL as an image?

 

Thanks!

1 ACCEPTED SOLUTION

Accepted Solutions
Paulie78
Super User
Super User

Toby,

 

Here is how to include that image: 

https://youtu.be/EsrV7A-23w4

The expressions I used in the video:

Filepath Expression:

join(skip(split(items('Apply_to_each')['Thumbnail'], '/'), 3), '/')

Content-Type from SharePoint API Call:

outputs('Send_an_HTTP_request_to_SharePoint')?['body']['$content-type']

Content from SharePoint API Call:

outputs('Send_an_HTTP_request_to_SharePoint')?['body']['$content']

 

Produces the thumbnails in the email and no requirement to get the images from SharePoint at the client end when receiving the emails.

View solution in original post

35 REPLIES 35
FreddieV
Resolver I
Resolver I

Does the SP data need to go into an HTML table?

 

If I wanted to compose an email like this, I would design an email within Outlook then use an O365 Outlook card of 'Send email from a shared mailbox' and then just paste in the HTML from the email, and populate any 'dynamic' parts from the various columns in your SP list. For images, I would just declare them as string variables at the start and reference them wherever they need to go within the HTML. I have been doing this at the moment for a project I am working on:

email.png

So where the image is, is actually a referenced variable in the background Flow.

Hi Freddie,

 

I'm not sure I follow as I've never tried anything similar to what you've mentioned. The news digest email I'm trying to configure cycles through several news articles held in SharePoint (anything from the last 7 days), populating the information from each article as a new row in the HTML table. That's the reason I chose to use the table because the email is handling multiple news articles, it could be 1 article or it could be several.

 

I have a variable in place called varThumbnail which is populated with the dynamic part called 'Banner Image URL'. I'm just trying to display the contents of this variable in the HTML table, but it doesn't parse it as an image.

 

Toby958_0-1607001769903.png

 

I hope that makes sense!

 

 

Paulie78
Super User
Super User

It won't show as an image. You cannot use the "Create HTML Table" action for what you are trying to do because it escapes the HTML for you as a feature. This is not to say what you want to do cannot be done. You have to form the table manually which is not difficult to do.

Once you solve the problem above, you will hit another problem 😀

Depending on where the email is going to the URL to the image may not be accessible to the recipient. So in order to get the picture into the email you have to embed the base64 of the image into the email. 

I've got a flow which does all of the above. I am thinking of turning it into a blog post as this question has come up quite a few times.

Hi Paulie,

 

I took a look at trying to get a base64 representation of the image working yesterday but didn't have much luck. I encounter a similar issue where the HTML table just displays the base64 representation as raw text when using the following:

 

<img src=”data&colon;image/jpeg;base64,” alt=”My Image” />

 

 

Toby958_0-1607004004654.png

 

I assume this is just the same issue again with the HTML table ignoring the tag as a feature like you say.

 

Is there a different way around this? I'm at a bit of a lose cause now as I can't find any solutions online that work for this.

 

Hiya,

 

Okay, here's what I mean. In this case, the image I am inserting is a banner and it goes as part of the 'footer' of the email. I upload it to an external site and paste the HTML code into a string variable.

 

initvariable.png

 

Next, I select 'send an email from a shared mailbox', which is an Office 365 Outlook card. You don't have to use this, but any card of Outlook that lets you switch to the code view, by pressing the button shown in the screenshot below will do.

 

email-code-view.png

 

This method pre-supposes that you've designed how you want your email to look within Outlook. Once you go View Source to get the underlying HTML code, just paste it into the card and then add the dynamic fields from SP, and the variable. In mine, this looks as follows:

 

code-example.png

 

Because we're in the code view, and the variable contains HTML, the email will send with an image embedded instead of the actual code as you are getting now.

Paulie78
Super User
Super User

@Toby958 it's easy to do, but hard to explain, I will do a quick video of my flow that does what you want and upload it to YouTube. It won't be polished, but will show you what you are trying to do.

Thanks Paulie, that would be a great help and may help others if they encounter the same dilemma. Please let me know when you get the chance to upload this.

Paulie78
Super User
Super User

@Toby958 been busy all day but I will do something when I get home tonight. So probably in about 6 hours time.

Hi @Paulie78 

 

Sorry to trouble you again, I was wondering whether you had the chance to work on that video last week?

 

Many thanks

Paulie78
Super User
Super User

I actually forgot it was my birthday last Friday 🤣 so people ate up all sorts of time that I expected to have. I actually did work on it and it led me down a rabbit hole of creating all sorts of content related to image fields.

 

But I can do you a really quick and rough one now - you will then discover the same thing I did, getting images to render how you want them in Outlook is far more difficult than it should be!

 

Question - your Image URLs, do they point to SharePoint or some publicly accessible internet location? 

Paulie78
Super User
Super User

Take a look at this video and see how you get on.

https://youtu.be/z32ng9_bCAY

 

Hi @Paulie78 

 

Thanks for the video, greatly appreciate you taking the time to do this, and happy birthday for last week!

 

I followed the same steps as you and understand how it works now, I've managed to have a bit more success this time. To answer your other question, the images are indeed stored in SharePoint as I'm trying to utilise the thumbnail image from news articles published on our intranet. This is represented as the 'Banner Image URL' dynamic content in Flow from what I found.

 

The issue I now face (which I'm sure you had already predicted) is that the images don't render in Outlook desktop or Outlook web. It's parsing the HTML which is great, but I suspect with the images being behind site permissions it's blocking it from being displayed? Alternatively, perhaps our company has a security mechanism which blocks the download/display of images in this way. 

 

If it's any benefit, all our staff have read-only access to the site which this content is being retrieved from.

 

Toby958_0-1607515165538.png

 

Interestingly, when I did an initial test using a blank test site in SharePoint (not our intranet), the first email it sent did seem to display the thumbnail correctly for one article, being just the default thumbnail image that SharePoint provides. Although I'm unsure why this one image worked but not others.

 

Toby958_1-1607515434152.png

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the behaviour if you go into Outlook and view the email in a browser?
2020-12-09_12-07-46.png

 

I do have a solution for the problem of the image being in SharePoint - let me dig out the details!
(Although I also know that when you solve that problem - you will face, yet another one).

It looks like viewing it through the browser also presents the same issue unfortunately:

 

Toby958_0-1607520224227.png

 

Paulie78
Super User
Super User

I was going to do you another short video which showed you exactly how to nail your problem. Using news articles, but when I create news articles my thumbnail properties don't get populated. Did you do anything special to yours?

I don't believe I'm doing anything special, it should be near enough identical to the Flow you showed in your video.

 

When I first attempted this last week I did notice that the "Thumbnail" dynamic content (highlighted in screenshot below) doesn't seem to offer much use. Instead of returning a URL like it says, it would just return a rather useless string output.

 

Toby958_0-1607524090492.png

 

That's where I found that the "Banner Image URL" dynamic content seems to retrieve the actual thumbnail image for the news article. Using this does return a valid URL for the image.

 

Toby958_1-1607524262390.png

 

I don't know if this is the same issue you've come across? Other than this dynamic content the rest of my Flow matches what was done in your video.

 

Paulie78
Super User
Super User

That's exactly what I meant - thanks.

Paulie78
Super User
Super User

Toby,

 

Here is how to include that image: 

https://youtu.be/EsrV7A-23w4

The expressions I used in the video:

Filepath Expression:

join(skip(split(items('Apply_to_each')['Thumbnail'], '/'), 3), '/')

Content-Type from SharePoint API Call:

outputs('Send_an_HTTP_request_to_SharePoint')?['body']['$content-type']

Content from SharePoint API Call:

outputs('Send_an_HTTP_request_to_SharePoint')?['body']['$content']

 

Produces the thumbnails in the email and no requirement to get the images from SharePoint at the client end when receiving the emails.

Hi @Paulie78 

 

Thanks again for the video. I've been trying to mimic your method now but have stumbled across a couple of hurdles if you don't mind me asking about these. Only very minor things.

 

1. In the 'Parse JSON' action I'm prompted to enter a schema. Unfortunately I'm not very experienced with this type of thing, I was wondering what needs to be input into the schema?

 

2. In the 'Append to string variable' action where you input the base64 img tag, I can't seem to find how you pull in the dynamic content to look like it does in yours?

 

Toby958_0-1607681189077.png

 

For example, I can select 'body' but I'm uncertain how you got the $content... part on the end of it. I'm sure it's probably something very simple and just my lack of experience showing!

 

Toby958_1-1607681390282.png

 

Many thanks

 

Helpful resources

Announcements

Tuesday Tip: Getting Started with Private Messages & Macros

Welcome to TUESDAY TIPS, your weekly connection with the most insightful tips and tricks that empower both newcomers and veterans in the Power Platform Community! Every Tuesday, we bring you a curated selection of the finest advice, distilled from the resources and tools in the Community. Whether you’re a seasoned member or just getting started, Tuesday Tips are the perfect compass guiding you across the dynamic landscape of the Power Platform Community.   As our community family expands each week, we revisit our essential tools, tips, and tricks to ensure you’re well-versed in the community’s pulse. Keep an eye on the News & Announcements for your weekly Tuesday Tips—you never know what you may learn!   This Week's Tip: Private Messaging & Macros in Power Apps Community   Do you want to enhance your communication in the Community and streamline your interactions? One of the best ways to do this is to ensure you are using Private Messaging--and the ever-handy macros that are available to you as a Community member!   Our Knowledge Base article about private messaging and macros is the best place to find out more. Check it out today and discover some key tips and tricks when it comes to messages and macros:   Private Messaging: Learn how to enable private messages in your community profile and ensure you’re connected with other community membersMacros Explained: Discover the convenience of macros—prewritten text snippets that save time when posting in forums or sending private messagesCreating Macros: Follow simple steps to create your own macros for efficient communication within the Power Apps CommunityUsage Guide: Understand how to apply macros in posts and private messages, enhancing your interaction with the Community For detailed instructions and more information, visit the full page in your community today:Power Apps: Enabling Private Messaging & How to Use Macros (Power Apps)Power Automate: Enabling Private Messaging & How to Use Macros (Power Automate)  Copilot Studio: Enabling Private Messaging &How to Use Macros (Copilot Studio) Power Pages: Enabling Private Messaging & How to Use Macros (Power Pages)

Tuesday Tip: Subscriptions & Notifications

TUESDAY TIPS are our way of communicating helpful things we've learned or shared that have helped members of the Community. Whether you're just getting started or you're a seasoned pro, Tuesday Tips will help you know where to go, what to look for, and navigate your way through the ever-growing--and ever-changing--world of the Power Platform Community! We cover basics about the Community, provide a few "insider tips" to make your experience even better, and share best practices gleaned from our most active community members and Super Users.   With so many new Community members joining us each week, we'll also review a few of our "best practices" so you know just "how" the Community works, so make sure to watch the News & Announcements each week for the latest and greatest Tuesday Tips!   This Week: All About Subscriptions & Notifications We don't want you to a miss a thing in the Community! The best way to make sure you know what's going on in the News & Announcements, to blogs you follow, or forums and galleries you're interested in is to subscribe! These subscriptions ensure you receive automated messages about the most recent posts and replies. Even better, there are multiple ways you can subscribe to content and boards in the community! (Please note: if you have created an AAD (Azure Active Directory) account you won't be able to receive e-mail notifications.)   Subscribing to a Category  When you're looking at the entire category, select from the Options drop down and choose Subscribe.     You can then choose to Subscribe to all of the boards or select only the boards you want to receive notifications. When you're satisfied with your choices, click Save.     Subscribing to a Topic You can also subscribe to a single topic by clicking Subscribe from the Options drop down menu, while you are viewing the topic or in the General board overview, respectively.     Subscribing to a Label Find the labels at the bottom left of a post.From a particular post with a label, click on the label to filter by that label. This opens a window containing a list of posts with the label you have selected. Click Subscribe.     Note: You can only subscribe to a label at the board level. If you subscribe to a label named 'Copilot' at board #1, it will not automatically subscribe you to an identically named label at board #2. You will have to subscribe twice, once at each board.   Bookmarks Just like you can subscribe to topics and categories, you can also bookmark topics and boards from the same menus! Simply go to the Topic Options drop down menu to bookmark a topic or the Options drop down to bookmark a board. The difference between subscribing and bookmarking is that subscriptions provide you with notifications, whereas bookmarks provide you a static way of easily accessing your favorite boards from the My subscriptions area.   Managing & Viewing Your Subscriptions & Bookmarks To manage your subscriptions, click on your avatar and select My subscriptions from the drop-down menu.     From the Subscriptions & Notifications tab, you can manage your subscriptions, including your e-mail subscription options, your bookmarks, your notification settings, and your email notification format.     You can see a list of all your subscriptions and bookmarks and choose which ones to delete, either individually or in bulk, by checking multiple boxes.     A Note on Following Friends on Mobile Adding someone as a friend or selecting Follow in the mobile view does not allow you to subscribe to their activity feed. You will merely be able to see your friends’ biography, other personal information, or online status, and send messages more quickly by choosing who to send the message to from a list, as opposed to having to search by username.

Monthly Community User Group Update | April 2024

The monthly Community User Group Update is your resource for discovering User Group meetings and events happening around the world (and virtually), welcoming new User Groups to our Community, and more! Our amazing Community User Groups are an important part of the Power Platform Community, with more than 700 Community User Groups worldwide, we know they're a great way to engage personally, while giving our members a place to learn and grow together.   This month, we welcome 3 new User Groups in India, Wales, and Germany, and feature 8 User Group Events across Power Platform and Dynamics 365. Find out more below. New Power Platform User Groups   Power Platform Innovators (India) About: Our aim is to foster a collaborative environment where we can share upcoming Power Platform events, best practices, and valuable content related to Power Platform. Whether you’re a seasoned expert or a newcomer looking to learn, this group is for you. Let’s empower each other to achieve more with Power Platform. Join us in shaping the future of digital transformation!   Power Platform User Group (Wales) About: A Power Platform User Group in Wales (predominantly based in Cardiff but will look to hold sessions around Wales) to establish a community to share learnings and experience in all parts of the platform.   Power Platform User Group (Hannover) About: This group is for anyone who works with the services of Microsoft Power Platform or wants to learn more about it and no-code/low-code. And, of course, Microsoft Copilot application in the Power Platform.   New Dynamics365 User Groups   Ellucian CRM Recruit UK (United Kingdom) About: A group for United Kingdom universities using Ellucian CRM Recruit to manage their admissions process, to share good practice and resolve issues.    Business Central Mexico (Mexico City) About:  A place to find documentation, learning resources, and events focused on user needs in Mexico. We meet to discuss and answer questions about the current features in the standard localization that Microsoft provides, and what you only find in third-party locations. In addition, we focus on what's planned for new standard versions, recent legislation requirements, and more. Let's work together to drive request votes for Microsoft for features that aren't currently found—but are indispensable.   Dynamics 365 F&O User Group (Dublin) About: The Dynamics 365 F&O User Group - Ireland Chapter meets up in person at least twice yearly in One Microsoft Place Dublin for users to have the opportunity to have conversations on mutual topics, find out what’s new and on the Dynamics 365 FinOps Product Roadmap, get insights from customer and partner experiences, and access to Microsoft subject matter expertise.  Upcoming Power Platform Events    PAK Time (Power Apps Kwentuhan) 2024 #6 (Phillipines, Online) This is a continuation session of Custom API. Sir Jun Miano will be sharing firsthand experience on setting up custom API and best practices. (April 6, 2024)       Power Apps: Creating business applications rapidly (Sydney) At this event, learn how to choose the right app on Power Platform, creating a business application in an hour, and tips for using Copilot AI. While we recommend attending all 6 events in the series, each session is independent of one another, and you can join the topics of your interest. Think of it as a “Hop On, Hop Off” bus! Participation is free, but you need a personal computer (laptop) and we provide the rest. We look forward to seeing you there! (April 11, 2024)     April 2024 Cleveland Power Platform User Group (Independence, Ohio) Kickoff the meeting with networking, and then our speaker will share how to create responsive and intuitive Canvas Apps using features like Variables, Search and Filtering. And how PowerFx rich functions and expressions makes configuring those functionalities easier. Bring ideas to discuss and engage with other community members! (April 16, 2024)     Dynamics 365 and Power Platform 2024 Wave 1 Release (NYC, Online) This session features Aric Levin, Microsoft Business Applications MVP and Technical Architect at Avanade and Mihir Shah, Global CoC Leader of Microsoft Managed Services at IBM. We will cover some of the new features and enhancements related to the Power Platform, Dataverse, Maker Portal, Unified Interface and the Microsoft First Party Apps (Microsoft Dynamics 365) that were announced in the Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Power Platform 2024 Release Wave 1 Plan. (April 17, 2024)     Let’s Explore Copilot Studio Series: Bot Skills to Extend Your Copilots (Makati National Capital Reg... Join us for the second installment of our Let's Explore Copilot Studio Series, focusing on Bot Skills. Learn how to enhance your copilot's abilities to automate tasks within specific topics, from booking appointments to sending emails and managing tasks. Discover the power of Skills in expanding conversational capabilities. (April 30, 2024)   Upcoming Dynamics365 Events    Leveraging Customer Managed Keys (CMK) in Dynamics 365 (Noida, Uttar Pradesh, Online) This month's featured topic: Leveraging Customer Managed Keys (CMK) in Dynamics 365, with special guest Nitin Jain from Microsoft. We are excited and thankful to him for doing this session. Join us for this online session, which should be helpful to all Dynamics 365 developers, Technical Architects and Enterprise architects who are implementing Dynamics 365 and want to have more control on the security of their data over Microsoft Managed Keys. (April 11, 2024)       Stockholm D365 User Group April Meeting (Stockholm) This is a Swedish user group for D365 Finance and Operations, AX2012, CRM, CE, Project Operations, and Power BI.  (April 17, 2024)         Transportation Management in D365 F&SCM Q&A Session (Toronto, Online) Calling all Toronto UG members and beyond! Join us for an engaging and informative one-hour Q&A session, exclusively focused on Transportation Management System (TMS) within Dynamics 365 F&SCM. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just curious about TMS, this event is for you. Bring your questions! (April 26, 2024)   Leaders, Create Your Events!    Leaders of existing User Groups, don’t forget to create your events within the Community platform. By doing so, you’ll enable us to share them in future posts and newsletters. Let’s spread the word and make these gatherings even more impactful! Stay tuned for more updates, inspiring stories, and collaborative opportunities from and for our Community User Groups.   P.S. Have an event or success story to share? Reach out to us – we’d love to feature you. Just leave a comment or send a PM here in the Community!

Exclusive LIVE Community Event: Power Apps Copilot Coffee Chat with Copilot Studio Product Team

We have closed kudos on this post at this time. Thank you to everyone who kudo'ed their RSVP--your invitations are coming soon!  Miss the window to RSVP? Don't worry--you can catch the recording of the meeting this week in the Community.  Details coming soon!   *****   It's time for the SECOND Power Apps Copilot Coffee Chat featuring the Copilot Studio product team, which will be held LIVE on April 3, 2024 at 9:30 AM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).     This is an incredible opportunity to connect with members of the Copilot Studio product team and ask them anything about Copilot Studio. We'll share our special guests with you shortly--but we want to encourage to mark your calendars now because you will not want to miss the conversation.   This live event will give you the unique opportunity to learn more about Copilot Studio plans, where we’ll focus, and get insight into upcoming features. We’re looking forward to hearing from the community, so bring your questions!   TO GET ACCESS TO THIS EXCLUSIVE AMA: Kudo this post to reserve your spot! Reserve your spot now by kudoing this post.  Reservations will be prioritized on when your kudo for the post comes through, so don't wait! Click that "kudo button" today.   Invitations will be sent on April 2nd.Users posting Kudos after April 2nd at 9AM PDT may not receive an invitation but will be able to view the session online after conclusion of the event. Give your "kudo" today and mark your calendars for April 3, 2024 at 9:30 AM PDT and join us for an engaging and informative session!

Tuesday Tip: Blogging in the Community is a Great Way to Start

TUESDAY TIPS are our way of communicating helpful things we've learned or shared that have helped members of the Community. Whether you're just getting started or you're a seasoned pro, Tuesday Tips will help you know where to go, what to look for, and navigate your way through the ever-growing--and ever-changing--world of the Power Platform Community! We cover basics about the Community, provide a few "insider tips" to make your experience even better, and share best practices gleaned from our most active community members and Super Users.   With so many new Community members joining us each week, we'll also review a few of our "best practices" so you know just "how" the Community works, so make sure to watch the News & Announcements each week for the latest and greatest Tuesday Tips!   This Week's Topic: Blogging in the Community Are you new to our Communities and feel like you may know a few things to share, but you're not quite ready to start answering questions in the forums? A great place to start is the Community blog! Whether you've been using Power Platform for awhile, or you're new to the low-code revolution, the Community blog is a place for anyone who can write, has some great insight to share, and is willing to commit to posting regularly! In other words, we want YOU to join the Community blog.    Why should you consider becoming a blog author? Here are just a few great reasons. 🎉   Learn from Each Other: Our community is like a bustling marketplace of ideas. By sharing your experiences and insights, you contribute to a dynamic ecosystem where makers learn from one another. Your unique perspective matters! Collaborate and Innovate: Imagine a virtual brainstorming session where minds collide, ideas spark, and solutions emerge. That’s what our community blog offers—a platform for collaboration and innovation. Together, we can build something extraordinary. Showcase the Power of Low-Code: You know that feeling when you discover a hidden gem? By writing about your experience with your favorite Power Platform tool, you’re shining a spotlight on its capabilities and real-world applications. It’s like saying, “Hey world, check out this amazing tool!” Earn Trust and Credibility: When you share valuable information, you become a trusted resource. Your fellow community members rely on your tips, tricks, and know-how. It’s like being the go-to friend who always has the best recommendations. Empower Others: By contributing to our community blog, you empower others to level up their skills. Whether it’s a nifty workaround, a time-saving hack, or an aha moment, your words have impact. So grab your keyboard, brew your favorite beverage, and start writing! Your insights matter and your voice counts! With every blog shared in the Community, we all do a better job of tackling complex challenges with gusto. 🚀 Welcome aboard, future blog author! ✍️💻🌟 Get started blogging across the Power Platform Communities today! Just follow one of the links below to begin your blogging adventure.   Power Apps: https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/Power-Apps-Community-Blog/bg-p/PowerAppsBlog Power Automate: https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/Power-Automate-Community-Blog/bg-p/MPABlog Copilot Studio: https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/Copilot-Studio-Community-Blog/bg-p/PVACommunityBlog Power Pages: https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/Power-Pages-Community-Blog/bg-p/mpp_blog   When you follow the link, look for the Message Admins button like this on the page's right rail, and let us know you're interested. We can't wait to connect with you and help you get started. Thanks for being part of our incredible community--and thanks for becoming part of the community blog!

Launch Event Registration: Redefine What's Possible Using AI

  Join Microsoft product leaders and engineers for an in-depth look at the latest features in Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform. Learn how advances in AI and Microsoft Copilot can help you connect teams, processes, and data, and respond to changing business needs with greater agility. We’ll share insights and demonstrate how 2024 release wave 1 updates and advancements will help you:   Streamline business processes, automate repetitive tasks, and unlock creativity using the power of Copilot and role-specific insights and actions. Unify customer data to optimize customer journeys with generative AI and foster collaboration between sales and marketing teams. Strengthen governance with upgraded tools and features. Accelerate low-code development  using natural language and streamlined tools. Plus, you can get answers to your questions during our live Q&A chat! Don't wait--register today by clicking the image below!      

Users online (4,271)