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Use string variable to store the Site Address and List Name

Is it possible to store the Site Address url and List Name in string variables so I don't have to hard code these values in my Flow?

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Hi  @HYU,


Yes, it is possible.

But it is recommended to take use of Array variable to store the Site Address and the List name seperately:





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I can setup the variable array fine but it doesn't seem to allow me to use it during design-time. When I tried to use the variable to retrieve the Site Address and List Name during "update item" action (I want to update the value of a column on the list), it errors out, "Cannot evaluate the parameter 'dataset' at design-time; it is empty or has a runtime expression". The workaround would be hard code the Site Address and List Name every time I need to "update item", since I need to update the list numberous times during the whole flow, using variables would be nice. Aslo when I am ready to export this flow to another site, I don't need to modify the flow to change the Site Address numberous times.

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Do you have a solution for that? I have the same problem.

Unfortunately I don't have the perfect solution as I wanted, but I have a workaround. Export the flow to package (.zip), open the zip file and edit the definition.json file, specify the new site addrss url, the new list name etc. then import back. I used 7-Zip to open and it opens the flow definition file in Notepad for me to edit.

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Thank you very much!

Found any other viable way to do this? I have a flow that runs on main site and needs to move files to different sites depending on variables. But I can't update properties since I get the same error you have.


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Unfortunately, I didn't find.



Sorry, I haven't found any alternative way.

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Two years after this post, has Microsoft provided any solution for this?


I'm using the workaround solution and didn't have time to check and rewrite my flows. So, unfortunately, I don't know now. But I will check it soon.

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