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How to navigate to local folder/files ?

Hello all,
Purpose is to use powerapps as an UI to navigate and display local folder/files for remote users without connection.
Thanks for your help
Super User III
Super User III

PowerApps cannot be used to access files on a local PC or network share. This is this a cloud based app making platform.

You will need to use some other technology completely.

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Are you sure ?
I saw this post where they explained how to navigate and display local folder / file from PowerApps.

In case, it will be possible to connect powerapps to onedrive local folder (store on smartphone) and use powerapps as an UI to navigate on folders (local) ?

Hi - As stated earlier, Power Apps are not allowed to access device level folders or files in any ways. The link/article you are referring to mentions connecting/picking files from SharePoint folders. You can connect to any document library/list in Sharepoint (online/onPremise) and than navigate to folders inside that doc lib/list.

Even when you use connection to OneDrive it will point to the cloud version. If that cloud version is synced with local drive than indirectly yes you can navigate within that. However directly it wont be possible.


Hope this helps !



The document library referred to in your link is a SharePoint document library. Not a local folder.

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Hello Pranav,
Yes cloud version will be synchronized with local drive (user will have also onedrive app on his device)
In this case how to navigate?
Can we used some formula as : Launch("ms-onedrive://files/path=[Local OneDrive FolderPath]") ??
Thanks a lot for your help
Kudo Commander
Kudo Commander

What about the "File System"-Connector? Isn't it possible to use it to access network drives or local stored folders with a On-Premise-Gateway?

Yes, its quite possible to manuplate files on local drive using file system connector. However in most of my client interactions, I have found out that customer are very reluctant in installing on-premise connector due to security concerns. I have done quite a few PoCs on-premise and they are quite successfuly.


Hope this helps.


@mdevaney there are connectors for accessing on-premise file systems


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