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nico888
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Is that possible to patch attachments to sharepoint documents without with flow?

I have a business requirement to upload files to sharepoint documents directly using the native attachment control, I would like to ask if there is such a method that can be used directly.

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RusselThomas
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Hi @nico888 ,

I think even with the advice provided here, I believe you still use the attachment 'control' inside a form to select the attachments, even if you don't use the SubmitForm() function to save them.
Are you still wanting to use the control, or somehow patch content directly?

There might be a better way with Flow - can you explain your scenario a little more?

Kind regards,

RT

WarrenBelz
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Hi @nico888 ,

The only way to Patch Attachments in Power Apps is with FormName.Updates. You can of course use SubmitForm(). If by Upload, you are referring to storing in a SharePoint Library, then you cannot do this without Power Automate.

 

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I need to upload the attachment to sharepoint documents library but not sharepoint list ,and without use flow

RusselThomas
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Hi @nico888 ,

The Power Apps SharePoint connector does not cater for creating document content in a library - you can browse document libraries in Power Apps by connecting to a library as a SharePoint list data source, but this is simply because the frontend to every document library is actually a special kind of list - so all you're actually seeing in Power Apps are document properties.

The actual document content is stored in the backend and is not directly accessible through the connector, so you can neither download nor upload document content using this connector.

 

As @WarrenBelz noted, the easiest way you can achieve this is to use the SharePoint connector available in Power Automate.  You can use the "Add picture" or Attachment control to get document contents from a device into Power Apps - however you need to pass that content data to Power Automate in order save it to a document library using the Create File method.

 

At the far end of the solution spectrum, I guess you could possibly create your own custom connector for SharePoint Online and include a method that allows you to post document content into the SPO REST API - you could connect this connector to your Power App directly and use it - but then you're basically doing a tonne of work just to avoid something that would take less than two minutes in Power Automate, which is kind of like saying "I don't want to walk to the bus stop to catch the bus, so I think I'll build a car instead..."

 

Kind regards,

RT

ok,thanks for your answer !

Thanks for your answer!

HEATFreight
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How can I do this directly in a canvas app without using Power Automate? Is that possible?

I want to copy the attachments from an item in list A to an existing item in a totally different list, call it list B. It does not seem like PowerApps allows for programmatically copying attachments between items in different SharePoint lists. Can someone confirm if this is true?

See my response in this other thread.

EDIT: 

Aha! I figured it out. If you need to patch attachments from an item in one SharePoint list to an item in a totally different SharePoint list, you must first remove the Attachments.Id parameter from the collection!

I used the following code:

 

ClearCollect(colAttachments,AddColumns(DropColumns(colAttachments,"Id"),"Id",""));
ResetForm(AttachmentsForm);
Patch(SharePointList,LookUp(SharePointList,ID=ThisItem.ID),AttachmentsForm.Updates);

 

Shazam007
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Hi I came across your post, I raised a similar problem, then managed to find a workaround 

 

see my post link Solved: Re: Flow versus Office365GroupsHttpRequest Connect... - Power Platform Community (microsoft....

 

I managed to find a solution for the problem (Is it possible to use office365groups.httprequest connector with a Patch or Collection, or maybe a combination , within a Power Apps environment to simultaneously add metadata from sharepoint list to sharepoint document library ? ), see code highlighted in red.

ForAll(DataCardValue52.Attachments,Office365Groups.HttpRequest(" https://graph.microsoft.com/v1.0/sites/..../root:/"&ThisRecord.Name&":/content","PUT",ThisRecord.Value));
Refresh(DocLibAB);
ClearCollect(collastdoclib,Last(DocLibAB));
ForAll(collastdoclib,Patch(DocLibAB,LookUp(DocLibAB,ID=collastdoclib[@ID]),{ProdId2Num:varproditem2.ID}))
*Note*
ProdId2Num is column name within SP Doc lib AB where the value from the SP list A will land
varproditem2.ID is the prod SP LIST ID value from SP list A. This variable was initiated and set when clicked a button within a gallery list item of SP list A. The Button had following on the onselect; Set(varproditem2,thisitem);Navigate(newuploaddoclib)

**More on the Office365Groups.HttpRequest(" https://graph.microsoft.com/v1.0/sites/..../root:/" - check out first Reza Dorani video  : https://youtu.be/n3mhe88BI34 to help to get a better understanding of the first FORALL part

 

Step by Steps:
1.After the first FOR ALL I added a new line; REFERESH of the doc library
2.COLLECTION of that last or latest doclib record just added
3.then a new FORALL to MATCH ID's of Collection with Last Doc Lib AB record ID
4.PATCH the variable containing the Sharepoint list ID value to the Doc Lib AB Column (this is the relational table part wanted to achieve)

After a few test runs Worked... No more flow errors with my flow....Happy Days

Thanks 

Shahzaad

 

 

That looks complicated, but your use case also seems different than mine.

My solution for the use case of wanting to attach files from SharePoint ListA to SharePoint ListB is simple:

If you need to patch attachments from an item in one SharePoint list to an item in a totally different SharePoint list, you must first remove the Attachments.Id parameter from the collection!

I used the following code:

 

ClearCollect(colAttachments,AddColumns(DropColumns(colAttachments,"Id"),"Id",""));
ResetForm(AttachmentsForm);
Patch(SharePointList,LookUp(SharePointList,ID=ThisItem.ID),AttachmentsForm.Updates);

 

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