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JiriS
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Helper III

Opening links to local file server with Launch does not work

Hi,

 

I am using formula Launch to open files from our local file server.

The link that I used in formula Launch is correct and when I try to open it outside powerapps it works.

 

Before my users were opening powerapps in internet explorer the formula Launch worked.

Now they are using Microsoft Edge Chromium or Google Chrome and in these browses it does not work.

 

Where is the problem? How can I solve it?

 

Thank you for your ideas!

Georgwe

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timl
Super User
Super User

Hi @JiriS 

Unfortunately, this is the way that Microsoft Edge Chromium and Google Chrome work.

There is a security limitation that prevents content that is hosted on a site (say, https://apps.powerapps.com/xxxx ) from opening local resources, such as UNC paths/files or URLs in this format - file:///c:/folder/myFile.

As you observe, the link you use works outside of Power Apps. Initiating the link from another site is the problem. This is not a Power Apps limitation, but a browser limitation. There are no easy ways to work around this issue, but the easier options are:

1. Continue using IE
2. Install a browser extension.

Although browser extensions can provide a straightforward fix, they often stop working after a while, and there can also be security concerns around third-party extensions. There are some that are listed here..

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/2087894/can-google-chrome-open-local-links

You could also explore the Group Policy technique that is mentioned here.

https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/2261689-how-to-open-a-local-shared-file-in-chromium-edge

 

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timl
Super User
Super User

Hi @JiriS 

Unfortunately, this is the way that Microsoft Edge Chromium and Google Chrome work.

There is a security limitation that prevents content that is hosted on a site (say, https://apps.powerapps.com/xxxx ) from opening local resources, such as UNC paths/files or URLs in this format - file:///c:/folder/myFile.

As you observe, the link you use works outside of Power Apps. Initiating the link from another site is the problem. This is not a Power Apps limitation, but a browser limitation. There are no easy ways to work around this issue, but the easier options are:

1. Continue using IE
2. Install a browser extension.

Although browser extensions can provide a straightforward fix, they often stop working after a while, and there can also be security concerns around third-party extensions. There are some that are listed here..

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/2087894/can-google-chrome-open-local-links

You could also explore the Group Policy technique that is mentioned here.

https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/2261689-how-to-open-a-local-shared-file-in-chromium-edge

 

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Thank you so much for your answer.

I am really upset with this functionality of Browser.

 

George

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