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How do you count the number of records in a DataSource robustly independent of Delegation?


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Thank you for your consideration.

I am building a PowerApp for CDS/Dynamics using currently PowerApps 3.19075.21.

I am trying to find out the number of entries in a datasource, or in a "Relational Data field/table", but I don't know a robust way to retrieve this number of entries (i.e. guaranteed to give me the right result).

For example, given two entitities, "Auftrag (WA)" (Plural "Aufträge (WA)") and "Auftragsposition (WA)" (Plural "Auftragsposition (WA)"), with Auftragsposition containing a LookUp field to Auftrag, thus creating the relational data field/table 'Auftrag (WA)'.'Auftragsposition (WA)', I might want to know the number of Auftrag records or the number of Auftragsposition records associated with a given Auftrag record.
I.e. something like:

CountRows([@'Aufträge (WA)']) & "
" & CountRows([@'Auftragsposition (WA)']) & "
" & CountRows(Filter([@'Auftragsposition (WA)'], 'Auftrag (Suche)'.'Auftrag (WA)'=First([@'Aufträge (WA)']).'Auftrag (WA)')) & "
" & CountRows(First([@'Aufträge (WA)']).'Auftragsposition (WA)')

This yields lots of delegation warnings
Thus, for large datasets, there is the potential of those formulas not working, see also
As far as I understand, using Collect first and using CountRows removes the delegation warning but won't solve my problem as Collect will also only be returning the first X entries.
I understand that I can use a (scheduled) rollup field if I don't care that those numbers will only be available after scheduled rollup times.
However, I require a robust way to retrieve those numbers, say, in Button.OnSelect.


  1. Is there a function beside CountRows that I don't know about and that will do what I want?
  2. Is there any robust way to "simply" get those numbers I want irrespective of actual size of that number and, in particular, irrespective of delegation?

Thank you,

Super User
Super User

Re: How do you count the number of records in a DataSource robustly independent of Delegation?

Hi @SaWu 


within PowerApps this is not possible with all the delegation issues 


And even with delegation, PowerApps loads data in batches


your best bet would be to trigger a Flow which would perform all those calculations and then return the result (but this would be a long way to achieve it)



Reza Dorrani


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Community Support Team
Community Support Team

Re: How do you count the number of records in a DataSource robustly independent of Delegation?

Hi @SaWu ,

Firstly, it's not supported to avoid delegation by some special ways.

Delagation is PowerApps iteself's limit.

Secondly, if your record number is less than 2000, then just change this limit to 2000, you do not need to worry about the effect of delegation.delegation.jpg

Delegation is for large record that is larger than 2000, which may lead to wrong result.


Thirdly, if your data source's record is lager than 2000, you could only use delegable functions to avoid the effect of delegation.

Here's a doc about delegable functions of CDS for your reference, please modify your formula:


If you can not modify your formula by only using delegable functions, I suggest you use Flow instead of PowerApps.





Community Support Team _ Phoebe Liu
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