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rgiljohann
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Offline Sync in Portals

I am wondering if it is possible to have an offline sync feature for Power Apps Portals. I know this is possible with Canvas apps, but am wondering if it is possible for Portals.

 

I have an app that is for many external users that I need offline capabilities for, and am wondering the best licensing structure, with the key being that I need that offline sync capability.

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OOlashyn
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Hi @rgiljohann ,

 

In my presentation that was mentioned by @OliverRodrigues I am showing on how to transform portal to Progressive Web App. You can find more about Progressive Web Apps here and in my presentation itself. Regarding saving data offline - yes you can save data of the user and then sync it back when user will be online, but I didn't show how to do it. However, you might have issues with OOTB forms as for working offline you need to prefetch and save pages locally and forms especially the ones that will have lookups will definitely have issue offline. One way around I can see is create special offline pages with custom forms to be able to save data more easily, but this require additional development.

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Fubar
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PowerApps Portal does not run offline.

OliverRodrigues
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Hi, take a look at this video from @OOlashyn https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLN1zHJr50E

is not a full offline, but is the closest as we can get




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Oliver Rodrigues


 

Thanks... This looks like it could work. You mentioned not full offline capability, but it appears that the user would be able to fill in a form, and then have that sync to the database when they are back online. 

 

Did I get that right? Do you know what normal offline capabilities would not work? All I really need is the ability for the user to fill the form and then sync when back online.

OliverRodrigues
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I haven't tried that myself, just saw his presentation, he uploaded another video as well as the source code used as he had issues during the live demo, see if it helps: https://www.dancingwithcrm.com/powerapps-portal-pwa/




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OOlashyn
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Hi @rgiljohann ,

 

In my presentation that was mentioned by @OliverRodrigues I am showing on how to transform portal to Progressive Web App. You can find more about Progressive Web Apps here and in my presentation itself. Regarding saving data offline - yes you can save data of the user and then sync it back when user will be online, but I didn't show how to do it. However, you might have issues with OOTB forms as for working offline you need to prefetch and save pages locally and forms especially the ones that will have lookups will definitely have issue offline. One way around I can see is create special offline pages with custom forms to be able to save data more easily, but this require additional development.

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rgiljohann
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Thanks, this is all very helpful. 

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