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Posted by on Dec 15, 2022 in Development

Looking to get started with Power App development? There’s a free Developer Plan for you…

Looking to get started with Power App development? There’s a free Developer Plan for you…

Developers (either pro-code or citizen) looking to get started with Power App development, or perhaps who are returning to Power Apps for another project can often stumble when it comes to getting the correct license in the Power Platform to enable them to do their work. This can be especially true in a larger org, where process and budgets can slow onboarding even more.

Did you know, though, that there’s actually a specific plan for developers: the Power Apps Developer Plan? (I didn’t, which is why I’m writing this blog post!)

This used to be called the Power Apps Community Plan but was rebranded in May 2021 and it looks like it’s going to keep going until at least the end of March 2023 (based on the disclaimer text on this page).

As long as you have a work/school account back by Active Directory, you can sign up to this plan, which offers:

  • Power Apps—Create and test unlimited apps with Dataverse and premium connectors.
  • Power Automate—Automate workflows between applications and services.
  • Dataverse—Build a data model that all your apps can use.
  • Connect Your Data—Connect to data sources using connectors or with Custom APIs.
  • Pick your tool—Use Power Apps, Power Automate, Dataverse, Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, and Azure services to create the solutions you need.

This is a “development only” plan though. If you want to take any of your creations into production, you’ll need to use a different license, such as one of the ones listed on the Power Apps pricing page.

There’s a limit of 750 Power Automate flows per month, and a maximum database size of 2GB.

More information on the Power Apps Developer Plan can be found at: Sign up for Power Apps Developer Plan – Power Apps | Microsoft Learn

Written by Tom Morgan

Tom is a Microsoft Teams Platform developer and Microsoft MVP who has been blogging for over a decade. Find out more.
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