Top 10 Power Apps Functions You Should Know (With Examples):

One of the key features of Power Apps are functions [Power Fx Formulas], which are pre-built blocks of code that perform specific tasks.
These Power Apps functions [Power Fx Formulas], can be combined in different ways to create custom applications and automate complex business processes.
In this article, we will discuss the most commonly used functions in PowerApps and provide examples of how they can be used.

Here’s a list of the Top 10 Power Apps Functions You Should Know (With Examples)

1- If() Function: 

The “IF” function is used to perform conditional statements in PowerApps. 

The syntax for the “IF” function is:
      If( condition, value_if_true, value_if_false )

Here’s an example of how to use IF function:
     

If( IsBlank(txtName.Text) , "Empty", "Complete");

2- Collect() Function: 

The “Collect” function is used to create a collection of records in PowerApps.

The syntax for the “Collect” function is:
      Collect( CollectionName, Data )

Here’s how it works:

Collect( Orders, { Product: "Product1", Quantity: 10, Price: 100 }, { Product: "Product2", Quantity: 5, Price: 200 } );

Related, the ClearCollect function:
      1-Deleting all records from a collection.
      2-Adding a different set of records.

3- Filter() Function: 

The “Filter” function is used to filter data based on conditions in PowerApps.
The function returns all records that result in true.

The syntax for the “Filter” function is:
      Filter( DataSource, condition )

Here’s an example:

Filter( Orders, Product = "Product1" );

 

4- Sort() Function: 

The “Sort” function is used to sort data in PowerApps.

The syntax for the “Sort” function is:
      Sort( DataSource, SortColumn, Order )

Example:

Sort( Orders, Quantity, SortOrder.Descending );

 

5- Patch() Function: 

The “Patch” function is used to update data in a data source in PowerApps.

The syntax for the “Patch” function is:
      Patch( DataSource, BaseRecord, UpdateRecord )

Example:

Patch( Orders, First( Filter( Orders, ID = 1 ) ), { Quantity: 15 } );
Powerapps functions -Power Fx formula reference

PowerApps is a low-code platform for building custom business applications.

PowerFX, is a formula language for PowerApps that allows users to write custom logic for their apps using a combination of pre-built functions and custom code.

6- Concat() / Concatenate() Power App Function: 

The Concatenate function concatenates a mix of individual strings and a single-column table of strings.
The Concat function applies a formula to all records in a table and combines the resulting strings into a single string. This can be useful for creating comma-separated lists or other types of string concatenation.

The syntax for the “Concat”/ “Concatenate” function:
      Concatenate( string1, string2, … )
Concat( DataSource, expression, separator) // Requires a data source.

Here’s how to combine three strings using the Concatenate() function:

Concatenate("Hello", " ", "World!");

Concat() function example:

Concat( Orders, Product, ", " );

 

7- CountRows() Function: 

The “CountRows” function is used to count the number of rows in a table in PowerApps. 

The syntax for the “CountRows” function is:
      CountRows( DataSource )

Here’s an example:

CountRows(Orders)

 

8- LookUp() Power Apps Function: 

The “LookUp” function is used to look up values in another table based on a related value in PowerApps. 

The syntax for the “LookUp” function is:
      LookUp( DataSource, condition, …)     … optional  Ex: resultColumn

See the example below for how it works:

LookUp(Orders, Product="Product1")

 

9- Max and Min Functions: 

The “Max” and “Min” functions are used to find the maximum or minimum value in a column in PowerApps. 

The syntax for the “Max” and “Min” functions is:
      Max( DataSource, Column )
      Min( DataSource, Column )

Example:

Max(Orders, Quantity)
Min(Orders, Quantity)

 

10- Average Function: 

The “Average” function is used to find the average of a column of numbers in PowerApps. 

The syntax for the “Average” function is:
      Average( DataSource, Column )

Here’s how it works:

Average(Orders, Quantity)

 

More Power Apps Functions, Formulas and Expressions [Power Fx]

Set(): Set the value of a global variable.
UpdateContext(): create a context variable.
Location: you can use your device’s GPS, a map control, and a formula that uses Location.Latitude and Location.Longitude to display your current location. Location.Altitude
Navigate() / Back(): use the Back and Navigate function to change which screen is displayed.
Notify(): displays a banner message to the user at the top of the screen.

 

For more information about all the Power Fx formula reference for Power Apps: Microsoft Link

Power Apps Functions and Expressions Conclusion

In conclusion, functions play an important role in Power Apps and help users automate complex business processes and create custom applications with ease.
Today, we review the Top 10 Power Apps Functions You Should Know (With Examples), including If, Collect, Filter, Sort, Patch, Concat, CountRows, LookUp, Max, and Min, Average (some of the most commonly used functions in PowerApps).
Understanding how these functions work and how to use them effectively is an essential part of creating successful PowerApps. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced PowerApps developer, mastering these functions will help you build more robust, efficient, and effective apps.

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