Breathing Life in to Power Apps with the Unsplash API

Breathing Life in to Power Apps with the Unsplash API

The disappointment of just how bland your “SharePoint List with buttons” looks at the end of it is enough to make anyone reach for that lockdown gin and tonic. How to use REST APIs in Microsoft Power Automate (AKA Flow) to add random, but oh so beautiful, images to your SharePoint List

Watching Power App tutorials can be a bit like watching grass grow. On drying paint. While you wait for the kettle to boil. The disappointment of just how bland your “SharePoint List with buttons” looks at the end of it is enough to make anyone reach for that lockdown gin and tonic.

Don’t fret. We can steal other people’s pictures and make them look pretty.

Power Apps are ugly

Below is our classic personality-free Canvas app from SharePoint.

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Grade A Example of why everyone thinks Power Apps are rubbish (sorry Microsoft). They’re just mostly drab looking. Tutorial from Microsoft Canvas app from SharePoint.

Don’t get me wrong, Microsoft is dropping releases for Power Apps faster than anybody can learn them. There is no shortage of things they can do, and the lengths to which you can extend them. The problem is that they just never quite look as good as when you go down the Web App route directly (just look at those fancy Bootstrap themes)

Well, a quick fix is to add some images, so let’s start robbing them from the internet’s many photographers.

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The Game Plan

The SharePoint List Picture Field

Take that SharePoint list from the Microsoft tutorial and add a column of type ‘Picture’.

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Add a Picture column. Sometimes, inspiration for column names comes hard.

Adding or updating an item in this list, the user is asked for a URL and an alternative text field. A classic use case for this field would be using it to store the image URL of the ice cream you just dropped with the Power Apps Camera control.

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SharePoint list fields of type ‘Picture’ want a URL

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