Power Automate offers custom connectors that help in developing apps and flows necessitating access to 3rd party services like currency exchange rates, text translation, or document conversion. Normally, the HTTP connector is used, which requires specification of request method, headers, parameters, and authentication method. However, due to its complexity, many developers may not be comfortable using the HTTP connector. To ease this, custom connector is used to connect with APIs, allowing easier access to 3rd party services for makers. After defining the custom connector once, any maker can select it in Power Automate flow editor and use it like a built-in connector.
Custom connectors in Power Automate serve as a lifeline for developers requiring access to third-party services. Not just helpful in connecting with APIs, these connectors reduce complexity and ease the overall process of app and flow development. The main advantage of a custom connector is it only needs to be defined once. After its definition, the makers can freely use it in Power Automate flow editor just like any built-in connector. It's a powerful feature that enhances Power Automate's usability and simplicity.
Custom connectors for Power Automate are a great way to access third-party services, such as currency exchange rates, text translation, and document conversion, within a flow. Rather than having to configure the HTTP connector with the request method, headers, parameters, and authentication method, custom connectors can be created and shared among multiple users. This allows makers to use the custom connector in the Power Automate flow editor as if it was a built-in connector. When creating custom connectors, makers have two options: using the GUI or writing code. The GUI option allows makers to quickly create a custom connector with the help of a wizard. The wizard walks makers through the steps of setting up the authentication, defining the various operations, and setting the scope of the connector. This is a great option for makers who want to quickly create a custom connector with minimal coding knowledge. The code option gives makers more control and flexibility when creating a custom connector. Makers can write code to define the parameters and authentication methods, as well as the operations that will be available in the custom connector. This option is more suitable for makers who have a good understanding of coding and APIs. Overall, custom connectors for Power Automate offer makers an easy way to access third-party services within a flow. The GUI and code options provide makers with different levels of control and flexibility when creating custom connectors.
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