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I'm trying to do things like work with maps or other, and I've been pointed a few times to https://pcf.gallery to browse components. How do you actually use them though? Many don't have a download zip link, but for the ones that do, if I go to the Power Apps admin page and import it as a solution, it fails every time saying The solution file is invalid. The compressed file must contain the following files at its root: solution.xml, customizations.xml, and [Content_Types].xml. Customization files exported from previous versions of Microsoft Dynamics 365 are not supported.
For example, https://pcf.gallery/bing-address-autocomplete/ with the download link https://github.com/acieslik/PCF.BingAddressAutocomplete
I hit Code and Download ZIP but it doesn't work and gives that error above. There is a customizations.xml and solutions.xml file but they are in the PCF.BingAddressAutocomplete/BingAddressAutocomplete/AC_PCF_BingAddressAutoComplete/Other folder and not in the root.
When I follow this guide here https://carldesouza.com/how-to-install-powerapps-components-from-pcf-gallery-to-your-org/ it says when clicking a component, the Github will already have the ZIP file attached to it to just download but none I've tried have that or very few do. If I download that ZIP it does work, but what do you do for all these ones that have no ZIP file at all in the Github repo?
Not all PCF Library items will include the CRM/DataVerse Solution Files for you - and in such cases you will need to build and package your own solution file (which will require some technical ability).
The autocomplete - is just giving you the source code, they then provide some additional details on the Github to use XrmToolBox to build it and some more details provided in a link to a blog post.
The following link is a "create your first PCF control" from MSFT
Great thanks. Is this the type of thing then I could get a Dynamics 365 developer to just build the solution package for me and send me the zip? Or are they generally more related to my actua environment where the developer would need access to our Dynamics instance in order to properly create the package?
Generally someone can build and provide the Solution File. (the autocomplete in your post = Yes)
But, it can depend on exactly what your PCF control is doing (e.g. you could build a PCF control that performs an update on a record that is in a custom entity - and as its a custom entity then structurally the developer would need the structure to be able to test etc)
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