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Managed Packages say they provide IP/Code Protection for Flows but to what extent? If I deploy a flow into a customer environment, can they not just go in there, copy the flows they want and then eventually uninstall the managed package?

Is there any way to prevent a customer from doing the above?

This was a similar question posted on this post, so I am also linking it for visibility. Is it possible to prevent certain flows from being cloned

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  • All packaged flows are automatically protected UNLESS you make them templates.
    – Phil W
    Commented Dec 7, 2022 at 6:50
  • Hi @PhilW could you point me to a doc on how they are protected? Can a customer edit or copy them?
    – andrew
    Commented Dec 7, 2022 at 17:31

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If you review the "packageable components" documentation for flow you will see:


Can This Component Be Updata or Removed After Package Version Promotion
Component Has IP Protection Yes, except templates

Editable Properties After Package Promotion or Installation

Only Package Developer Can Edit

  • Entire flow

Both Package Developer and Subscriber Can Edit

  • Flow Label
  • Description
  • Status

Neither Package Developer or Subscriber Can Edit

  • Flow API Name
  • URL

The key points are that a flow in a managed package has IP protection unless you make it a template. If it isn't a template, the subscriber cannot view or edit the flow at all. They can relabel it, update its description and change its status.

If you make the flow a template then the subscriber can clone it then edit the clone (but they still cannot edit the original). This is the only way that the subscriber is able to see a flow's details. So if you don't want them to know how a flow does its magic, just don't make it a template in your managed package.

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