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Third-party visuals in Power BI

Power BI includes several useful visuals. But if none of these visuals meet your needs, you can download and import several third-party visuals into Power BI. There are two ways to obtain these visuals:

  • By downloading a third-party visual file from the Microsoft AppSource and importing it into Power BI

  • By accessing the Microsoft AppSource directly from Power BI via the Import option

Download and import a third-party visual file into Power BI

To download a third-party visual from the Microsoft AppSource and import it into Power BI, follow these steps:

  1. Type https://appsource.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/apps?page=1&product=power-bi-visuals in your web browser’s address bar.

  2. The Microsoft AppSource opens. Under the third-party visual you want to download, click Get It Now. (See screen 1 in Figure 3-7.)

    Figure 3-7

    Figure 3-7 Importing a third-party visual.

  3. When prompted, enter your work email address and your Power BI password, and click Continue to accept the terms and conditions.

    Power BI Desktop will download a PBVIZ file.

  4. In Power BI Desktop, click the link in the Visualizations pane and choose Import from File. (See screen 2 in Figure 3-7.)

  5. A Caution: Import Custom Visual dialog box opens. (See screen 3 in Figure 3-7.) Click the Import button.

  6. Locate and select the file you just downloaded and click Import.

    After the import operation, you’ll see the following message: The visual was successfully imported into this report. You can then select the visual from the Visualizations pane.

Access the Microsoft AppSource directly to import a third-party visual

To access the Microsoft AppSource from within Power BI to directly import a third-party visual, follow these steps:

  1. In Power BI Desktop, click the link in the Visualizations pane and choose Import from Marketplace. (Refer to screen 2 in Figure 3-7.)

  2. The Microsoft AppSource opens and displays a list of third-party visuals. Select a visual and click the Add button.

    After the import operation, you’ll see the following message: The visual was successfully imported into this report. You can then select the visual from the Visualizations pane.