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Link to Local file rather than a WEB URL?

Hello fellow users,

I am trying to convert a report from another BI product and I seriously cant figure out how I can make a link to a local file in power bi, I can find it for web urls.. but I want to press a link and open a file?

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Hi All,

We had the same issue and used following steps to solve it: 

  1. STEP 1: Install an adding called 'Enable Local File Links' for Chrome. 
  2. STEP 2: Test and succeed!

The Chrome Add-In can be found here:

All credits to my customer Tim V.C. 🙌


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@amitchandak - I see you are listed as the Top Solution Author. This thread seems to indicate that there was a solution, but I am not seeing any. Please see my prior post and let me know if you have any suggestions or a solution. Thanks!

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This is very basic functionality, I am shocked that PowerBI does not have it. Tableau has this feature and it works great there. Basically, we have a report with URLs in one column -- clicking on the link should either download the file or open the URL. I'm seeing requests and questions about this dating back to 2017, and still nothing?? Is there anyone at Microsoft who monitors this?

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Facing the same problem... file:// + not local file = syntax err. I'm trying to open a file:// url (it is not stored in my computer neither it is a shared folder but text box and button action gets a syntax err...


Any one with an idea of a work around?

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Hey, Is there any update available where by click on the local folder link it shoul open it inthe browser automatically??



For me, this works in ie but not in chrome. Im using file:// style links.


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Hello, I've created an idea to support this feature improvement:


Months are passing, and there is no improvemnt on url features since May 2017. For me is an important feature that can make more powerful the power bi.





You can use “file” link type. It looks like this in the picture. This is latest feature in may edition. Please reference these two links to find more.

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Best Regards!

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It's' working for me as FILE.

Make sure to replace in Power Query every "\" with "/" and every " "(space) with "%20"




Hi Cristian, is not working for me


I replace in "\" with "/" and every " "(space) with "%20",


An example:




nothing happens in chrome or edge nor in desktop


I obtained the file download option only, pasting the path like url


Thanks for your help






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Any news on this? I'm having the same issue. When I click on the link, nothing happens. I set its category as Web URL. 


This is the main stopper for a report I'm working on.

thanks a lot for this alternative


I tried doing that, and the links do become blue but I cant click em and open the file. I am using Power Bi Desktop.





This feature isn't supported in Power BI desktop by far. Maybe it will be in the future. Here is cited from official blog:

If you want to use file URLs, there are some limitations. They will not open in the Power BI Desktop, only in web browsers. For most browsers, you will need to right click on the link, copy the link address, and paste the URL in a new tab.



Best regards!


Community Support Team _ Dale
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