cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Reply
thilokg Frequent Visitor
Frequent Visitor

Power BI Desktop - IMPORT data limitation

When I use Power BI Import (Connect to SQL Server and select Import) to get data to Power BI Desktop, is there a data volume limitation? 

I know for DirectQuery there is no data volume limitation. What about Import? Is it 1GB?

 

Thanks

Thilok

1 ACCEPTED SOLUTION

Accepted Solutions
Highlighted
zoloturu
Advisor

Re: Power BI Desktop - IMPORT data limitation

Hi @thilokg,

 

There is no volume limitation for a load for either DirectQuery or Import. DirectQuery has a limit of rows behind each visual - 1 mln, but Import has no such limit. You have a limit for Import mode - memory usage limited to your computer resources (RAM). So if you have 8 GB of RAM and your report consumes 9 GB then it will fail. You can check usage via Windows Task Manager -> Resource Monitor (https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-use-resource-monitor-windows-7)

 

Regards,

Ruslan

View solution in original post

3 REPLIES 3
Highlighted
zoloturu
Advisor

Re: Power BI Desktop - IMPORT data limitation

Hi @thilokg,

 

There is no volume limitation for a load for either DirectQuery or Import. DirectQuery has a limit of rows behind each visual - 1 mln, but Import has no such limit. You have a limit for Import mode - memory usage limited to your computer resources (RAM). So if you have 8 GB of RAM and your report consumes 9 GB then it will fail. You can check usage via Windows Task Manager -> Resource Monitor (https://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-use-resource-monitor-windows-7)

 

Regards,

Ruslan

View solution in original post

thilokg Frequent Visitor
Frequent Visitor

Re: Power BI Desktop - IMPORT data limitation

First of all, thanks for the quick response.

 

What do you mean by 'Import mode'? Its the same 'Import' I mentioned, right?

 

What I mean is the option next to DirectQuery (when you try to get data from a SQL Server)

zoloturu
Advisor

Re: Power BI Desktop - IMPORT data limitation

@thilokg,

 

Yes. Import mode is Import (next option to DirectQuery).

 

Regards,

Ruslan

Helpful resources

Announcements
New Ranks and Rank Icons in 2020

New Ranks and Rank Icons in 2020

Read the announcement for more information!

New Kudos Given Badges Coming

New Kudos Given Badges Coming

We're rolling out new Kudos Given badges. Find out how many Kudos you've given.

November 2019 Community Highlights

November 2019 Community Highlights

Get an overview of the events and great community content from November.

Power Platform World Tour

Power Platform World Tour

Find out where you can attend!

Top Solution Authors
Top Kudoed Authors (Last 30 Days)