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moralescas Frequent Visitor
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Using an .Rds file in power BI

Dear community,


I am creating a map in my Power Bi report using R visuals. The library(sp) to be precise.


To create the map I am interested in, I need a SpatialPolygonsDataFrame that I can easily find online as an .rds file.


When creating the R visual, I need to have this data frame ready for usage. However, in the query process, it is not possible for me to extract something like an .rds file. 

For this reason, I extract the .rds file directly from R visual script editor, using something along the lines of


# get spatial data for country
con <- 


spatialDataFrame <- readRDS(con)

It works like a charm! But at the time of seeing the report already published, I encounter the following error:


Script Runtime Error
Error in readRDS(con) : cannot open the connection In addition: Warning message: In readRDS(con) : InternetOpenUrl failed: 'The server name or address could not be resolved'


My assumption is that PowerBI app does not allow me to stablish a connection using the R visual script runner.

Does anyone have an idea as to how to access .rds files using the R visual script runner?

Thank you in advance


p.s. I have come across this post already , but it unfortunately does not solve the problem.


v-jiascu-msft Super Contributor
Super Contributor

Re: Using an .Rds file in power BI

Hi Paulo,


I would suggest you split it into two steps. One is getting data and another is creating a visual.

1. Get data with R script in the Query Editor.

2. Create a visual.



Best Regards,

Community Support Team _ Dale
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