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Power BI REST API - retrieving activity events returns 403 / "API is not accessible for application"



I am trying to get activity logs using a Power BI secrvice principal. Once a valid access token is retrieved, it is possible to use the Power BI REST API for example to get the groups (GET - it works fine. 


Hoerver, when I attempt to get activity events (GET a 403 Forbidden error with the following message is returned:


"Message": "API is not accessible for application"

The service principal has all requires scopes and also the admin role. The doc says that it is possible to "authenticate via service principal"  (ref. to, so my understaing is that this API can be used with a service principal.


Any idea?


Best regards,


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I am seeing the same issue as @micpo and @sjkpdk when trying to use the activityevents API from Azure Data Factory. 

@V-lianl-msft :

Has anyone been able to get this method to work?


If not can what alternatives are there to extract power bi audit log activity?


What does the documentation mean by

  • " The user must have administrator rights . . . to call this API or authenticate via service principal."
  • "Required scope: Tenant.Read.All or Tenant.ReadWrite.All."
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We are also unable to get this to work. It is really fustrating when the docs state that it should work for a service principal, but in reality it doesnt seem to be the case. 

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Hi @micpol ,


You must meet these requirements to access the Power BI activity log:

  • You must either be a global admin or a Power BI service admin.
  • You have installed the  Power BI Management cmdlets locally or use the Power BI Management cmdlets in Azure Cloud Shell.


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Hi @V-lianl-msft ,


thank you for your reply.


My case is related to embedding content for customers ( , ), so I am using a Power BI servcice principal (App account), not an AAD user account.


The service principal has been added to Power BI service admin list as well as required scopes have been set correctly.


Furthermore, I am talking to the Power BI service by means of the REST API ( from within my application (backend), I am not using any Power BI Management cmdlets.


According to it is possible to get authenticated via service principal. Note that other Power BI REST APIs are working fine.


In this particular case the message I am facing is "API is not accessible for application" and the HTTP error code is 403 Forbidden. It seems to me that the does not work with a service principal.


Summarizing, is that feasible to get acticity events using a service principal created for the "embed content for your customers" case at all? I would like to have acccess to that activity log from within an application (backend).


Best reagrds,


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