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michaelshparber
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Connect to a Dataflow with Excel Power Query

Hello friends,

How do I connect to a Dataflow table from Excel Power Query?

I don't see the same connectors as I see in Power BI - maybe I can install smth.?

Thanks!

Michael

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v-frfei-msft
Community Support
Community Support

Hi @michaelshparber ,

 

Based on my test, it is not supported yet currently.You can come up a new idea about that and add your comments there to improve Power BI and make this feature coming sooner.


https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas

 

Community Support Team _ Frank
If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the others find it more quickly.

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It hasn't been properly rolled out yet, but I've figured out how it can be done (and it's really easy!). Not sure if this has been fully rolled out inside excel yet, I'm using excel 365 and it's working for me.

 

In excel, do Get Data -> Other Sources -> Blank Query.

 

The first line of your query needs to be:

 

=PowerPlatform.Dataflows(null)

 

If you've ingested a dataflow into Power BI before, this navigation will start to look very familiar. You'll need to sign in with your organisational account, and then you should see a table in the previous window show the records "Workspaces" and "Environments". Click "Workspaces", then under the "Data" field select "Folder" and it will drill down to the next level. You can keep navigating down in the same way, but I find the easiest way to continue is to then click the Navigation Cog in the "Applied Steps"  box and navigate exactly the same way that you would do in Power BI.

Power Query Dataflow NavigationPower Query Dataflow Navigation

 

Congratulations! You've just connected Excel Power Query to your Power BI Dataflow! You can now interact with the dataflow in PQ exactly as you would any other source, and once you're done you can Load your data directly into your data model or a tab as usual.

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mikesmith_bp
Frequent Visitor

Looks like you have the same build I do (2108).  I think we need to wait for our next Excel update before this will work.

Anonymous
Not applicable

Hi, 

 

I read it is now possible to connect Excel PQ to dataflows, do you guys know how to ? I can't find "dataflow" as data entry option in excel (it says I have the latest version).

 

Regards

Hugo

Did you ever figure this out?  I'm also very interested in finding a way to connect Excel to a DataFlow.  I'm getting very tired of using different data sources when I have to use Excel rather than Power BI.  

Anonymous
Not applicable

In Power BI's "Get Data" dialog there's an entry for "Power BI dataflows" and "Power Platform dataflows". The link only mentions Power Platform dataflows. I wonder if this will include both?

Same boat here - would like to be able to consume powerbi dataflow data in excel, appears that the option should be present, but cannot find anywhere that explains how to do it.

v-frfei-msft
Community Support
Community Support

Hi @michaelshparber ,

 

Based on my test, it is not supported yet currently.You can come up a new idea about that and add your comments there to improve Power BI and make this feature coming sooner.


https://ideas.powerbi.com/forums/265200-power-bi-ideas

 

Community Support Team _ Frank
If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the others find it more quickly.

It hasn't been properly rolled out yet, but I've figured out how it can be done (and it's really easy!). Not sure if this has been fully rolled out inside excel yet, I'm using excel 365 and it's working for me.

 

In excel, do Get Data -> Other Sources -> Blank Query.

 

The first line of your query needs to be:

 

=PowerPlatform.Dataflows(null)

 

If you've ingested a dataflow into Power BI before, this navigation will start to look very familiar. You'll need to sign in with your organisational account, and then you should see a table in the previous window show the records "Workspaces" and "Environments". Click "Workspaces", then under the "Data" field select "Folder" and it will drill down to the next level. You can keep navigating down in the same way, but I find the easiest way to continue is to then click the Navigation Cog in the "Applied Steps"  box and navigate exactly the same way that you would do in Power BI.

Power Query Dataflow NavigationPower Query Dataflow Navigation

 

Congratulations! You've just connected Excel Power Query to your Power BI Dataflow! You can now interact with the dataflow in PQ exactly as you would any other source, and once you're done you can Load your data directly into your data model or a tab as usual.

Bravo!

AJMcCourt,
Thank you so much for this post, I've been looking for months how to do this, it worked very well.

Thank you, thank you

Carlos

This is a Game Changer for me, THANKS!

This worked well for me - thanks so much for the tip!

 

So odd that they still haven't bothered to add it to the UI.

@AJMcCourt,

 

Thank you for this awesome discovery! This will make a lot of Excel users happy. 🙂

 

Community: here's the full query and screenshots to assist.

 

1. Query:

 

let
    Source = PowerPlatform.Dataflows(null)
in
    Source

 

2. In the Data column for Workspaces, click "Folder".

 

DataInsights_0-1652638056514.png

 

3. Click the gear icon on the Navigation step and navigate to the dataflow entity.

 

DataInsights_1-1652638211228.png

 

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Another way to use Power BI data in Excel is to connect a pivot table to a published dataset. You can connect from Excel, or use the "Analyze in Excel" option in Power BI Service. Connecting to a dataset will enable you to use calculated tables, calculated columns, and measures. It's great to have the option to use dataflows or datasets.

 

If you need to use formulas to pull dataset data into another sheet, configure your pivot table to use a table format:

 

1. Show in Tabular Form

2. Repeat All Item Labels

3. Remove subtotals





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Hi, 

 

I have office 365 but I still get error when I try to use your method to connect to dataflows. 

 

is it still working for you?

 

thanks, 

 

Kaavya

I can confirm that this works in Office 365. It's not exposed in the UI, but you can navigate to the Dataflows you have access to. I tried this same approach months ago (writing M code directly) and got an error message instead.

Not working for me.  Which build of Excel do you have?  I have Version 2108.  The M code results in an error.  =PowerPlatform.Dataflows(null)

Microsoft® Excel® for Microsoft 365 MSO (Version 2202 Build 16.0.14931.20128) 64-bit

Did anyone work out when this will be implemented or a work around?

 

i ahve tried to use the suggested: =PowerPlatform.Dataflows(null) - but this doesnt work and just errors.

fjamB
Frequent Visitor

I am having the same problem, it shows an error when connecting.

 

I have the following excel version:

Microsoft® Excel® for Microsoft 365 MSO (16.0.14326.20900) 64-bit

Version 2108 (Build 14326.20910)

 

My steps are:

1. Blank query

2. Paste code in advanced editor

 

let
    Source = PowerPlatform.Dataflows(null)
in
    Source

 

 

Then it shows this error:

 

fjamB_0-1652821033878.png

 

Any help is welcome

 

Regards,

F.

 

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