Xero (saas accounting tool) make a Power BI Template available to its customers. The template is a Power BI "App" that can be installed in Power BI quite easily.
Here are Microsoft Power BI instructions to add Xero Template
Here are Xero instructions
We have successfully added the Xero App to our Power BI online account and are have the Xero App connected to Xero data which is awesome.
Now I want to download the Xero App reports as a .pbix file so that I can modify the file, learn how the report data source uses the Xero database tables, etc.
However, the "download .pbix" feature in Power BI is disabled / greyed out. This can happen for a number of reasons including if the Power BI report was made with an older version of Power BI, or if the developer disabled this feature.
We have enabled the Admin feature on our Power BI service to allow pbix downloads.
Any ideas, tips, hints, suggestions on what to check next?
Hi @Anonymous ,
The template app publisher has ability to control whether to enable download pbix for the installers of the app. You can contact Xero and ask them to enable download of the .pbix.
Connecting to the Power BI dataset from Desktop will allow you to build your own measures & report - maybe that can help?
Will definitely reach out to Xero and see if they can enable pbix/rdl download.
In meantime, indeed I have been thinking about possibility of connecting to the Power BI dataset from Desktop. Wasn't quite sure exactly how to do that, but it turned out to be quite simple.
Just created new Power BI report (logged in as Power BI user), then Get Data as follows:
Get Data > Power Platform > Power BI datasets (selected "Xero" in the resulting list of available datasets) to connect to the Xero App data source.
After my Desktop report had that online data source, I was able view the Model in the left side navigation menu and see the Xero data source (which is a SQL Server Analysis Services database) tables and relationships .
This gets me part of what I wanted!
However, I still want to be able to see the logic behind the SSAS database measures. For that I will need to have the original pbix file.
Any Xero employees reading this, please consder enabling pbix/rdl file download in your Xero Template App.
The most likely reasons for this issue are the red highlighted ones below.
Can anyone confirm specifically which one(s) are the reason why the Xero Power BI App pbix file cannot be downloaded?
There are a few important considerations and limitations associated with downloading a .pbix file from the Power BI service.
Nope, This is a template app specific feature of disabling download pbix - it's by design 🙂
PBIX files can not be downloaded from App, you can use dataset behind the reports.
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