With Power BI Desktop, you can connect to data from many different sources. A full list of available data sources is at the bottom of this page.
To connect to data, select Get Data from the Home ribbon. Selecting the down arrow, or the Get Data text on the button, shows the Most Common data types menu shown in the following image.
Selecting More… from the Most Common menu displays the Get Data window. You can also bring up the Get Data window (and bypass the Most Common menu) by selecting the Get Data icon button directly.
Note: The Power BI team is continually expanding the data sources available to Power BI Desktop and the Power BI service. As such, you'll often see early versions of work-in-progress data sources marked as Beta or Preview. Any data source marked as Beta or Preview has limited support and functionality, and should not be used in production environments.
Data types are organized in the following categories:
The All category includes all data connection types from all categories.
The File category provides the following data connections:
The following image shows the Get Data window for File.
> Note: In previous versions of Power BI Desktop, CSV and Text were separate data connection types. Those data connectors have been combined into CSV/Text.
The Database category provides the following data connections:
Note: Some database connectors require that you enable them by selecting File > Options and settings > Options then selecting Preview Features and enabling the connector. If you don't see some of the connectors mentioned above and want to use them, check your Preview Features settings. Also note that any data source marked as Beta or Preview has limited support and functionality, and should not be used in production environments.
The following image shows the Get Data window for Database.
The Azure category provides the following data connections:
The following image shows the Get Data window for Azure.
The Online Services category provides the following data connections:
The following image shows the Get Data window for Online Services.
The Other category provides the following data connections:
The following image shows the Get Data window for Other.
Note: At this time, it's not possible to connect to custom data sources secured using Azure Active Directory.
To connect to a data source, select the data source from the Get Data window and select Connect. In the following image, Web is selected from the Other data connection category.
A connection window is displayed, specific to the type of data connection. If credentials are required, you’ll be prompted to provide them. The following image shows a URL being entered to connect to a Web data source.
When the URL or resource connection information is entered, select OK. Power BI Desktop makes the connection to the data source, and presents the available data sources in the Navigator.
You can either load the data by selecting the Load button at the bottom of the Navigator pane, or edit the query before loading data by selecting the Edit button.
That’s all there is to connecting to data sources in Power BI Desktop! Try connecting to data from our growing list of data sources, and check back often - we continue to add to this list all the time.
There are all sorts of things you can do with Power BI Desktop. For more information on its capabilities, check out the following resources: