Power BI Desktop provides advanced query, modeling, and report creation features that enables you to build data models, create reports, and share your work by publishing to the Power BI service. Power BI Desktop is a free download.

To download the most recent version of Power BI Desktop, you can select the download icon from the upper right corner of the Power BI service, and select Power BI Desktop.

You can also download the latest version of Power BI Desktop from the following download page:

Regardless of which way you choose to download, once Power BI Desktop is downloaded you're prompted to run the installation file:

Power BI Desktop is installed as an application, and runs on your desktop.

When you launch Power BI Desktop, a Welcome screen is displayed.

From there, you can begin creating data models or reports, then share them with others on the Power BI service. Check out the More information links at the end of this article for links to guides that can help you get started using Power BI Desktop.

Minimum requirements

The following list provides the minimum requirements to run Power BI Desktop:

  • Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2, or later
  • .NET 4.5
  • Internet Explorer 9 or later
  • Memory (RAM): At least 1 GB available, 1.5 GB or more recommended.
  • Display: At least 1440x900 or 1600x900 (16:9) recommended. Lower resolutions such as 1024x768 or 1280x800 are not recommended, as certain controls (such as closing the startup screen) display beyond those resolutions.
  • Windows Display settings: If your display settings are set to change the size of text, apps, and other items to more than 100%, you may not be able to see certain dialogs that must be closed or responded to in order to proceed using Power BI Desktop. If you encounter this issue, check your Display settings by going to Settings > System > Display in Windows, and use the slider to return display settings to 100%.
  • CPU: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster x86- or x64-bit processor recommended.

More information

Once you get Power BI Desktop installed, the following content can help you get up and running quickly: