Microsoft has created sample content for you to use with Power BI. Each of these samples is available as a content pack and as a separate Excel workbook. This topic provides instructions for downloading the Excel workbooks.

To learn more about the types of samples available, see Power BI samples.

Usage guidelines for the Power BI sample Excel workbooks


Please read this information before downloading the Power BI sample Excel workbooks.

©2015 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. The documents and workbooks are provided "as-is." Information and views expressed in the workbooks, including URL and other Internet Web site references, may change without notice. You bear the risk of using it. Some examples are for illustration only and are fictitious. No real association is intended or inferred. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here.

The workbooks do not provide you with any legal rights to any intellectual property in any Microsoft product. You may copy and use this workbook for your internal, reference purposes.

The workbooks and related data are provided by obviEnce.

ObviEnce is an ISV and an Intellectual Property (IP) Incubator focused on Microsoft Business Intelligence. ObviEnce works closely with Microsoft to develop best practices and thought leadership for jump-starting and deploying Microsoft Business Intelligence solutions.

The workbooks and data are property of obviEnce, LLC and have been shared solely for the purpose of demonstrating Power BI functionality with industry sample data.

Any uses of the workbooks and/or data must include the above attribution (that is also on the Info worksheet included with each workbook). The workbook and any visualizations must be accompanied by the following copyright notice: obviEnce ©.

By clicking any of the links below to download the Excel workbook files, you are agreeing to the terms above.

Download the Power BI sample workbooks

Download the individual samples files using the links below, or download a zip file of all the sample files. Once downloaded, you can open these in Excel and you can connect to them from Power BI service.

Tips and troubleshooting

When you first open a sample workbook in Excel, you may see two warnings.

  • The first says the workbook is in Protected View. Select Enable Editing.

  • The second says the workbook has external data connections. Select Enable Content.

Each workbook contains several sheets:

  • The Info tab provides information about obviEnce, the company that created the sample.

  • The other tabs are Power View sheets with the report visuals. You may need to enable the Power View add-in.

The workbook contains the actual data, but it's in the data model, not in worksheets.

See also

Sample datasets

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