Power BI Custom Visuals

In this Microsoft Power BI Tutorial, We will discuss what are Custom Visuals in Power BI, How we can create Custom Visuals in Power BI.

Also, We will see what are the various ways by using you can import the Custom Visuals into the Power BI Report and how we can use all Custom Visuals in Power BI.

What is Power BI Custom Visuals?

Power BI Custom visuals are some diagrammatical or visualization charts which contain some code with security or privacy risks. You can create a custom visual and package with .pbiviz file which you can import into your Power BI Report.

In your Organization, if you want to use more visuals instead of those which are present in the Visualization pane, then you can import the custom visuals and use it.

Different ways to import the Custom Visual into Power BI Report

There are three different ways present to import the custom visuals into Power BI Report. These three ways are:

  • Import a Custom Visual from a File
  • Import a Custom Visual from the market place
  • Import Custom Visuals from Microsoft AppSource

Import a Custom Visual from a File

In the Visualization Pane, If you want to import a Custom Visual from a File, then you have to follow the below processes:

First of all, Open your Microsoft Power BI Desktop and go to the Visualization pane. Select the (3 dots) from the bottom of the Visualization pane as shown below.

If you will hover on the (3 dots) symbol, then the name of the symbol will display as Import a custom visual.

Import a Custom Visual from a File
Import a Custom Visual from a File

Once you will click on the symbol, you can see there are three types of options present in the drop-down. Select Import from file option from the drop-down.

Import a Custom Visual from a File in Power BI
Import a Custom Visual from a File in Power BI

When you will click on Import from file option, at the same time one dialogue box will appear as like the below screenshot.

It is saying that “Custom visuals aren’t provided by Microsoft and could contain security or privacy risks. Only import a custom visual if you trust its author and source“‘. Just click on Import.

Also, If you don’t want to see this same dialog again, then just check the box as “Don’t show this dialog again” like the below screenshot.

Power BI Import a Custom Visual from a File
Power BI Import a Custom Visual from a File

When you will click on Import, it will ask you to open a file from your local system whose extension will be “.pbiviz“.

Here in the below screenshot, I have downloaded the visual whose name is Tachometer with extension as “.pbiviz”. Just I have chosen that and clicked on Open as like the below screenshot.

 Import a Custom Visual from File
Import a Custom Visual from File

Once you will click on Open, then you can get a message as “The visual was successfully imported into this report“.

Import a Custom Visual from File in Power BI
Import a Custom Visual from File in Power BI

Once you will refresh the Power BI Desktop page, You can see that the new custom visual (Tachometer) will be present at the bottom of the Visualization pane as shown below.

Power BI Import a Custom Visual from File
Power BI Import a Custom Visual from File

Import a Custom Visual from the market place

In the Visualization Pane, If you want to import a Custom Visual from the marketplace, then you have to follow the below processes:

First of all, Open your Microsoft Power BI Desktop and go to the Visualization pane. Select the (3 dots) from the bottom of the Visualization pane as shown below.

If you will hover on the (3 dots) symbol, then the name of the symbol will display as Import a custom visual.

Import a Custom Visual from the market place
Import a Custom Visual from the market place

Once you will click on the symbol, you can see there are three types of options present in the drop-down. Select Import from marketplace option from the drop-down.

Import a Custom Visual from the market place in Power BI
Import a Custom Visual from the market place in Power BI

Now you can see all the Power BI custom visuals as shown below. In the Power BI Visuals, Select MARKETPLACE from the top of the Tab menu. Here, you can directly add the Custom visual from the Power BI Visuals.

Power BI Import a Custom Visual from the market place
Power BI Import a Custom Visual from the market place

Select one Custom visuals from the Market place as per your requirement where I have selected Infographic Designer for my requirement. Once you will select the visual, Just add it using the Add option as shown below.

Import a Custom Visual from market place
Import a Custom Visual from market place

Also, you can view the Description and all the Reviews about the custom visual as like below screenshot.

Power BI Import Custom Visual from market place
Power BI Import Custom Visual from market place

Once you will click on Add, then you can get a message as “The visual was successfully imported into this report“.

Import a Custom Visual from market place in Power BI
Import a Custom Visual from market place in Power BI

Once you will refresh the Power BI Desktop page, You can see that the new custom visual (Infographic Designer) will be present at the bottom of the Visualization pane as shown below.

Power BI Import a Custom Visual from market place
Power BI Import a Custom Visual from market place

Import Custom Visuals from Microsoft AppSource

There are two options for importing the Custom visuals as:

  • Import custom visuals from within Power BI (Also known as, Import a Custom Visual from the market place)
  • Import custom visuals from Microsoft AppSource

Before importing these two custom visuals, You need to download it first.

As in the above, I have explained the importation of Custom visuals from the market place. Now we will see how we can import Custom visuals from the Microsoft AppSource.

To import the Custom Visuals from Microsoft AppSource, At first, Click on the below link to open the App:

Microsoft AppSource

Once you will click on the above Microsoft AppSource link, then the below screenshot will open. On that page, Just select the Apps tab which is present on the top of the page.

Import Custom Visuals from Microsoft AppSource
Import Custom Visuals from Microsoft AppSource

Hence we are looking for Power BI visuals, So go to the Apps page to view all the apps in each category and Power BI Apps. In that Apps page, Select Power BI visuals option which is present in the left navigation under the Products section.

Download Custom Visuals from Microsoft AppSource
Download Custom Visuals from Microsoft AppSource

On the AppSource page, It will display different types of custom which will be represented as tiles as below screenshot. Select your custom visual as per your requirement whereas I have selected Impact Bubble Chart.

 Power BI Download Custom Visuals from Microsoft AppSource
Power BI Download Custom Visuals from Microsoft AppSource

Once I have selected Impact Bubble Chart, It appeared like the below screenshot. On that screen, You can view the description and all reviews of that Custom visual and get a download link.

To download the custom visual and then agree to the Terms of use, Simply click on GET IT NOW to which is present in the left navigation.

Download Custom Visuals from Microsoft AppSource in Power BI
Download Custom Visuals from Microsoft AppSource in Power BI

Once you will click on the GET IT NOW, It will ask you to agree on the Microsoft terms of use and privacy policy as shown below. Just click on Continue.

Import and download Custom Visuals from Microsoft AppSource
Import and download Custom Visuals from Microsoft AppSource

Now on the next page, you can select the link to download the custom visual (Impact Bubble Chart) by using Download for Power BI as like below screenshot.

In this Power BI Download page, you can get all the instructions that how you can import the Custom visual into Power BI Desktop and the Power BI service.

Import Custom Visuals from Microsoft AppSource in Power BI
Import Custom Visuals from Microsoft AppSource in Power BI

Also, you can download a sample report which is having the custom visual. To download the sample, Just click on sample report.

After downloading the sample report, Just save the .pbiviz file and then open Power BI Desktop. Now you can import the .pbiviz file into your report.

Import and download Custom Visuals from Microsoft AppSource in Power BI
Import and download Custom Visuals from Microsoft AppSource in Power BI

Once you will import the custom visual (Impact Bubble Chart) into the Power BI Report, it is appearing like the below screenshot.

Power BI Import Custom Visuals from Microsoft AppSource
Power BI Import Custom Visuals from Microsoft AppSource

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Hence in this Microsoft Power BI Tutorial, We discussed what are Custom Visuals in Power BI, How we can create Custom Visuals in Power BI.

Also, we saw what are the various ways by using you can import the Custom Visuals into the Power BI Report and how we can use all Custom Visuals in Power BI.

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