All Power BI users have direct access to the core ArcGIS Maps for Power BI visual and its robust, easy-to-use mapping functionality. Basic functionality is available for free, including advanced data visualization, basic spatial analysis, and contextual demographic content. Upgrading to a paid monthly Plus subscription allows you to add enhanced content and capabilities, including higher geocoding limits, more basemaps, global demographics, and access to the Esri Living Atlas maps and layers to use as reference layers.
Maps that contain premium content are visible only to Plus users.
What you get
ArcGIS Maps for Power BI offers two user levels:
- Power BI user: Standard features included with the core ArcGIS Maps for Power BI visual. It provides basic functionality and limited geocoding capabilities.
- Plus subscriber: Monthly paid subscription. This level gives you access to more basemaps, Living Atlas maps and layers, global demographics, and increased geocoding limits.
The following table outlines the different features available to each user level. The sections below provide additional information about each feature.
|Included with Power BI||With a Plus subscription|
4 basic basemaps
4 basic basemaps and 8 others, including satellite imagery
1,500 locations per map
5,000 locations per map
100,000 locations per month
1 million locations per month
10 reference layers that contain U.S. demographics
Access to Esri Living Atlas maps and layers (feature services)
Publicly shared feature layers on ArcGIS
Publicly shared feature layers on ArcGIS
Curated gallery of U.S. demographics variables (7 categories)
Full access to the ArcGIS GeoEnrichment data browser, including U.S. and global demographics variables
A basemap provides a background, or visual context, for the data in a map. For example, a basemap showing streets can provide context for your address data.
- Power BI users—With the ArcGIS Maps for Power BI visualization included with Power BI, you get four basic basemaps: Dark Gray Canvas, Light Gray Canvas, OpenStreetMap, and Streets.
- Plus subscribers—With a Plus subscription, you get the four basic basemaps (Dark Gray Canvas, Light Gray Canvas, OpenStreetMap, and Streets) plus eight additional ones: Imagery, Imagery with Labels/Imagery Hybrid, National Geographic, Oceans, Terrain with Labels, Topographic, USA Topo Maps, and USGS National Map.
Geocoding is the process of transforming a description of a location (such as an address, or the name of a place) to a location on the earth's surface. Depending on your user level, you can perform this process a different number of times.
- Power BI users—With the ArcGIS Maps for Power BI visualization included with Power BI, users can add up to 1,500 locations to each map and geocode up to 100,000 locations per month.
- Plus subscribers—With a Plus subscription, you can add up to 5,000 locations to each map and geocode up to 1 million locations per month.
A reference layer provides context for the data you're already displaying. For example, a reference layer can include demographic data, such as household income, age, or education.
- Power BI users—With the ArcGIS Maps for Power BI visualization included with Power BI, users can access 10 reference layers that provide United States demographic data, such as average household income, diversity index, and population density, among others.
- Plus subscribers—In addition to the 10 standard reference layers, a Plus subscription allows you to browse the Esri Living Atlas and choose from a multitude of reference layers relevant to your area of interest.
ArcGIS Maps for Power BI currently supports only reference layers that are feature services.
Adding infographics cards to your map provides contextual information about the area you are viewing on the map. ArcGIS Maps for Power BI provides a wide selection of demographic categories from which you can choose; different variables are available depending on your user level.
- Power BI users—With the ArcGIS Maps for Power BI visualization included with Power BI, users have access to limited United States demographic variables, including population, age, income, home ownership, presence of children, total education attainment, and marital status.
- Plus subscribers—A Plus subscription gives you access to a wide range of U.S. and global demographic variables.
When an ArcGIS Maps for Power BI visualization contains premium content authored by a subscribed Plus user, that content is visible only to other subscribed Plus users. If you're not signed in to a Plus account, you'll see a message on the map indicating that it contains premium content. Sign up for a Plus subscription to view the map.