Get started with ArcGIS for Power BI

ArcGIS for Power BI is a custom data visualization in Microsoft Power BI that you can use to bring mapping capabilities to your reports and dashboards. ArcGIS for Power BI is included with Power BI and does not need to be added or installed.

Mapping capabilities

In ArcGIS for Power BI, you can visualize data on maps and do the following:

  • Accurately geoenable data.
  • Display data using smart map styles.
  • Make area-based selections.
  • Understand the demographics of areas of interest.

Once you finalize ArcGIS for Power BI map visualizations, you can publish your Power BI dashboards and reports that contain ArcGIS maps and share them with others.

Map creation

As a Contributor, you can create a map with your Power BI data or with content from ArcGIS and customize the map visualization. When you complete a report, you can share it with others. Viewers can view your reports in Reading view exactly the way you configured the data.

You can use ArcGIS for Power BI as a Standard user, or you can sign in to an ArcGIS account to access advanced functionality and content from ArcGIS and your organization.

When you first create a map in ArcGIS for Power BI, you must add location data to the map to activate the map visual. Drag a location field, such as a city or postal code, into the Location field well, or add latitude and longitude coordinates to the Latitude and Longitude field wells.

Map with Visualizations pane with Location, Latitude, and Longitude field wells


ArcGIS for Power BI converts location data into coordinates on a map most accurately when you convert addresses to a single location field. See Data preparation for more information.

When the map visual is active, the map tools appear on the map.

See the following topics to start working in ArcGIS for Power BI: