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 do the following:

  • Accurately present your data geographically.
  • Customize a map layout using smart mapping templates.
  • Make area-based selections.
  • Show feature information about active layers and attributes.
  • Understand the demographics of areas of interest.

Once you finalize how you want to visualize your ArcGIS for Power BI data, you can publish Power BI dashboards and reports that contain ArcGIS maps and share the content.

Create unique maps

You can create a map with your Power BI data, add context with layers from ArcGIS, and customize the final map visualization. You can also share it with your team, who can view your output exactly as you configured it.

You can use ArcGIS for Power BI as a guest user, or you can sign in to an ArcGIS account to access advanced mapping capabilities, geographic functionality, and a broader range of content from ArcGIS and your organization.

When you create a map in ArcGIS for Power BI, you must add location data 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: