Frequently asked questions





What's included in ArcGIS for Power BI?

The following table shows what's included with the Standard and ArcGIS account types:


Turn on the power of maps. This is included with Power BI; there is no additional cost.

Access private ArcGIS content from ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise with your organizational subscription.

Access U.S. demographics from seven categories.

Access U.S. and global demographics.

Access publicly shared maps.

Access verified, ready-to-use data curated from authoritative sources, along with private content from your ArcGIS organization.

Map and view locations.

Map and view additional locations, up to 10,000 per map.

Perform spatial analysis, such as find similar, drive time, and so on.

Perform spatial analysis, such as find similar, drive time, and so on.

Create map visualizations using four basic basemaps.

Access all Esri basemaps along with your organization's basemaps, including custom basemaps.

For more information, see Account types.


I have shapefiles, GeoJSON files, and other geometries that I want to use in my maps in my Power BI reports. How do I do this?

ArcGIS for Power BI can import custom geometries from ArcGIS as reference layers. Reference layers can include points, lines, or polygons and can be used for visualization or as a selection tool to highlight and filter other visuals.

To use your files as reference layers, you must be able to create and share content from your ArcGIS account to ArcGIS Online. After you save your geometries to your ArcGIS organization as a feature layer, they are available in ArcGIS for Power BI.

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I see that Esri provides demographic data so I can better understand my Power BI data. What demographic information is available? Is it free?

Examples of demographic data

Esri provides 10 United States-based demographic reference layers at no charge. You also get more than 50 United States infographic variables that show you quick demographic statistics at no charge.

When you sign in using a valid ArcGIS account, you can access thousands more infographic variables from across the globe. Paid subscribers also have access to ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World, a browsable, ever-growing collection of layers from around the world that you can use in your maps.

When geocoding, is there a limit to the number of points that can be sent? If so, what is the limit? Is there a limit per day?

Yes. Geocoding limits are on a per-map basis. For details, see Account types.

I received an error when I tried to add a map, data, or a layer to my ArcGIS for Power BI map. Why?

ArcGIS for Power BI will not add content to a map for a few reasons: 1) It is possible the data you are trying to add does not contain location information (it is not mappable). See Prepare your data. 2) You might not have adequate permission to add that content—for example, if your user type, role, ArcGIS account, or organization settings do not allow you to add that content, or if the content is private and not shareable. Contact your system administrator about your permission settings if you have further questions.


I received a warning message when I tried to use ArcGIS for Power BI and my IT department is concerned. What is this about?

ArcGIS for Power BI is a third-party visual—meaning Microsoft didn't build it. As such, users must be aware that they are using a map visual that was built by Esri and that, depending on the functionality used, data may be sent to Esri for processing.

The ArcGIS for Power BIvisual was designed with user data and privacy in mind. Esri doesn't store user data from ArcGIS for Power BI and only the information necessary for geoprocessing is sent (not your entire dataset). See Security and compliance for additional information.

What data is sent between Power BI and ArcGIS? Is this data stored by Esri?

Only the data needed to geocode the address (that is, fields placed in the Location field well) are passed to Esri servers. This data is only used to generate the location information for the map and is not stored by Esri servers. For more information, see Data transfer.

Does Esri offer a service in which this data is not collected for internal use or shared with any partners?

As previously mentioned, Esri does not store this data and it is not shared. You can also use the latitude and longitude field wells to map your point data instead of using the Location field well. When using the latitude and longitude field wells, no data is passed to Esri for mapping. However, to use this workflow, you must perform the geocoding process in some other way.

Is my address list or search history ever shared for marketing purposes with any Esri partner?

No. Esri does not share address list or search history information from ArcGIS for Power BI for any purpose with anyone.

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