Wednesday, February 28, 2024

How to embed a dashboard from Power BI into your application

Embedding a Power BI dashboard into your application allows you to seamlessly integrate interactive data visualizations and insights from Power BI into your own software. You can achieve this by following these steps:

  1. Register Your Application with Azure AD:

    • Before embedding Power BI content, you need to register your application with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). This registration provides your application with the necessary credentials and permissions to access Power BI resources.
    • Go to the Azure portal ( and navigate to Azure Active Directory.
    • Register your application and note down the Application ID and Tenant ID.
  2. Obtain Embedding Credentials:

    • Generate an Application Secret or Client Secret for your registered application. This secret will be used to authenticate your application when accessing Power BI resources.
    • Ensure that your application has appropriate permissions to access Power BI content. You may need to assign the necessary Power BI API permissions to your application in Azure AD.
  3. Embed the Dashboard in Your Application:

    • Choose the appropriate embedding approach based on your application's architecture and requirements:
      • User Owns Data: If users accessing your application also have Power BI Pro licenses and own the data, you can use user owns data embedding. This approach requires user authentication and grants access to their own Power BI content.
      • App Owns Data: If your application needs to display Power BI content to users who may not have Power BI licenses or direct access to the data, you can use app owns data embedding. This approach requires application-level authentication and grants access to specific Power BI content.
    • Use Power BI Embedded SDKs or REST APIs to embed the dashboard into your application. These SDKs and APIs provide methods for embedding Power BI content programmatically and handling authentication, authorization, and interactions with embedded reports and dashboards.
    • Follow the documentation and samples provided by Microsoft for your chosen embedding approach and platform (e.g., .NET, JavaScript, etc.) to implement the embedding functionality in your application.
    • Customize the embedding experience as needed, such as configuring filters, setting display options, or handling events from embedded Power BI content.
  4. Test and Deploy:

    • Test the embedded dashboard functionality thoroughly to ensure that it works as expected in your application environment.
    • Deploy your application with embedded Power BI content to your production environment, following best practices for security, performance, and scalability.
  5. Monitor and Maintain:

    • Monitor the usage and performance of embedded Power BI content in your application.
    • Keep your application and Power BI integration up-to-date with the latest SDKs, APIs, and security patches.
    • Handle any errors or issues that may arise during runtime, such as authentication failures or data loading errors.

By following these steps, you can successfully embed a Power BI dashboard into your application, enriching it with powerful data visualizations and insights from Power BI.

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