Get webpage data by providing examples

Getting data from a web page lets users easily extract data from web pages, and import that data into Power BI Desktop. Often however, data on Web pages aren't in tidy tables that are easy to extract. Getting data from such pages can be challenging, even if the data is structured and consistent.

There's a solution. With the Get Data from Web by example feature, you can essentially show Power BI Desktop which data you want to extract by providing one or more examples within the connector dialog. Power BI Desktop gathers other data on the page that match your examples. With this solution you can extract all sorts of data from Web pages, including data found in tables and other non-table data.

Get data from web by example

Prices in graphics are for example purposes only.

Using Get Data from Web by example

Select Get Data from the Home ribbon menu. In the dialog box that appears, select Other from the categories in the left pane, and then select Web. Select Connect to continue.

select Web from Get Data

In From Web, enter the URL of the Web page from which you'd like to extract data. In this article, we'll use the Microsoft Store Web page, and show how this connector works.

If you want to follow along, you can use the Microsoft Store URL that we use in this article:

https://www.microsoft.com/store/top-paid/games/xbox?category=classics

Web dialog

When you select OK, you're taken to the Navigator dialog box where any autodetected tables from the Web page are presented. In the case shown in the image below, no tables were found. Select Add table using examples to provide examples.

Navigator window

Add table using examples presents an interactive window where you can preview the content of the Web page. Enter sample values of the data you want to extract.

In this example, we'll extract the Name and Price for each of the games on the page. We can do that by specifying a couple of examples from the page for each column. As you enter examples, Power Query extracts data that fits the pattern of example entries using smart data extraction algorithms.

Screenshot shows data from the internet.

Note

Value suggestions only include values less than or equal to 128 characters in length.

Once you're happy with the data extracted from the Web page, select OK to go to Power Query Editor. You can apply more transformations or shape the data, such as combining this data with other data our sources.

Screenshot shows data extracted from the internet in the Power Query Editor.

From there, you can create visuals or otherwise use the Web page data when creating your Power BI Desktop reports.

Next steps

There are all sorts of data you can connect to using Power BI Desktop. For more information on data sources, check out the following resources: