Import a Power BI visual

Power BI comes with many out-of-the-box visuals that are available in the visualization pane of both Power BI Desktop and Power BI service.

Many more Power BI visuals are available from the Microsoft AppSource or through Power BI. These visuals are created by Microsoft and Microsoft partners, and are validated by the AppSource validation team.

You can also develop your own Power BI visual, or get one from a trusted friend or coworker.

If you download or receive a Power BI visual, it has to be imported to the visualization pane before it can be used for creating and editing Power BI content.

Import a Power BI visual directly from AppSource

To import a Power BI visual directly from AppSource, follow these steps:

  1. Open your report in Power BI Desktop or Power BI service.

  2. Select the ellipsis from the visualizations pane.

    Screenshot of visualization pane ellipsis.

  3. Select Get more visuals from the menu.

    Screenshot of get more visuals.

  4. Navigate to the visual you want to import and select Add.

  5. When the visual has successfully imported, select OK.

    Screenshot of successful import.

  6. The visual now appears as a new icon in the visualizations pane of the current report. Select it to create the visual on the report canvas.

    Screenshot of new imported visualization pane.

  7. If you want the visual to remain on the visualization pane for all reports right-click on it and select Pin to visualization pane.

Import a visual file from your local computer into Power BI

To import a Power BI visual (*.pbiviz file) that has been downloaded to your local computer, follow these steps:

  1. Open your report in Power BI Desktop or Power BI service.

  2. Select the ellipsis from the visualizations pane.

    Screenshot of visualization pane ellipsis.

  3. Select Import a visual from a file from the menu.

    Screenshot of import from a file.

  4. If you get a message cautioning you about importing custom files, select Import if you trust the source of the file.

    Screenshot of caution: import custom visual.

  5. Navigate to the folder that has the custom visual file (*.pbiviz) and open it.

  6. When the visual has successfully imported, select OK.

    Screenshot of successful import.

  7. The visual now appears as a new icon in the visualizations pane of the current report. Select it to create the visual on the report canvas.

    Screenshot of new imported visualization pane.

  8. If you want the visual to remain on the visualization pane for all reports right-click on it and select Pin to visualization pane.

Next steps

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