Power BI Free vs Pro

Every user within Power BI is either Free or Pro. It is helpful to understand the differences between these two types of users.

All users in the service are either Free or Pro. The main difference between a Free or Pro user is centered around sharing and collaboration. Only Pro users can publish content to app workspaces, consume apps without Premium capacity, share dashboards and subscribe to dashboards and reports. Free users can now connect to all data sources through all connectivity options such as DirectQuery, live connection and the use of the data gateway.

If an app is published, and the app workspace it is for is assigned to Premium capacity, Free users can consume those apps.

Free vs Pro comparison

Here is a list of features supported by user type.

Free Pro
Connect to 70+ data sources Feature available Feature available
Publish to Web Feature available Feature available
Peer-to-peer sharing Feature not available Feature available
Export to PowerPoint, Excel, CSV Feature available Feature available
Enterprise distribution
Apps Feature not available Feature available
Email subscriptions Feature not available Feature available
Embed APIs and controls Feature not available Feature available
Collaboration
App workspaces Feature not available Feature available
Analyze in Excel, analyze in Power BI Desktop Feature not available Feature available

Next steps

If you are interested in learning more about Power BI Premium, see Power BI Premium - what is it?.

To get started with Power BI by signing up, see Signing up for Power BI as an individual.

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