Tag barcodes in Power BI Desktop for use in the mobile app

In Power BI Desktop, you can categorize data in a column, so Power BI Desktop knows how to treat values in visuals in a report. You can also categorize a column as Barcode. When you or your colleagues scan a barcode on a product with the Power BI app on the iPhone, you see any report that includes that barcode. When you open the report in the mobile app, Power BI automatically filters the report to data related to that barcode.

  1. In Power BI Desktop, switch to Data View.

  2. Select a column with barcode data. See the list of supported barcode formats below.

  3. On the Modeling tab, select Data Category > Barcode.

    Data category list

  4. In Report view, add this field to the visuals you want filtered by the barcode.

  5. Save the report and publish it to the Power BI service.

Now when you open the scanner on the Power BI app for iPhone and scan a barcode, you see this report in the list of reports. When you open the report, its visuals are filtered by the product barcode you scanned.

Supported barcode formats

These are the barcodes Power BI recognizes if you can tag them in a Power BI report:

  • UPCECode
  • Code39Code
  • A39Mod43Code
  • EAN13Code
  • EAN8Code
  • 93Code
  • 128Code
  • PDF417Code
  • Interleaved2of5Code
  • ITF14Code

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