Release State: General Availability
Products: Power BI Desktop, Power BI Service (Enterprise Gateway), Dataflows in PowerBI.com (Enterprise Gateway), Dataflows in PowerApps.com (Enterprise Gateway), Excel
Load from XML
Load from file
To load a local XML file, all you need to do is select the XML option in the connector selection. This action will launch a local file browser and allow you to select your XML file.
You'll be presented with the table that the connector loads, which you can then Load or Transform.
Load from web
If you want to load an XML file from the web, instead of selecting the XML connector you can select the Web connector. Paste in the address of the desired file and you'll be prompted with an authentication selection, since you're accessing a website instead of a static file. If there's no authentication, you can just select Anonymous. As in the local case, you'll then be presented with the table that the connector loads by default, which you can Load or Transform.
Due to the fact that many XML documents have ragged or nested data, you may have to do extra data shaping to get it in the sort of form that will make it convenient to do analytics. This holds true whether you use the UI accessible
Xml.Tables function, or the
Xml.Document function. Depending on your needs, you may find you have to do more or less data shaping.
Text versus nodes
If your document contains a mixture of text and non-text sibling nodes, you may encounter issues.
For example if you have a node like this:
<abc> Hello <i>world</i> </abc>
Xml.Tables will return the "world" portion but ignore "Hello". Only the element(s) are returned, not the text. However,
Xml.Document will return "Hello <i>world</i>". The entire inner node is turned to text, and structure isn't preserved.