Connect to VSTS with Power BI Content Pack


You can gain insight and analyze the progress and quality of your project by connecting Power BI to the data collected and stored for VSTS.


We are deprecating the Power Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) Content Pack on November 15, 2017 primarily due to the negative impact it has had on VSTS accounts, including throttling end users access. Support will continue for all existing Power data sets based on the Content Pack. However, you won’t be able to create any new data sets.

The Analytics Marketplace extension and upcoming updates to the Power BI Desktop connector for VSTS are intended to replace and improve on the capabilities of the Content Pack. While the Analytics Marketplace extension currently supports Work Item Tracking data, we will update it to support additional data types including Tests, Build, Release and Version Control. In the interim, you can use VSTS REST APIs as an alternative to the Content Pack to report on these additional data types.

Authorize Power BI to access your account data

Your first step requires you to authorize Power BI to access your VSTS account. Choose between one of these two connection scenarios when connecting to Power BI:

  • Scenario #1: You use the same Azure Active Directory (AAD) account to log in to VSTS and Power BI.

  • Scenario #2: You use an MSA (Microsoft account/LiveID) to log in to VSTS or you use different AAD credentials to log into VSTS than you use to log into Power BI.

Scenario #1: Log in using AAD

  1. Open a web browser and go to

  2. Click Sign In in the upper right corner to log in to Power BI.

  3. In the lower left corner, click Get Data.


    If you don't have a Power BI account you can create one by entering your email address and click Use it free.

  4. Click Get under Services on the Get Data page.


  5. Select the VSTS connector and click Connect.

    VSTS connector

  6. Enter the names of the account and team whose data you want to connect to and click Next.


    For the Account, do not include (if the account is "" just enter "corpx").

    Enter the account and project(s)


    Wildcards are supported for the Project name. You can enter "*" for every project in the account or, if you had projects with these names "Test1", "Test2", "Test3", "App1", "App2" and enter "Test*" Power BI will retrieve data for the projects Test1, Test2 and Test3. However, you cannot enter something like "T*st".

  7. The next step specifies the authentication method. Only oAuth2 is supported. Click Sign In to continue.

    Login to VS VSTS with oAuth2


    You won't be able to connect if your account administrator disabled third party application access via OAuth. When enabled, it appears as follows on the Administration>Control panel>Settings page:

    Third-party oAuth enabled

    Contact your account administrator to determine if it needs to be enabled.

  8. Successful authorization displays the following authorization dialog which allows Power BI to retrieve data from your account. Scroll down to the bottom and click Accept.

    VS VSTS Authorization page

  9. Once Power BI is authorized, data will begin to load and you'll be presented with a loading screen until the data is complete. Depending on how much data there is, it may take a few minutes to as long as 30 minutes to complete the data load.

    At this point you can close your browser and come back to Power BI later. Power BI data refreshes every 24 hours by default. If you have a paid Power BI account, you can refresh the data as frequently as every hour.

Scenario #2: Log in when you use different credentials for VSTS and Power BI

If you are using a Microsoft Account or different AAD credentials than you use for Power BI, you will need to supply those credentials to VSTS to get access to the data. This can happen in one of two ways. Either, the connect experience will prompt you for the credentials or, if you access VSTS often, your browser may have your most recent credentials cached. If the cached credentials match the account you are connecting to, it will work seamlessly, however, this caching can be confusing if the last account/username you used isn't the one you need to enable Power BI to access the VSTS data. This can lead to Access Denied errors. If you are getting access denied errors without any prompt for credentials, then you should use In Private in IE or Incognito in Chrome to bypass the cache.

If your cached credentials work, you won't get prompted. If you don't have cached credentials, then you will be prompted to login to VSTS. If you are using a Microsoft account enter your credentials on the right hand side of the dialog. If you are using AAD credentials, click the Sign in with your work or school account link on the left hand side of the dialog.

VSTS Login page


There is a situation that can occur where Power BI will still try to use your cached credentials even though they are different than the credentials you used when logging onto Power BI. In this case, the VSTS Authorize dialog will still be displayed however, you'll be logged on as the wrong user. To correct this situation, do the following:

  • Click Sign out in the Authorize application page
  • Close the page and click Sign In again on the Power BI Configure VSTS dialog
  • You will then be prompted to enter your VSTS credentials and everything will work as normal.

To get started using Power BI and the Analytics service, make sure you have permissions required to access the Analytics service and then review the knowledge base of articles.

To understand the default reports available, see Create reports with data from using Power BI for VSTS.