Do you know the Power BI version control features?

Last updated by Manu Gulati [SSW] 19 days ago.See history

To follow best practices for version control for Power BI reports you must know about the following features:

The following video provides an overview of these features.

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At a high-level you can set up version control as follows. Click on the links to get more detailed instructions on Microsoft Learn.

  1. Convert all your Power BI reports to the PBIP format

    • First enable Power BI Projects in Power BI Desktop - File | Option Settings | Options | Preview features | Power BI project (.pbip) save option
    • Second "Save As" all your .pbix files as .pbip

    enable pbip format
    Figure: Enable PBIP format in Power BI Desktop

    save as pbip
    Figure: Convert all .pbix files to PBIP format

    • Converting reports to the PBIP format decomposes it into the following artifacts.
    • A Dataset folder, which contains files and folders representing a Power BI dataset
    • A Reports folder, which contains the report settings, metadata for custom visuals, etc.

    Figure: PBIP artifacts

  2. Commit the PBIP artifacts into a Git repository in an Azure DevOps project. Note, as of this writing Power BI's Git integration only works with Azure DevOps.

    Note: Once you convert the report Power BI Desktop will save a copy of the data into a file called cache.abf which gets stored in a ".pbi" folder inside the Dataset folder. This file should not be saved in version control. You can create a .gitignore file to prevent Git from committing it to the repository.

    Figure: cache.abf

    Figure: The .gitignore file

  3. Connect a workspace in Power BI Service with a branch in the Git repo in Azure DevOps
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