A Complete Guide To Custom Power BI Visuals

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posted by Ngoc Anh
on Jun 22, 2017

The ability to customize Power BI visuals has become necessary for businesses as it gives users more flexibility to meet their reporting needs, whether it’s about data or design. There are two custom visual categories in the Office Store: Office store approved and Power BI certified. They are created by Microsoft and members of the Power BI community with Microsoft’s approval to make sure all functions are similar to the native visualizations included in Power BI. Here’s everything you need to know about customizing Power BI visuals.

Download custom visuals

You can select either “Power BI” or “Visualization” category from the Office Store. It will direct you to the Power BI custom visuals. Use the search box to find the name of custom visuals. Then select a custom visual and open its details page. Once you’re on this page, you can view screenshots, videos, detailed description and more.

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Select the Add button. It will direct you to the download page. You can also download a sample report which combines the custom visual and showcases its capabilities.

Add a custom visualization to a report

After downloading a custom visual template, the next step is to import it into your report.

For Power BI Service, follow the guide from this video below:

For Power BI Desktop, follow this step by step instructions:

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Using Developer Tools for creating custom visuals

NodeJS 4.0+ Required (5.0 or later recommended).

To create a custom visual, the first step is installing NodeJS. Then you need a trusted https server to enable a live preview of your visual. After that, it’s necessary to install an SSL certificate which allows visual assets to load in your web browser. Click this link to see the full tutorial. After creating, you can even publish custom visuals to the Office store and submit it for certification.

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