Connect Power BI to Databricks

Microsoft Power BI is a business analytics service that provides interactive visualizations with self-service business intelligence capabilities, enabling end users to create reports and dashboards by themselves without having to depend on information technology staff or database administrators.

When you use Databricks as a data source with Power BI, you can bring the advantages of Databricks performance and technology beyond data scientists and data engineers to all business users.

You can connect Power BI Desktop to your Databricks clusters and Databricks SQL warehouses.


  • Power BI Desktop 2.85.681.0 or above. Download the latest version. To use data managed by Unity Catalog with Power BI, you must use Power BI Desktop 2.98.683.0 or above (October 2021 release).


    Power BI Desktop requires Windows. An alternative for other operating systems is to run Power BI Desktop on a physical host or a Windows-based virtual machine and then connect to it from your operating system.

    If you use a version of Power BI Desktop below 2.85.681.0, you also need to install the Databricks ODBC driver in the same environment as Power BI Desktop.

Connect Power BI Desktop to Databricks using Partner Connect

You can use Partner Connect to connect to a cluster or SQL warehouse from Power BI Desktop in just a few clicks.

  1. Make sure your Databricks account, workspace, and the signed-in user meet the requirements for Partner Connect.

  2. In the sidebar, click Partner Connect button Partner Connect.

  3. Click the Power BI tile.

  4. In the Connect to partner dialog, for Compute, choose the name of the Databricks compute resource that you want to connect.

  5. Choose Download connection file.

  6. Open the downloaded connection file, which starts Power BI Desktop.

  7. In Power BI Desktop, enter your authentication credentials:

    • Personal Access Token: Enter your Databricks personal access token.

    • Username / Password: Not applicable.

    • Microsoft Entra ID: Not applicable.

  8. Click Connect.

  9. Select the Databricks data to query from the Power BI Navigator.

    Power BI Navigator

Connect Power BI Desktop to Databricks manually

Follow these instructions, depending on your chosen authentication method, to connect to a cluster or SQL warehouse with Power BI Desktop. Databricks SQL warehouses are recommended when using Power BI in DirectQuery mode.


To connect faster with Power BI Desktop, use Partner Connect.

  1. Get the Server Hostname and HTTP Path.

  2. Start Power BI Desktop.

  3. Click Get data or File > Get data.

  4. Click Get data to get started.

  5. Search for Databricks, then click the connector:

    • Azure Databricks


      Although the connector name is Azure Databricks, it works with Databricks on Google Cloud.

  6. Click Connect.

  7. Enter the Server Hostname and HTTP Path.

  8. Select your Data Connectivity mode. For information about the difference between Import and DirectQuery, see Use DirectQuery in Power BI Desktop.

  9. Click OK.

  10. Click your authentication method:

    • Personal Access Token: Enter your Databricks personal access token.

    • Username / Password: Not applicable.

    • Microsoft Entra ID: Not applicable.

  11. Click Connect.

  12. Select the Databricks data to query from the Power BI Navigator.

    Power BI Navigator

Using a custom SQL query

The Databricks connector provides the Databricks.Query data source that allows a user to provide a custom SQL query.

  1. Follow the steps described in Connect with Power BI Desktop to create a connection, using Import as the data connectivity mode.

  2. In the Navigator, right click the top-most item containing the selected host name and HTTP path and click Transform Data to open the Power Query Editor.

    Click Transform Data in the Navigator
  3. In the function bar, replace the function name Databricks.Catalogs with Databricks.Query and apply the change. This creates a Power Query function that takes a SQL query as parameter.

  4. Enter the desired SQL query in the parameter field and click Invoke. This executes the query and a new table is created with the query results as its contents.

Automated HTTP proxy detection

Power BI Desktop version 2.104.941.0 and above (May 2022 release) has built-in support for detecting Windows system-wide HTTP proxy configuration. Download the latest version.

Power BI Desktop can automatically detect and use your Windows system-wide HTTP proxy configuration.

If the proxy server does not provide a CRL distribution point (CDP), Power BI might show the following error message:

Details: "ODBC: ERROR [HY000] [Microsoft][DriverSupport] (1200)
-The revocation status of the certificate or one of the certificates in the certificate chain is unknown."

To fix this error, complete the following steps:

  1. Create the file C:\Program Files\Microsoft Power BI Desktop\bin\ODBC Drivers\Simba Spark ODBC Driver\microsoft.sparkodbc.ini if it does not exist.

  2. Add the following config to your microsoft.sparkodbc.ini file:


Power BI Delta Sharing connector

The Power BI Delta Sharing connector allows users to discover, analyze, and visualize datasets shared with them through the Delta Sharing open protocol. The protocol enables secure exchange of datasets across products and platforms by leveraging REST and cloud storage.

For connection instructions, see Power BI: Read shared data.


  • The Databricks connector supports web proxy. However, automatic proxy settings defined in .pac files aren’t supported.

  • In the Databricks connector, the Databricks.Query data source is not supported in combination with DirectQuery mode.

  • The data that the Delta Sharing connector loads must fit into the memory of your machine. To ensure this, the connector limits the number of imported rows to the Row Limit that was set earlier.

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