Embed Power BI paginated reports

With Power BI embedded analytics, you can create Power BI content that displays paginated reports in a fully integrated and interactive application. Embed paginated reports using the solution that works best for you, embed for your customers or embed for your organization.

This article describes how to embed paginated reports using the embedding sample tutorials.


To get started, you need:

If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.


To embed a paginated report using the sample app, follow these steps:

  1. Create a workspace.

  2. Create a capacity.

  3. Assign a workspace to a capacity.

  4. Create and upload your paginated report.

  5. Embed content using the sample application.

Step 1 - Create a workspace

As you're using a service principal to sign into your application, you need to create a workspace.

Your service principal must also be an admin or member of the Power BI workspaces.

Step 2 - Create a capacity

Before you import or upload a paginated report to embed, you must assign the workspace containing the report to a capacity. There are two types of capacity you can choose from:

The following table describes the resources and limits of each SKU. To determine which capacity best fits your needs, see the which SKU should I purchase for my scenario table.

Capacity Nodes V-cores RAM (GB)
EM1/A1 1 2.5
EM2/A2 2 5
EM3/A3 4 10
P1/A4 8 25
P2/A5 16 50
P3/A6 32 100

Step 3 - Assign a workspace to a capacity

Once you create a capacity, assign your app workspace to that capacity.

To assign a capacity to a workspace using a service principal, work with the Power BI REST API. When you're using the Power BI REST APIs, make sure to work with the service principal object ID.


You can also import paginated reports into a workspace using the Power BI REST APIs.

Step 4 - Create and upload your paginated report

You can create your paginated report using Power BI Report Builder, and then upload the report to the service.


The person who uploads the paginated report needs a Power BI Pro or Premium Per User (PPU) license to publish to a workspace.

Step 5 - Embed content using the sample application

Follow the steps in the embed content for your customers tutorial. Skip Step 4 - Create and publish a Power BI report and work with the paginated report you uploaded, instead of the sample report suggested in the tutorial.

For more information on embedding tokens, see Embedded analytics access tokens.

Considerations and limitations

  • For a full list of supported datasets and their authentication methods, see Supported data sources for Power BI paginated reports.
  • You must use a service principal. You can't have a master user.
  • You can't work with a Premium Per User (PPU).
  • When you embed a paginated report with a Power BI semantic model, two conditions apply:
    • The paginated report and the Power BI semantic model must reside in a Premium per capacity or Embedded workspace (they can reside in two different workspaces).
    • The person who generates the embed token must have Write permissions in the workspaces of both the report and the semantic model.
  • You can't currently embed a paginated report connected to Azure Analysis Services with single sign-on (SSO) enabled.
  • Paginated reports don't support client-side events (like loaded or rendered).
  • Embedding paginated reports with a real-time dataset (push dataset) is not supported.