Power BI AppSource visual license models

When you buy a custom visual from AppSource, there are several business and licensing models (pricing, free trials etc.) available. Some visuals have free trial versions, while others have a basic version available for free with extra functionality available for purchase.

Note

Licensed visuals are supported from the July 2022 desktop.

No license or partial license

If you try to render an unlicensed visual or a visual that you only have a partial license for, you may see one of the following icons:

  • If you have an unlicensed visual in your report, the visual will render with an icon in the corner. Hover over the icon for a link to that visual on AppSource.com.

    Screenshot showing an unlicensed custom visual with the unlicensed user icon in the corner.

  • If you have a free version of the visual, a banner will appear with a link to upgrade your license. This banner will disappear after a while.

    Screenshot showing a banner offering to upgrade the visual license.

  • If you try using a feature in the visual that you don't have a license to use, a banner will appear with a link to upgrade your license.

    Screenshot showing a banner offering to upgrade the license.

  • If you have an unlicensed visual in your report, the visual won't render, and a button will appear enabling you to get a license or contact the report owner.

    Screenshot showing a button for getting a license or contacting owner.

Unsupported environment

If your report or dashboard contains a visual that isn't supported in your environment, the visual won't render and a notification will appear.

Screenshot showing notification of an unsupported environment.

For a list of unsupported environments see limitations.

Solution

Select Upgrade visual to go to the AppSource page where you can buy the license or upgrade to the paid version.

After you purchase and assign the license, it can take up to an hour for the license to be recognized. Wait one hour and then refresh your Power BI session (restart Desktop or refresh your web browser).

Considerations and limitations

Currently, the following Power BI environments don't support license management or license enforcement:

  • Embedded - Publish To Web, PaaS embed
  • National clouds (Depends on general support for transactability in national clouds)
  • RS Server (No planned support)
  • Exporting (PDF\PPT) using REST API

Next steps

Import a Power BI visual