Amazon Athena


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Item Description
Release State General Availability
Products Power BI (Datasets)
Power BI (Dataflows)
Authentication Types Supported DSN configuration
Organizational account


Capabilities supported

  • Import
  • DirectQuery

Connect to Amazon Athena

To connect to Athena data:

  1. Launch Power BI Desktop.

  2. In the Home tab, select Get Data.

  3. In the search box, enter Athena.

  4. Select Amazon Athena, and then select Connect.

    Select Amazon Athena

  5. On the Amazon Athena connection page, enter the following information:

    • For DSN, enter the name of the ODBC DSN that you want to use. For instructions on configuring your DSN, go to the ODBC driver documentation.
    • For Data Connectivity mode, choose a mode that's appropriate for your use case, following these general guidelines:
      • For smaller datasets, choose Import. When using import mode, Power BI works with Athena to import the contents of the entire dataset for use in your visualizations.
      • For larger datasets, choose DirectQuery. In DirectQuery mode, no data is downloaded to your workstation. While you create or interact with a visualization, Microsoft Power BI works with Athena to dynamically query the underlying data source so that you're always viewing current data. More information: Use DirectQuery in Power BI Desktop

    Enter connection information

  6. Select OK.

  7. At the prompt to configure data source authentication, select either Use Data Source Configuration or AAD Authentication. Enter any required sign-in information. Then select Connect.

    Choose an authentication method

    Your data catalog, databases, and tables appear in the Navigator dialog box.

    The Navigator dialog box shows your data

  8. In the Display Options pane, select the check box for the dataset that you want to use.

  9. If you want to transform the dataset before you import it, go to the bottom of the dialog box and select Transform Data. This selection opens the Power Query Editor so that you can filter and refine the set of data you want to use.

  10. Otherwise, select Load. After the load is complete, you can create visualizations like the one in the following image. If you selected DirectQuery, Power BI issues a query to Athena for the visualization that you requested.

    A sample data visualization