Azure Synapse Analytics workspace (Beta)


Item Description
Release State Beta
Products Power BI (Semantic models)
Power BI (Dataflows)
Fabric (Dataflow Gen2)
Authentication Types Supported Organizational account


This Azure Synapse Analytics workspace connector doesn't replace the Azure Synapse Analytics (SQL DW) connector. This connector makes exploring data in Synapse workspaces more accessible. Some capabilities aren't present in this connector, including native query and DirectQuery support.


This connector supports access to all data in your Synapse workspace, including Synapse Serverless, Synapse on-demand, and Spark tables.


Before you can sign in to Synapse workspaces, you must have access to Azure Synapse Analytics Workspace.

Capabilities Supported

  • Import

Connect to Synapse workspace data from Power Query Desktop

To connect to Synapse workspace data:

  1. Select Get Data from the Home ribbon in Power BI Desktop. Select Azure Synapse Analytics workspace (Beta). Then select Connect.

    Get Data from Synapse Workspaces.

  2. If this is the first time you are connecting to this workspace, you'll be asked to sign in to your Synapse account. To sign in, select Sign in.

    Authentication dialog box with sign-in button for your organizational account.

  3. In the Sign in with Microsoft window that appears, provide your credentials to sign in to your Synapse account. Then select Next.

  4. Once you've successfully signed in, select Connect.

Once the connection is established, you’ll see a list of the workspaces you have access to. Drill through the workspaces, databases, and tables.

You can Load the selected table, which brings the entire table into Power BI Desktop, or you can select Transform Data to edit the query, which opens the Power Query editor. You can then filter and refine the set of data you want to use, and then load that refined set of data into Power BI Desktop.


I don't see my Synapse workspace in the connector

The Synapse connector is using Azure role-based access control (RBAC) to find the Synapse workspaces you have access to.

If your access is only defined in Synapse RBAC, you might not see the workspace.

Make sure your access is defined by Azure RBAC to ensure all Synapse workspaces are displayed.