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Creating app workspaces to share content with others in Power BI
Part five of a five-part series of blogs

You can package reports, datasets and dashboards into app workspaces, and share these with other people in your organisation and beyond (these used to be called content packs). This blog explains how to do this, and why you'll need Power BI Pro to do so.

  1. An introduction to app workspaces
  2. Creating an App Workspace
  3. Adding content to an app workspace
  4. Viewing a shared app workspace, and publishing apps
  5. How to import apps, whether created by your organisation or another company (this blog)

This blog is part of a longer series, which together comprise a full online training course in Power BI Service.  You can see get details of our classsrom Power BI training courses here.

Posted by Andy Brown on 03 July 2017

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Getting apps for your organisation or from other companies

As well as getting access to apps created within your organisation, you can get access to those published by other companies (such as Microsoft, Google and Salesforce).  First choose to get data:

Get data icon

Click on this icon at the bottom left of the screen to get data.


Choose an app source:

Choose an app source

Strangely, both of the two buttons shown seem to take you to the same place.

You can now view app workspaces that people in your company have created:

My organization

Click on My organization to see apps created within your company (in this case, the app we published in the previous part of this blog).



Alternatively, click on Apps to see external apps;

External apps

You can also use the dropdown shown above to filter the apps displayed.

Here's an example that you could choose:

Google Analytics

This will show reports showing how a website is faring.


You'll usually need to complete one ore more confirmation steps:

Signing in

You'll need to confirm what you want to do, and then (usually) sign in to the service, giving Power BI Service the right to view your data.

You'll wait a while ...

Importing data message

This message means what it says.

After a minute or so you can view all of the reports and datasets contained within this app - they will have been imported into your workspace:

Imported reports

Amazingly, you can now view your Google Analytics data within Power BI - and use this to create additional reports.


Very impressive!

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