5 minute read · June 23, 2022

Announcing Direct Connect from Power BI to Dremio

Tony Truong

Tony Truong · Senior Product Marketing Manager, Dremio

As organizations store more data in cloud data lakes, data teams must provide access to that data for technical and non-technical data consumers. The Dremio Open Data Lakehouse platform provides easy and direct access to the data lake without the need for complex ETL pipelines or data copies, and it connects with Microsoft Power BI to give data consumers at every level of the organization the power and freedom to explore a consistent and up-to-date view of their data. 

Previously, customers using Power BI  to connect to Dremio needed to use Power BI gateway, an application that enables connections to various on-premises data sources without having to move the data. Power BI gateway introduced several inefficiencies.  Administrators needed to add users and maintain multiple gateways which became a bottleneck for access to on-premises data sources. With this solution, all end users leveraged the administrator’s ID, and it was difficult to track queries at the individual level. Finally, the business accrued additional costs from Virtual Machines (VMs) dedicated to running Power BI Gateway. 

Dremio customers love the benefits they get using Power BI with Dremio, but they don’t like the costs and complexities associated with connecting them via Power BI gateway.

Today, we are pleased to announce an update to the Dremio connector for Power BI that allows customers to connect directly to Dremio without the need for an on-premises Power BI gateway. When users interact with a report, Power BI sends SQL queries to their Dremio cluster. The connector enables analysts to create lightning-fast reports directly on their data lakes without waiting for data imports or cache refreshes. 

Follow the steps below and connect Power BI to your Dremio cluster without an on-premise gateway.


Before we get started, you will need to ensure you have the following:

  • June 2022 version of Power BI or later
  • Dremio Cloud or Dremio Software 20.1+ cluster with encryption enabled on the client port

In this example, we will be connecting Power BI to your Dremio Software cluster.

  1. Launch Power BI Desktop
  2. Click the Get data option on the Home screen, or Get data from another source on the Home screen.

  1. In the Get Data dialog, search for Dremio, select Dremio Software, and click Connect.
  2. Enter your Dremio Server information. Set Encryption to Enabled
  1. Select DirectQuery as your Data Connectivity Mode. Select OK.
  2. You are now connected to your Dremio cluster and you can start creating your report.
  3. Once your report is ready to be shared, you can publish it to the Power BI service and use the report there, which will run live queries against your Dremio datasets. 
    • Navigate to Files > Publish > Publish to Power BI.
    • Select the destination. You may pick from a list of available workspaces to choose the desired one on which to publish. Select the workspace, and then click the Select button to publish.
  4. Login to your Power BI Service account from a web browser at https://app.powerbi.com/
  5. Navigate to Dataset, select the dataset you want to view, and click More Options
    • Select the Settings icon to enter your credentials
  6. Navigate to Data Source Credentials
    • Select Edit Credentials to authenticate

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For more information on how to connect Power BI to Dremio, please visit our docs page.

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