Power Business Intelligence REST API

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Microsoft’s Power BI is an extremely helpful business intelligence tool that provides you with advanced analytics, extensive modeling, and other useful features. It has made business analysis efficient with intuitive services, and a user-friendly interface. REST API is a software architectural style that guides the design and development of the World Wide Web. 

In this blog, we’ll discuss what is REST API and ways to use it. So, let’s get started!

Brief about REST API

REST APIs offer a flexible way to integrate applications, allowing people to search for things. The results of the search are returned from where you initiated the request. The Headers in a REST API means authentication mode and content types. The Endpoint of an API is the URL to which you place requests. 

REST APIs can be used via many methods. However, POST and GET are the most important ones. The POST is used to share information and the GET method is used to collect the information. 

How to use Power BI REST APIs?

In order to the Power BI REST APIs, one needs to request an embed token. These embed tokens allow you to call the APIs and execute functions. Below are the ways to set up REST APIs Power BI Integration-

  • Via Power BI developer portal for integration

If you are using the Power BI developer portal for integration, you need to follow the following steps-

Register Power BI application.

Go to the Power BI Developer Portal and log in with your credentials. After signing in, your name will appear. Click Next and continue with the integration process. The next step is to register the application, give an application name, and pick the application type. 

Enter a Redirect URL, Home page URL. Then, you find API access permissions to define the app with. Give the read access to reading reports, databases, and dashboards. Click the Register button. The application will be created, and you will receive an app secret along with the app key.

Authorize the user and generate the access token.

The next step is to authorize the user. Retrieve the Access token for the application ID. Allow the user to sign in to the app. Before this, you need to create a sign-in URL. Just paste this URL into the browser and enter. A dialog box will appear. Click Accept to continue with the process.

Generating the access token

After you have obtained the code, you need to generate the access token. Call an endpoint for the REST APIs. When you call the endpoint, the results will be returned. This access token is what you need while calling the Power BI REST API. 

A list of reports and a list of datasets appear.

The next step is to call the Power REST API and gather details as required. To call an endpoint, you will pass the Access Token as a way to authorize in the header of getting request. Likewise, you can try to collect the list of all datasets available in the workspace. 

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