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ArcGIS for Power BI Licensing

ArcGIS for Power BI works with Power BI Desktop and service and all three versions—free, Pro, and Premium. All Power BI users can access it as a standard user at no cost. If you would like to unlock additional mapping and analysis capabilities, you'll need an ArcGIS login. A Creator user type not only provides more features but also gives you complete access to ArcGIS Online, Esri's flagship cloud-based mapping software, and the add-on applications that come with it. Use the table below to find the difference between the two user types.

Licensing information



Standard user


Creator user type

(Includes all standard user features and additional capabilities listed below)


Choose from four Esri basemaps

Choose from more than 12 Esri basemaps plus your ArcGIS organization basemaps


Add up to 3,500 points per map; 10,000 per month limit

Add up to 10,000 points per map; no monthly limits

Premium Data

- Limited US demographic and geographic data
- Add up to three layers of data on a map

- Global demographic and geographic data and your ArcGIS organization content
- Add multiple layers of data on a map

Share reports with maps

Share reports with Esri maps through your workspace or as PBIX files

Share reports with Esri maps using Embedded and Publish to web features

Esri's mapping applications

Make maps with Esri technology in Power BI

Make maps and perform advanced spatial analysis in ArcGIS Online and 12 unique add-on apps

Anyone can view publicly shared Power BI reports with ArcGIS maps. To view privately shared reports with confidential ArcGIS content, you can use any ArcGIS user type license.

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