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Resolver I
Resolver I

want to connect to subfolders in datalake gen 2 in power bi desktop

I am having sub folders in azure datalake gen 2 as shown 


The path is openair / prod / all_files_from_sftp_server


Now i want to access files of the last subfolder ( all_files_from_sftp_server) in power bi desktop . I am trying to use CDM folder view (beta) option 


I am able to navigate through the subfolders but no files are showing . 


can anybodey help me to access the files from subfolders ?

New Member


Were you able to get data from subfolder?

hi @Awachit ,

You can acces the data from sub folders only if you make that container a CDM means Common Data Model Functionality.  To do that you should have a model.json file inside the container . It is not easy to create a model.json file for a very large number of tables so i used another approach. I configured my workspace in Power bi service with azure data lake rather then generic data lake, then i created a data flow inside the same workspace. Now, whenever a dataflow will be refreshed it will create a model.json files inside the container alongwith the data snapshots. This is the only way you can do if you are not having a model.json file. 


If you come to know about any tool or script through which you can create model.json file then please let me know 

Resolver I
Resolver I

hi @amitchandak ,

thanks fro the reply. My last subfolder is all_files_from_sftp_server and it is containg 56 csv files so when selecting this folders all the files should be doiaplayed in the preview but nothing is displaying in the preview Please see the attached gif PowerBi_adlsgen2.gif

Super User
Super User

@Amar-Agnihotri , Using that down allow, open, and check are there more sub folders?

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