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Dynamics 365 text values of option sets in Power BI/ Excel

After long investigation (thanks to fiddler network sniffing)  I found a way, to displays the text values (not the numer) of option sets in Power Query:



OData.Feed("", null, [Implementation="2.0"]),


OData.Feed("", null, [Implementation="2.0", IncludeAnnotations="OData.Community.Display.V1.FormattedValue"]),


This will load the values from the OData endpoint as MetaData.


After that you can add them as new custom column. 

Example for the statuscode field

Name of column: statuscode_meta

Formula: = Value.Metadata([statuscode])[OData.Community.Display.V1.FormattedValue]


I tested this with excel and there it worked fine. 


Technical background:

IncludeAnnotations="OData.Community.Display.V1.FormattedValue"] is createing the header

Prefer: odata.include-annotations="OData.Community.Display.V1.FormattedValue"


With this header, the D365 API returns the text value from the option set. See


With the Value.Metadata() function, you can create a custom column with the text value. 


I tested this with Excel Power Query, but it should work with Power BI as well.

Have fun 🙂


This works also with related entities. 

Advocate I
Advocate I

Excellent Solution!! Thanks so much!

Frequent Visitor

I think this method may be out of date as it did not do anything for me (Sept 2022).  For anyone having similar difficulties, this is what I did:


Source = Json.Document(Web.Contents(ServiceRootURL & "/EntityDefinitions(LogicalName='prefix_mytable')/Attributes(LogicalName='prefix_myattribute')/Microsoft.Dynamics.CRM.PicklistAttributeMetadata?$select=LogicalName&$expand=OptionSet($select=Options)"))


You'll need to create the parameter ServiceRootURL to hold  the   part.


To easily generate the code you need, try XRMToolBox->Power Query (M) Builder and look under the OptionSets tab.  Made my life so much simpler!


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Hi @MatthiasMoritz


That helped me a lot, thanks!


But I can't load the data of all columns as I get an error message because not every field is mandatory. They are blank by default and in some cases no value of an option set needs to be chosen. 




Do you have an idea?



Hi Jessica,

try this:

 = if [statuscode] = null then null else Value.Metadata([statuscode])[OData.Community.Display.V1.FormattedValue]

Best Matthias

perfect and quick solution - Thanks a lot!

Community Support
Community Support

Hi, @MatthiasMoritz 


It should be the same result. Are there any different steps applied to Power Query in Power BI? You may try to update Power BI Desktop to the latest version to see if it helps.


Best Regards



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