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ferrarirenan95
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Web Page source with Javascript

Hi community. How are you?

 

I have a web page built in JavaScript that generates an Excel database (with random name) by clicking on a button (no URL for this command). Is there any way to connect to this random database with PowerQuery and automate the process? (Access the base URL, click on the button, get the database)

 

I googled so many times but didn't find any helpful result.

 

Thank You!

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Greg_Deckler
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@ferrarirenan95 - That sounds very odd, not sure how that would work. I would think you would need to use Power Automate to click the button, somehow capture the random name that is generated and then feed that over to maybe the Power BI REST API to create a dataset or something.

 

Out of curiousity, why?


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Thanks for answering, @Greg_Deckler!

 

This file is part of one of my PowerBI projects, and i'd like to automate the process of extraction and connection to this source... get rid of the dailly manually action. Do you imagine any other solution to this?

 

Thank you again.

@ferrarirenan95 - To the best of my knowledge, Power Query cannot press a button on a web page. I would recommend changing your web page to act like a REST API where you could do something like this:

 

http://<domain>/<page>/?button=pressed

 

You could parse the query string and if this appears you kick off the same routine as if someone manually pressed the button. Maybe this could return JSON or ODATA or something that would have in the information the random Excel file name that was generated and its path. Then Power Query could parse this out and then create a connection to the file.

 

I'm still not clear on generating random Excel files but people do things.


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