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Advocate III

Can't export Semanatic model to Power BI Desktop format

I'm trying to download a semantic model (which i do regularly0 and suddenly today am receiving the message:
"Can't export to Power BI Desktop format
We couldn't export to .pbix format"



Anyone else having this issue - I assume its related to a new deployment of code in the service? The export is done as below



Community Support
Community Support

Hi @Kletzy ,
@lbendlin Very good thinking, here are the details I need to add.
Based on your description and the error screenshot, I searched for documentation on the problem. Based on what I've learned and searched for, with the following is what you might be causing you to not be able to download it:
1.Downloading a .pbix file after deployment isn't supported as part of the deployment pipeline, so you need to confirm if this semantic model has been recently used as part of a pipeline.
Semantic models modified by using the XMLA endpoint can't be downloaded to a .pbix file.
3.If the size of the pbix file is larger than 1GB, it also cannot be dowloaded.

4.Semantic models with automatic aggregations enabled can't be downloaded to a .pbix file. You must disable automatic aggregations training in the semantic model settings and delete the aggregations tables by selecting the checkbox Delete automatic aggregations tables.
Detail steps:

1.In semantic model Settings, expand Scheduled refresh and performance optimization.
2.Switch Automatic aggregations training to Off
Choose the box to deleate




For more details about the limitations of download pbix from sematic model  in power bi service, you can refer to these documents
Download a report from the Power BI service to Power BI Desktop - Power BI | Microsoft Learn

Best regards

Albert He


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Super User
Super User

There are a number of scenarios that will prevent the download of the PBIX.  Have you changed to Large Storage Format recently?

Thank you for your reply. No changes at all have been made. It seems somehow the .pbix became corrupted while being published (never had that before). A republish eventually resolved the issue.

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