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Yeltra22
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Managing Report Access: Difference between a Reader and a Viewer?

Hi,

 

Wondering what the difference between "Reader" and "Viewer" is?  I'm not sure how I ended up creating the different roles, but essentially, I want the people I grant access to be able to view the report only (disabled accessing the dataset and editing).  Thank you in advance.

 

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Icey
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Hi @Yeltra22 ,

 

Read is one of the permissions users can do for workspace content. Read access does provide specific report / dashboard consumers the ability to not only view, but also interact with visuals. When granting access to one user with no option selected, the user will be given read access only.

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Viewer is a role in a workspace. The Viewer role gives a read-only experience to its users. In other words, it's one of the user types(Admin, Member, Contributor, Viewer) in Power BI Workspaces. The viewers need to be added into a workspace. And they have all read-only access to all workspace content, not only specific report / dashboard / dataset.

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In addition, this post is about Power BI Service, not Power BI Report Server. I will move it from Report Server forum to Service forum.

 

 

 

Best Regards,

Icey

 

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Yeltra22
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Thank you Icey for clarifying! Very helpful.  

 

+ thank you for moving to correct forum.  Sorry for posting in the wrong place-- new user here. 

Icey
Community Support
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Hi @Yeltra22 ,

 

Read is one of the permissions users can do for workspace content. Read access does provide specific report / dashboard consumers the ability to not only view, but also interact with visuals. When granting access to one user with no option selected, the user will be given read access only.

Icey_1-1655102751551.png

Icey_2-1655102915077.png

 

Viewer is a role in a workspace. The Viewer role gives a read-only experience to its users. In other words, it's one of the user types(Admin, Member, Contributor, Viewer) in Power BI Workspaces. The viewers need to be added into a workspace. And they have all read-only access to all workspace content, not only specific report / dashboard / dataset.

Icey_0-1655102147804.png

 

In addition, this post is about Power BI Service, not Power BI Report Server. I will move it from Report Server forum to Service forum.

 

 

 

Best Regards,

Icey

 

If this post helps, then please consider Accept it as the solution to help the other members find it more quickly.

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