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yooakim
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See DAX formula in existing measure (when original report has been deleted)?

I have been asked to help a client with an exsting report. In the report there is a measure for which they cannot see the underlyign DAX formula.

The issue (I think) is that the report is based on another report that was copied and that then later was deleted.

The report works fine in the Power BI Service, but we cannot save the file as a PBIX file.

Are there other ways for us to get to the actual DAX query? (wothout having the original Desktop file)

 

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MAwwad
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Yes, there are a few ways to retrieve the DAX formula for a measure in a Power BI report:

  1. Query Editor: If the data source is an Excel workbook, you can access the formula using the Query Editor in Power BI Desktop. Go to Home > Get Data > From File > From Excel and select the workbook. In the Query Editor, you can find the formula in the Applied Steps section.

  2. DirectQuery/Live Connection: If the report is using DirectQuery or Live Connection, you can retrieve the formula by connecting to the data source (e.g. SQL Server database) using SQL Server Management Studio or another tool. The DAX formula is stored in the database and can be retrieved using a query.

  3. DAX Studio: If the report is using Import or DirectQuery/Live Connection, you can use DAX Studio to retrieve the formula. DAX Studio is a free tool that can be used to connect to a Power BI report and retrieve the DAX formulas used in the report.

Note that if the original report was deleted, it may not be possible to retrieve the DAX formula without access to the data source.

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yooakim
New Member

I am not able to find the DAX expression, the problem we have is that the report is in Power BI Service but wre are not able to save it. And it seems as if the measure is only in the report.

Any other suggestions? @MAwwad 

yooakim
New Member

Thanks @MAwwad for a great list, I'll explore these options. Much appreciated 🙂

MAwwad
Super User
Super User

Yes, there are a few ways to retrieve the DAX formula for a measure in a Power BI report:

  1. Query Editor: If the data source is an Excel workbook, you can access the formula using the Query Editor in Power BI Desktop. Go to Home > Get Data > From File > From Excel and select the workbook. In the Query Editor, you can find the formula in the Applied Steps section.

  2. DirectQuery/Live Connection: If the report is using DirectQuery or Live Connection, you can retrieve the formula by connecting to the data source (e.g. SQL Server database) using SQL Server Management Studio or another tool. The DAX formula is stored in the database and can be retrieved using a query.

  3. DAX Studio: If the report is using Import or DirectQuery/Live Connection, you can use DAX Studio to retrieve the formula. DAX Studio is a free tool that can be used to connect to a Power BI report and retrieve the DAX formulas used in the report.

Note that if the original report was deleted, it may not be possible to retrieve the DAX formula without access to the data source.

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