Support relative path to excel/csv sources
Currently, when excel file is loaded to Power BI, the absolute filepath is captured in the M query. It would be nice if relative filepath was supported. Thus we could place excel file next to pbix and not worry about the file location (local machine, shared folder on server or onedrive)
This is a basic implementation. I do not understand how this is not an option yet
Fundimental software development 101. This should never have been an issue in the first place...yet here we are...waiting...and waiting.
I'm a relatively new user. Loving PBI and working with big client companies that are not PBI users. I develop solutions and then it gets bogged down in the difficulty to transfer that solution. Do you know how many companies are not getting exposed to the beauty of PBI because this issue is not solved. Please make it happen.
Aaron E commented
It's been over a year guys:
Bump this from the backlog to top of current sprint or top of the "Active Tasks" Kanban column, por favor.... It seems like everyone and their mother who writes scalable or deliverable code needs this.
(Excel.CurrentPath would be too much trouble due to sharing)
Please work on this. I am in an environment where I can not link to the source database and have to export all the info to Excel files before I can load them into Power BI. I am using Power BI to create daily reports and can not pass this on to the people that are actually responsible for those reports without constantly fixing data source locations or making sure that the user never moves a file once I fix the source location. Basically it cripples our use of Power BI.
Publishing is not an option because of strict IT policies. I would like to be able to just pass a folder to the user and tell them to just save over the appropriate Excel file with the new data. This way all the data and Power BI files are self contained in one folder.
Adil Yıldız commented
This is absolutely needed and i believe it is a very core feature indeed. I really felt surprised when i learned Power BI did not support that.
Jeremy Faverjon commented
I've been using this feature with Excel/Power query by creating a cell containing the current file location (basic excel formula). By including the file location in my query model, I was able to share the tool with my colleagues. They only had to update the data templates, save everything in one folder and they were able to run the tool without adjusting sources in query editor!
This would be a great feature that would enable us to create scalable visualization tools using only standard data templates. That would be simply AMAZING!
Peter Gunardi commented
Hi, I need this feature. It will make my work scalable.
Stephen Paul Wright commented
It would be useful if the addition of relative paths also made it easier to switch between data stored locally or in the cloud. Currently different commands are needed for files in the 2 places and the paths also differ because one uses \ and the other /!
This would be a nice usability feature. A simple checkbox on the file dialog box would suffice.
Dudes, sort this out! It's killing me!
Please support Relative paths. I loose a lot of productivity hours at the moment by not having this available.
I have the same issue with Access files
It is beyond my comprehension how this seemingly obvious ask goes unanswered all this time given the consistent updates PowerBI enjoys. .\ ..\ following symlinks is not rocket science. And there is a valid use for this which the service does not address. Consider proof of concept design phases, or grassroots level projects that incubate innovation before online data services exist. I love this tool but the archaic design choices like this are unnecessarily annoying at times and are an impediment to user innovation.
My non-technical users constantly fight with this issue, it's consuming lots of our resources.
We need a way to easily accommodate per-user pathnames at data query time.
[Deleted User] commented
Indispensable feature when multiple people need to develop and development on a server is not a possibility
This is becoming a deciding factor in choice of BI.
Please add this!
Please add this feature.
Bilal Mansoor commented
Surprising that this isn't already available