How to use Power BI on Mac
Power BI is a powerful BI device, however it unfortunately doesn’t uphold Mac gadgets.
Several years prior, I was working for an organization where 90% of our staff had a MacBook and adored it, yet there was no chance to get for our Data Team to work with Power BI to work out announcing. At that point we transformed into another instrument named Holistics, a cloud-based one.
In this post, I will share my encounters actualizing Power BI on Mac OS, which I trust is useful to you in the event that you are searching for an answer.
Our 3 solutions for running Power BI on Mac
Since Power BI can’t run on a Mac, here are our recommendations to run Power BI on Macintosh Devices.
- Install and run Power BI on a Virtual Machine, then remote in to that Virtual Machine.
- Install and run Power BI on a PC, then use a remote viewer to control that PC.
- Use an alternative BI solution.
- Install Windows on Mac using Boot Camp
Power BI’s support for Mac Devices
To give you a little context about Microsoft’s plan on supporting Power BI on Mac devices, they are not considering developing Power BI desktop for Mac devices anytime soon.
1. Run Power BI on a Virtual Machine
You can set-up a Windows Virtual Machine on Azure, Google Cloud or AWS.
- Azure: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/virtual-machines/ (starting from $61/month)
- AWS: https://aws.amazon.com/getting-started/tutorials/launch-windows-vm/
Then you install and run Power BI on that Virtual Machine.
Finally, install Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac on each device to give your team access to that VM.
Power BI for Mac – Microsoft Remote Desktop
There are a couple of disadvantages to this approach, however:
- It’s difficult to control permission access and version history.
- You can only have one person working on a machine at a time, since Power BI for desktop is not a collaborative tool.
2. Run Power BI on a PC then remote in to that PC
It’s a little bit the same with the first method, however, this time, you use a physical machine.
You set-up a Windows PC, install and run Power BI on that PC.
Install TeamViewer, AnyDesk, or MS Remote Desktop to give people access to that PC and use Power BI from their Macs.
Cons: same with the first method, and you have to maintain a physical PC.
3. Use other alternative BI tools
Power BI is powerful — it enables your group to unite data and assemble dashboards and reports with a powerful data demonstrating layer. It is difficult to locate an extraordinary instrument in the market to supplant Power BI, however here are two elective arrangements I suggest which is 100% cloud-based, can duplicate its functionalities, and now and again much more.
Holistics is a powerful full-stack data stage that permits organizations to set up a start to finish, reusable, and versatile data analytics stack with insignificant designing assets.
It not just gives data investigators a powerful SQL-based data demonstrating approach, yet it likewise encourages them assemble a data distribution center and mechanize announcing. Holistics is additionally intended to empowers non-specialized users to get experiences with a solid self-administration analytics offering.
2. Looker + StitchData
Power BI for Mac – Alternative Solution: Looker
Looker is a business intelligence and big data analytics platform that helps you explore, analyze and share real-time business analytics easily.
Looker is additionally a powerful server-based Data Modeling BI instrument, notwithstanding, they don’t uphold Data Transforms and Data Imports, so you will require another device for that called StitchData. Together, you get all the power of Power BI with none of the Windows lock-in.