What is a .PBIX File And How To Open It – Microsoft (Simple Steps)

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Have you came across a file with the .pbix extension and you don’t know what it is? Perhaps you know what the file is, but you simply don’t know how to open it. That’s why you are here! We have made this guide for you to learn more about the .pbix file extension and how to open it.

What is a .PBIX file?

The file extension .PBIX comes from Power BI Desktop File. This file extension was developed by Microsoft. The format of this data related file is zip.

What to know

There is currently 1 software that can open the .pbix file on 1 platform.

How to open a .PBIX file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .PBIX file on various operating systems.

How to open a .PBIX file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .pbix file on Windows in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Microsoft Power BI Desktop software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. Other software that can be used in opening this file is: Microsoft Power BI Desktop.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .PBIX file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Microsoft Power BI Desktop software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

Still cannot open the .PBIX file?

If you cannot open the .PBIX file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .PBIX file.pbj – Adobe Systems, .pbj – CyberLink, .pbk – Microsoft, .pbk – Adobe Systems, .pbm – Portable Bitmap Image. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.


In this article you have learned how to open the .PBIX file with the Microsoft Power BI Desktop program on Windows.