With Drill Down Map PRO, you can create interactive and easy-to-use map charts in Power BI. With intuitive on-chart interactions exploring location-based data will be a joy for any user. Furthermore, you can use the wide range of customization features, including custom base layers and shape layers, node pie charts, auras, and other options to make the perfect chart for your report.


Before you begin

This visual uses location data to place data points on the map. To successfully create a map chart with this visual, you’ll need two mandatory fields – Latitude and Longitude. These fields must contain valid geographic coordinates (for example, 48.8584 in Latitude column and 2.2945 Longitude column, using Eiffel Tower in Paris, France as a sample). Multiple data points may contain the same coordinates.

Each data point will then be visualized as a node on your map chart. Depending on your settings, multiple nearby nodes can be merged into Cluster Nodes when displaying a larger map view. As the user zooms in, the clusters will be expanded to show a more detailed view of the nodes.


In addition to the mandatory location fields, you can use various custom fields to provide more data or customize nodes, including numeric values for each data point, custom names, node colors, sizes or images, tooltip content and node categories – read more in the Setting Up Fields page.

Adding Drill Down Map PRO to Power BI 

If you have downloaded this visual from Microsoft AppSource within Power BI Desktop, its icon should automatically appear in the Visualizations pane on the right side of your Power BI window. 


If you have acquired Drill Down Map PRO externally, you may need to add it to Power BI manually. You can do that by clicking the ellipsis button at the end of the visualizations list, and pressing Import a visual from a file. Locate the .pbiviz file and the visual will be added to the Visualizations pane.


You need to activate your trial or have a valid license to use the PRO features of this visual. Read more about licensing on this page.

Creating a map chart with Drill Down Map PRO
Add Drill Down Map PRO to your Power BI report by clicking the visual’s icon in the Visualizations pane. Doing so will create a blank visual that contains no data. Once you add the required fields – Latitude and Longitude ¬– your data will be visualized using the default settings.
Once you’ve successfully created your map chart, you can then use the custom fields to add additional information to each data point, assign them into categories, or apply specific customization rules to nodes (visit Setting Up Fields page to learn more). 

You can also explore the Format Visual tab to customize various aspects of the chart, including base layer and shape layer configuration, node clustering behavior and appearance, label and tooltip settings, and more. Furthermore, you can enable cross-chart filtering with the Use As Filter toggle to use your map chart as an interactive filter for the entire report and vice versa.