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Power Automate: Get Power BI Refresh Status

Power Automate: Get Power BI Refresh Status

When you’re working with Power Automate and need to track the refresh status of a Power BI dataset, it can be a bit tricky due to the way the Refresh a dataset action behaves. Let’s dive into this topic and explore some approaches.

Initial Behavior:

  • When you trigger a dataset refresh using the Refresh a dataset action, it immediately returns a status code of 202.

  • However, this doesn’t necessarily mean the refresh is complete; it simply indicates that the refresh process has been initiated.

Desired Outcome:

  • Ideally, you want to confirm that the refresh has indeed completed successfully.

  • To achieve this, you need to check the status code after the refresh has finished.


  • Unfortunately, directly querying the status code during the refresh process always returns 202, even if the refresh is still ongoing.

  • So how can we get the status to update once the refresh is truly complete?


Option 1: Polling with a Timeout

  • Use a Do-While loop to repeatedly check the refresh status.

  • Inside the loop, make an HTTP request to the Power BI API to retrieve the refresh history.

  • Parse the response to determine whether the refresh is still running or has completed.

  • Adjust the loop timeout based on your dataset’s typical refresh duration.

Option 2: Custom Connector and API Call

  • Create a custom connector in Azure AD.

  • Configure the connector to make a GET request to the Power BI API endpoint for refresh history.

  • Extract the relevant information from the API response (e.g., whether the refresh is still running or has finished).

  • Use this data to provide real-time feedback to users.

Option 3:  Review Refresh History in Power BI

  • Navigate to Settings > Dataflows > Refresh History within Power BI.

  • Here, you can see the historical refresh status for your dataflows.

  • While this doesn’t give real-time updates during the refresh, it provides valuable insights afterward.


  • The Power Platform offers powerful integration capabilities between Power BI and Power Automate.

  • By combining these services, you can automate processes and enhance your data workflows effectively



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