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Rhode_Ninja
5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

Hello Community,

First post here. I am attempting to connect my Airtable to Power BI.

I am receiving the following error message in Power BI

  • Expression.Error: We cannot convert the value null to type Record.
    Details:
    Value=
    Type=[Type]

I am following this guidance and using a Personal Access Token. I setup Power BI Parameters successfully but received the error code in the Query. I suspected that it may be the M Code so I followed a link to a GitHub resource for alternate code.

  • "If the above script seems to be causing an error, then please refer to this GitHub resource, as the code may have changed.

I have tried both versions of the M code.
I don't know enough about tracking down this error code. Any ideas of what it might be?
All assistance is greatly appreciated.

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karkumar
5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

Facing the same issue. I too submitted a new post asking this question. @airtable team: Can anyone please help to fix this issue! Thank you!

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karkumar
5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

Facing the same issue. I too submitted a new post asking this question. @airtable team: Can anyone please help to fix this issue! Thank you!

Hi Karkumar. I used ChatGPT 3.5 to help write code. I went through multiple iterations. Never a syntax error but had several error codes generated in PBI. Everytime I fed the error code back in to Chat it tried a revised solution. Acutally quite amazing. Sadly I still was not able to get in. I feel like I might be missing some basic that I am overlooking - even though I reviewed and reviewed. Still not sure what it is. Try AI and see if you have more luck. Give it a good description of what you are trying to do. Let me know if it works please.

Thanks Rhode! All I'm trying to do is extract few field records from Airtable to PowerBI for visualization/reports. Initially I used API key & corresponding M query - which was working fine but with PAT, it's failing with above Null type Expression error.
Do you mean using ChatGPT 3.5 helps to get rid of this problem? Did you create the code using ChatGPT and used that query for PowerBI integration? 

I used ChatGPT to write the code. Try it. Write something like this and then have a conversation from there if you get error codes. 

"Can you write code that will allow me to pull data from airtable into power bi and allow pagination for a large table of data? I want the code to work via the personal access token and not via api."

Great, Thank you! 

ithamar_hardy
4 - Data Explorer
4 - Data Explorer

"Why can't we simply connect using the "web" option in the data source selection of Power BI?"

The topic says solved but I do not see a solution.  Any help would be awesome!

Rhode_Ninja
5 - Automation Enthusiast
5 - Automation Enthusiast

It is not solved - at least for me. I have used ChatGPT 4 to help write multiple versions of code and it is still not working. If you haven't seen this about blanks - I would try this. Solved: Exporting Airtable Data into PowerQuery - Airtable Community 

I made sure I had no blanks - still can't get it to work.

 

 

Topar14
4 - Data Explorer
4 - Data Explorer

I was able to fix the error by making sure that my TABLE_ID was correct. After following the article, I took everything after the "tbl" characters as the TABLE_ID, when I really only needed up to the '/'.

The API documentation clued me into what was actually needed. When I manually tried to expand the table in power query, it was throwing an error that the page wasn't found, which made all the subsequent steps not work correctly and ultimately led to the same error you were getting.