PowerBI Trace File FlightRecorderCurrent.trc

PowerBI Trace File FlightRecorderCurrent.trc: Where and How to Find it

Learn how and where you can find out the PowerBI Trace File FlightRecorderCurrent.trc for debugging and troubleshooting.

PowerBI Trace File FlightRecorderCurrent.trc

PowerBI Trace Files:
PowerBI trace Files are used to log events for a particular session to the trace file. This file is used to trace the performance, and the number of underlying queries to the database and is recommended to use while adopting the DirectQuery approach in PowerBI.

This file is available under the current user directory. The exact location of this file is:
<%systemdirectory%>Users / <UserName> / AppData / Local / Microsoft Power BI Desktop  AnalysisServicesWorkspace<AnalysisServicesIntegerSuffixID> / Data

The file name is FlightRecorderCurrent. This is the file where all the event logs related to the performance of the underlying data source are stored. Every instance of PowerBI will have a new FlightRecorderCurrent.trc file generated.

PowerBI Trace File FlightRecorderCurrent.trc

Fig 1 – FlightRecorderCurrent.trc

For example, if we open two instances of PowerBI, then both the instances will have a FlightRecorderCurrent.trc file under the repository called “Data” under the “AnalysisServicesWorkspace.” The two instances of PowerBi open up two instances, which in this case, is:

  • AnalysisServicesWorkspace1105215039
  • AnalysisServicesWorkspace1168831218

The screen clip below highlights the details of the FlightRecorderCurrent.trc file. By default, an instance of PowerBI desktop service is running, so by default, there will be one FlightRecorderCurrent.trc running as a background process.

PowerBI Trace File FlightRecorderCurrent.trc

Fig 2 – AnalysisServiceWorkspace Instances


The FlightRecorderCurrent.trc is set up when we install PowerBI Desktop. It is available, as a part of the PowerBI Desktop standard installation.

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Navneeth Nagrajan is a Technical Consultant at Avanade Australia focusing on implementation, pre-sales and support of Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations/ Microsoft Dynamics Ax ERP. Before Avanade, Navneeth worked as a Solutions Consultant at LM WindPower focusing on implementation and support of Microsoft Dynamics Ax Enterprise Resource Planning solution. Prior to LM WindPower, he worked as a Lead Consultant for ITC Infotech India Limited focusing on Enterprise Solutions like Microsoft Dynamics AX & Microsoft Dynamics CRM. He has worked for Microsoft as a Partner Technical Consultant. His primary focus area is Microsoft Dynamics AX and he specializes on Trade & Logistics, CRM, Service Management and Project Management functionalities. His secondary focus area is Microsoft Dynamics CRM and he specializes on Sales Management, Marketing Management and Service Management sections. He has successfully assisted more than 100 Microsoft partners and customers. At Microsoft, He has successfully written and published papers on '​'​ Needs for Microsoft Dynamics CRM in the Education Sector''. Prior to Microsoft, he has worked as a Functional Consultant and has implemented Microsoft Dynamics AX in the Manufacturing and Services Segment. He has also worked as a Business Development Executive implementing Document Management Systems for Security Broking and Manufacturing Organizations.