Overview of Visio Services in SharePoint Server 2013


Applies to: SharePoint Server 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2013-12-18

Summary:  Visio Services lets users share and view Visio diagrams. It also enables data-connected Visio diagrams to be refreshed and updated from various data sources.

Visio Services runs as a SharePoint Server 2013 service application.

Visio diagrams can be rendered by Visio Services and viewed in a Web browser. This lets users view Visio documents without having Visio or the Visio Viewer installed on the local computer. This also allows diagrams to be viewed on mobile devices.

Basic exploration and navigation of these rendered diagrams are supported within the Visio Web Access Web Part. Page designers can configure the user interface and functionality of the Web Part.

Visio Services can also refresh the data and recalculate the visuals of a Visio diagram hosted on a SharePoint site. This enables published diagrams to refresh connections to various data sources and to update affected data graphics and text fields.

Visio diagrams can be published to SharePoint Server 2013 by using Visio Professional 2013 and Visio Premium 2013.

Connections to the data sources listed here may be refreshed by using Visio Services. The original data connection must be configured using Visio 2010 Professional, Visio 2010 Premium, or Visio Professional 2013. Refresh of data through any other mechanism into a Visio diagram is not supported.

  • SQL Server 7.0

  • SQL Server 2000

  • SQL Server 2005 (32- & 64-bit)

  • SQL Server 2008 (32- & 64-bit)

  • SQL Server 2008 R2 (32- & 64-bit)

  • SQL Server 2012 (32- & 64-bit)

  • Sheet information that is stored in Excel workbooks (.xlsx files) published from Office Excel 2007, Excel 2010, or Excel 2013 hosted on the same SharePoint Server 2013 farm

  • SharePoint Server lists that are hosted on the same farm

  • External lists exposed in SharePoint Server through Microsoft Business Connectivity Services.

  • OLE DB or ODBC

  • Custom Data Providers implemented as .NET Framework assemblies

Visio Services in SharePoint Server 2013 can render diagrams created in Visio 2010 or Visio 2013.

Visio diagrams created in Visio 2010 must be created using Visio 2010 Professional or Visio 2010 Premium and must be published to a SharePoint site as a Visio Web drawing (*.vdw) file. Standard Visio 2010 diagrams (.vsd files) are not rendered by Visio Services and require Visio 2010 to be viewed.

Visio diagrams created in Visio 2013 must be created by using Visio Professional 2013. The new standard diagram format in Visio Professional 2013 (*.vsdx files) can be rendered by Visio Services, along with the Web drawing (.vdw) format. We recommend that you use the new .vsdx format unless you require compatibility with previous versions of Visio.

Before you configure Visio Services in SharePoint Server 2013, be sure to review Plan Visio Services deployment in SharePoint Server 2013, Plan Visio Services security in SharePoint Server 2013, and Data authentication for Visio Services in SharePoint Server 2013. These articles contain important information about planning your Visio Services infrastructure.

To get started deploying Visio Services, see Create a Visio Graphics Service service application in SharePoint Server 2013.