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Tableau connection

Tableau connection

To access your data in Tableau, you must create a connection asset for it.

Tableau is an interactive data visualization platform.

Supported products

Tableau Server 2020.3.3 and Tableau Cloud

Create a connection to Tableau

To create the connection asset, you need the following connection details:

  • Hostname or IP address
  • Port number
  • Site: The name of the Tableau site to use
  • For Authentication method, you need either a username and password or an Access token (with Access token name and Access token secret).
  • SSL certificate (if required by the database server)

Choose the method for creating a connection based on where you are in the platform

In a project
Click Assets > New asset > Data access tools > Connection. See Adding a connection to a project.
In a catalog
Click Add to catalog > Connection. See Adding a connection asset to a catalog.
In a deployment space
Click Add to space > Connection. See Adding connections to a deployment space.
In the Platform assets catalog
Click New connection. See Adding platform connections.

Next step: Add data assets from the connection

Where you can use this connection

You can use Tableau connections in the following workspaces and tools:



  • Platform assets catalog

  • Other catalogs (IBM Knowledge Catalog)

Tableau setup


You can use this connection only for source data. You cannot write to data or export data with this connection.

Running SQL statements

To ensure that your SQL statements run correctly, refer to the Run Initial SQL for the correct syntax.

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Parent topic: Supported connections

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