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Tableau TDE Connector for Data Prep

User Persona: Data Prep User, Data Prep Admin, Data Source Admin, or IT/DevOps


This document covers all configuration fields available during connector setup. Some fields may have already been filled out by your Administrator at an earlier step of configuration and may not be visible to you. For more information on Data Prep's connector framework, see Data Prep Connector setup. Also, your Admin may have named this connector something else in the list of Data Sources.

Configure Data Prep

This connector allows you to connect to a Tableau Server & Tableau Online as an export destination. The following fields are used to define the connection parameters.


  • Name: Name of the data source as it will appear to users in the UI.
  • Description: Description of the data source as it will appear to users in the UI.


You can connect Data Prep to multiple Snowflake accounts. Using a descriptive name can be a big help to users in identifying the appropriate data source.

Tableau Server

  • Tableau Server URL: An http/https URL where the Tableau Server is running. Include port if necessary.

  • Site: Tableau site in which Data Prep will publish a data source.

  • Project: Tableau project in which Data Prep will publish a data source.

Tableau Credentials

  • Username: This is your Tableau username.

  • Password: This is your Tableau password.

Data Export Information

Via Browsing

  • Note that the browsing interface will not show any directory items from Tableau. Files are published into the specified Site and Project defined in the Tableau Connector/Datasource configuration, not to a destination selected at export.

  • Note that AnswerSets are converted to Tableau Data Extract (.tde) files and then published into the specified Site and Project you defined in the Connector/Datasource configuration.

Via SQL Query

  • Not supported.

Technical Specs

  • The Tableau SDK (native libraries) must be installed on the Data Prep server host in order to enable communication to the Tableau Server and to export TDE files.

  • Tableau Connector SDK

FAQ/Troubleshooting/Common Issues

  • It’s not uncommon for there to be Tableau permissions issues when exporting from Data Prep to Tableau.

Updated April 12, 2022
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