Visualize Live Google Cloud Storage Data in Tableau

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Google Cloud Storage Tableau Connector

The fastest and easiest way to connect Tableau to Google Cloud Storage. Includes comprehensive high-performance data access, real-time integration, extensive metadata discovery, and robust SQL-92 support.



Use the CData Tableau Connector for Google Cloud Storage and Tableau Desktop to visualize live Google Cloud Storage data.

Tableau is a visual analytics platform transforming the way businesses use data to solve problems. When paired with the CData Tableau Connector for Google Cloud Storage, you can easily get access to live Google Cloud Storage data within Tableau. This article shows how to connect to Google Cloud Storage in Tableau and build a simple chart.

The CData Tableau Connectors enable high-speed access to live Google Cloud Storage data in Tableau. Once you install the connector, you simply authenticate with Google Cloud Storage and you can immediately start building responsive, dynamic visualizations and dashboards. By surfacing Google Cloud Storage data using native Tableau data types and handling complex filters, aggregations, & other operations automatically, CData Tableau Connectors grant seamless access to Google Cloud Storage data.

NOTE: The CData Tableau Connectors require Tableau 2020.3 or higher. If you are using an older version of Tableau, you will need to use the CData JDBC Driver for Google Cloud Storage. If you wish to connect to Google Cloud Storage data in Tableau Online, you will need to use CData Connect Cloud.

Connect to Google Cloud Storage in Tableau

Open Tableau and click More under Connect -> To a Server. Select "Google Cloud Storage by CData," then configure the connection and click "Sign In."

Authenticate with a User Account

You can connect without setting any connection properties for your user credentials. After setting InitiateOAuth to GETANDREFRESH, you are ready to connect.

When you connect, the Google Cloud Storage OAuth endpoint opens in your default browser. Log in and grant permissions, then the OAuth process completes

Authenticate with a Service Account

Service accounts have silent authentication, without user authentication in the browser. You can also use a service account to delegate enterprise-wide access scopes.

You need to create an OAuth application in this flow. See the Help documentation for more information. After setting the following connection properties, you are ready to connect:

  • InitiateOAuth: Set this to GETANDREFRESH.
  • OAuthJWTCertType: Set this to "PFXFILE".
  • OAuthJWTCert: Set this to the path to the .p12 file you generated.
  • OAuthJWTCertPassword: Set this to the password of the .p12 file.
  • OAuthJWTCertSubject: Set this to "*" to pick the first certificate in the certificate store.
  • OAuthJWTIssuer: In the service accounts section, click Manage Service Accounts and set this field to the email address displayed in the service account Id field.
  • OAuthJWTSubject: Set this to your enterprise Id if your subject type is set to "enterprise" or your app user Id if your subject type is set to "user".
  • ProjectId: Set this to the Id of the project you want to connect to.

The OAuth flow for a service account then completes.

Discover Schemas and Query Data

  1. Select CData from the Database pull-down menu.
  2. Select GoogleCloudStorage from the Schema pull-down menu.
  3. Drag the tables and views you wish to visualize onto the join area. You can include multiple tables.
  4. Select Update Now or Automatically Update. Update Now lets you preview the first 10,000 rows of the data source (or enter the number of rows you want to see in the Rows text box). Automatically Update automatically reflects the changes in the preview area.
  5. Click the tab for your worksheet. Columns are listed as Dimensions and Measures, depending on the data type. The CData Tableau Connector discovers data types automatically, allowing you to leverage the powerful data processing and visualization features of Tableau.
  6. Drag a field from the Dimensions or Measures area to Rows or Columns. Tableau creates column or row headers.
  7. Select one of the chart types from the Show Me tab. Tableau displays the chart type that you selected.

Using the CData Tableau Connector for Google Cloud Storage with Tableau, you can easily create robust visualizations and reports on Google Cloud Storage data. Download a free, 30-day trial and get started today.