Visualize Live LinkedIn Data in Tableau

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LinkedIn Tableau Connector

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



Use the CData Tableau Connector for LinkedIn and Tableau Desktop to visualize live LinkedIn data.

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

The CData Tableau Connectors enable high-speed access to live LinkedIn data in Tableau. Once you install the connector, you simply authenticate with LinkedIn and you can immediately start building responsive, dynamic visualizations and dashboards. By surfacing LinkedIn data using native Tableau data types and handling complex filters, aggregations, & other operations automatically, CData Tableau Connectors grant seamless access to LinkedIn 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 LinkedIn. If you wish to connect to LinkedIn data in Tableau Online, you will need to use CData CloudHub.

Connect to LinkedIn in Tableau

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

LinkedIn uses the OAuth 2 authentication standard. You will need to obtain the OAuthClientId and OAuthClientSecret by registering an app with LinkedIn. For more information refer to our authentication guide.

Discover Schemas and Query Data

  1. Select CData from the Database pull-down menu.
  2. Select LinkedIn 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 LinkedIn with Tableau, you can easily create robust visualizations and reports on LinkedIn data. Download a free, 30-day trial and get started today.