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SQL Server Tableau Connector

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



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

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

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

Connect to SQL Server in Tableau

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

Connecting to Microsoft SQL Server

Connect to Microsoft SQL Server using the following properties:

  • Server: The name of the server running SQL Server.
  • User: The username provided for authentication with SQL Server.
  • Password: The password associated with the authenticating user.
  • Database: The name of the SQL Server database.

Connecting to Azure SQL Server and Azure Data Warehouse

You can authenticate to Azure SQL Server or Azure Data Warehouse by setting the following connection properties:

  • Server: The server running Azure. You can find this by logging into the Azure portal and navigating to "SQL databases" (or "SQL data warehouses") -> "Select your database" -> "Overview" -> "Server name."
  • User: The name of the user authenticating to Azure.
  • Password: The password associated with the authenticating user.
  • Database: The name of the database, as seen in the Azure portal on the SQL databases (or SQL warehouses) page.

Discover Schemas and Query Data

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