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Visualize Live WooCommerce Data in Tableau

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

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

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

Connect to WooCommerce in Tableau

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

WooCommerce supports the following authentication methods: one-legged OAuth1.0 Authentication and standard OAuth2.0 Authentication.

Connecting using one-legged OAuth 1.0 Authentication

Specify the following properties (NOTE: the below credentials are generated from WooCommerce settings page and should not be confused with the credentials generated by using WordPress OAuth2.0 plugin):

  • ConsumerKey
  • ConsumerSecret

Connecting using WordPress OAuth 2.0 Authentication

After having configured the plugin, you may connect to WooCommerce by providing the following connection properties:

  • OAuthClientId
  • OAuthClientSecret
  • CallbackURL
  • InitiateOAuth - Set this to either GETANDREFRESH or REFRESH

In either case, you will need to set the Url property to the URL of the WooCommerce instance.

Discover Schemas and Query Data

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