Create ODBC connection in Tableau with Devart ODBC Drivers

Tableau is a data analysis and visualization tool that can be used by anyone to prepare visual reports and simplify raw data into understandable charts, maps, scatter plots and treemaps. The easiest way to connect Tableau to your data in a database or a cloud-based application is using an ODBC connection. With ODBC, Tableau enables you to connect to the data sources that are not natively supported in Tableau – you can connect Tableau to any data source provided that you have the associated ODBC driver installed.
Devart provides ODBC connectors for Tableau to access data in databases and cloud-based apps. You can create a report in seconds: double click on the dimensions and measures that you want in your analysis, and use the Show Me feature to see the available charts for the generated measures. Click on one of the highlighted chart types to create a chart. Each chart has specific requirements for the number of dimensions, measures, or other items.

How to connect Tableau to ODBC data source and access data in 3 steps

Install the driver and configure an ODBC data source in the driver settings

01. Install the driver and configure an ODBC data source. Start Tableau and select More... > Other Databases (ODBC).

Install the ODBC driver for Tableau
Start SQL Server Management Studio and create a linked server

02. Expand the DSN drop-down list and select the previosuly configured DSN. Click Connect, then click Sign in.

Choose ODBC DSN in Tableau
Run a query against the data storage

03. Select the database and schema. Drag-and-drop the needed table to the Drag tables here area. Click Update Now.

Retrieve ODBC database to Tableau

Key Features

Direct mode

Native connection to traditional databases and cloud-based services from Tableau using an ODBC driver. No need to use client software to establish Tableau ODBC connection and fetch your sales figures table from databases, such as Oracle, MySQL, or PostgreSQL, and cloud services, such as Salesforce, QuickBooks, or Zoho CRM.

SQL data type mapping

Full support and mapping of data source-specific SQL data types to the standard ODBC data types. Access diverse data stores from Tableau through a unified interface with exceptional speed. You can create custom mappings between data source fields and ODBC data types.

Secure connection

Devart ODBC drivers use SSL / SSH and HTTPS tunneling to protect user data as it flows between a remote server and Tableau over the Internet. Tunneling allows you to send communications securely between machines.

ANSI SQL-92 standard support for cloud services

Devart ODBC drivers address one of the major challenges of retrieving data from email marketing, CRM, accounting and other cloud applications into Tableau: their lack of adequate API support for SQL-92 standard SQL commands. Our drivers are designed to get the most out of cloud service APIs.

Why pick Devart ODBC Drivers for Tableau?

Fully Unicode-compliant ODBC drivers

Fully Unicode-compliant ODBC drivers

Unicode is the universal standard for encoding characters in most languages. Our ODBC drivers provide a Unicode-compliant way to work with strings and characters in databases: they are capable of mapping Unicode function calls and string data types to ANSI encoding.

All major versions of data stores are supported

All major versions of data stores are supported

Our ODBC drivers can be used to interact and perform SQL CRUD operations on popular traditional databases and cloud services from Tableau, such as MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, Salesforce, or MailChimp.

Regular feature update rollouts and timely bug fixes

Regular feature updates and timely bug fixes

We frequently release new versions of ODBC drivers with new capabilities or enhancements for already existing features. Changes and new features are added to the roadmap based on customer feedback. Bug fixes and minor improvements are released as nightly builds to resolve issues in a timely fashion.

Strict compliance with Microsoft ODBC 3.51 Specification

Strict compliance with Microsoft ODBC 3.51 Specification

Our ODBC drivers provide full support for the standard Open Database Connectivity API functions and data types. ODBC interface allows Tableau to connect to ODBC databases using the SQL language. Additionally, we have designed Advanced Connection String parameters that implement different types of behavior.

Exceptional SQL query performance and bulk updates

Exceptional SQL query performance and bulk updates

Our ODBC drivers allow you to perform bulk record update in Tableau in a single update statement while maintaining decent update speed. When you need to update a table with a million of records, you can use a single update operation which significantly reduces execution time compared to row-by-row operations.

Team of expert support engineers and community of developers

Team of expert support engineers and community of developers

Contact our friendly knowledgeable support team for assistance if have any questions about using our ODBC drivers with Tableau, or join our forum to discuss anything related to the database application development with other professional developers.

Connect Tableau to your data source with our ODBC connectors

Our drivers provide Direct access to your databases and clouds from Tableau, which eliminates the use of database client libraries, simplifies the deployment process, and extends your application capabilities.

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