This section explains how to connect Tableau to an Exasol database.

Exasol is easily integrated with Tableau and provides Tableau customers the power to visualize and analyze very large live data. Tableau has a native connector to Exasol which makes it easy for you to establish a connection.

For more information on creating content on Tableau, refer to the training videos on Tableau.

Exasol takes no responsibility for any changes in functionality or terms of use for the third-party software described in this section. For more information, refer to the respective software vendor’s website.


  • A running Exasol SaaS database. For more information, see Manage Database and Clusters.
  • The IP address of the host where the tool is running must be in the allowed IP address list. For more information, see Network Security.
  • Exasol ODBC driver is installed
  • Tableau installed

Get ODBC Driver and Connection Details

To connect to your Exasol SaaS database from a tool you need a valid connection string. You must also allow network access to the database from the tool, and make sure that the latest Exasol ODBC driver is installed.

  1. On the Databases page in the web console, click on Connect via tools on the cluster that you want to connect to.

    connect via tools

  2. In the wizard, enter the IP address of the client or server that will connect to the database and click Add IP, then click Next. This will add the IP address to the list of IP addresses that are allowed network access to the cluster. The allow list is found on the Security page in the web console. For more information, see Network Security.

    If the IP address is already present in the allow list, just click Next.

    enter ip address

  3. If the latest ODBC driver for your operating system is not already installed, select the driver type and operating system and click on Download to download the latest driver to your local system. For more information about how to install the driver, see ODBC Driver.

    download driver

  4. Click on Next to view your connection details:

    connection details

  5. Copy the Connection string, Port, and User name values from the Connect details dialog. You will need to enter this information in your client to connect to your database.

  6. To generate a new Personal Access Token (PAT) to use for authentication in the client, click on the Password row, then click on Copy to copy the PAT to your clipboard. For more information, see Personal Access Token.

    generated pat

    The generated PAT is only shown once and cannot be retrieved after you have closed the wizard.

  7. Click on Done to close the wizard.

Connect Tableau to Exasol

  1. Start Tableau, in the left side menu on the Tableau Desktop, under To a Server select More.
  2. From the list select Exasol.
  3. In the dialog box, enter the connection information you copied in the Get ODBC Driver and Connection Details procedure
    • Server: Enter the Host string you copied from the web console.
    • Port: The default port is 8563.
    • Username: Enter the user name you copied from the web console.
    • Password: Enter the Personal Access Token you copied from the web console.
    • Click Sign In.
  4. On the Data Source screen, select your Schema from the drop-down list.
  5. Under Table, drag and drop the desired table to the right side of the screen. Once you have all the required tables, you can create worksheets and dashboards.
  6. Note: We recommend you to keep a live connection to the database and avoid creating any extracts.

  7. To create a new worksheet and start your analysis, click Sheet 2.