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Stop Keeping Data Fresh through Tableau Bridge

You can stop refreshing data in the following ways:

  • Remove a particular data source from Tableau Bridge.

  • Temporarily stop running refreshes and live queries through Tableau Bridge.

  • Permanently stop using Bridge, removing all data source information from the computer used to run it.

Note: If you stop using Tableau Bridge for data sources that contain live connections, you must account for views that connect to those data sources. These views can be in workbooks or embedded in web pages. If you do nothing, the views no longer display, and a blank space will appear instead.

Stop using Bridge temporarily or permanently

  • To close Tableau Bridge and temporarily suspend updates to the data sources you manage in Bridge, open the Bridge client from the system tray, and on the settings menu in the upper-right, select Exit.

    When you exit, the list of data sources and their connection settings remain intact.

  • To close the application and remove the list of data sources it links to Tableau Online, right-click the Tableau Bridge icon in the system tray, and select Unlink.

    Unlink to remove all data information and stop sending refreshes to Tableau Online

    Unlinking a Tableau Bridge client also removes all connection information, including stored database credentials.

Effects of exit and unlink

If you exit Tableau Bridge, and the next scheduled refresh occurs while Bridge is temporarily stopped, you will see an alert on the associated data source the next time you sign in. The next refresh will occur as scheduled, but you can also run it manually when you sign back in.

Remove data sources’ refresh schedules after you unlink a Tableau Bridge client

When you unlink Tableau Bridge, you also must remove the associated data sources’ schedules from Tableau Online. Otherwise they continue to run as scheduled.t

  1. Sign in to Tableau Online, and go to the Data Sources page.

  2. Click the link for the name of the data source you kept up-to-date through Tableau Bridge.

  3. On the data source page, select Refresh Schedule,

  4. Select the box next to the schedule you created for Tableau Bridge, and then select ActionsDelete.