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This article describes how to connect Tableau to a MySQL database and set up the data source.

In this article

Before you begin

Make the connection and set up the data source

Sign in on a Mac

(Optional) Review and manage the data source

Before you begin

Before you begin, gather this connection information:

Driver required

This connector requires a driver to talk to the database. You might already have the required driver installed on your computer. If the driver is not installed on your computer, when you try to connect, Tableau displays an error message with a link to the Driver Download page where you can find driver links and installation instructions.

Make the connection and set up the data source

  1. Start Tableau and under Connect, select MySQL. For a complete list of data connections, select More under To a Server. Then do the following:

    1. Enter the name of the server that hosts the database.

    2. Enter the user name and password.

      Select the Require SSL option when connecting to an SSL server.

    3. (Optional) Select Initial SQL to specify a SQL command to run at the beginning of every connection, such as when you open the workbook, refresh an extract, sign in to Tableau Server, or publish to Tableau Server. For more information, see Run Initial SQL.

    4. Select Sign In.

      If Tableau can't make the connection, verify that your credentials are correct. If you still can't connect, your computer is having trouble locating the server. Contact your network administrator or database administrator.

  2. On the data source page, do the following:

    1. (Optional) Select the default data source name at the top of the page, and then enter a unique data source name for use in Tableau. For example, use a data source naming convention that helps other users of the data source figure out which data source to connect to.

    2. From the Database drop-down list, select a database or use the text box to search for a database by name.

    3. Under Table, select a table or use the text box to search for a table by name.

    4. Drag the table to the canvas, and then select the sheet tab to start your analysis.

      Use custom SQL to connect to a specific query rather than the entire data source. For more information, see Connect to a Custom SQL Query.

MySQL data source example

Here is an example of a MySQL data source using Tableau Desktop on a Windows computer:

Sign in on a Mac

If you use Tableau Desktop on a Mac, when you enter the server name to connect, use a fully qualified domain name, such as mydb.test.ourdomain.lan, instead of a relative domain name, such as mydb or mydb.test.

Alternatively, you can add the domain to the list of Search Domains for the Mac computer so that when you connect, you need to provide only the server name. To update the list of Search Domains, go to System Preferences > Network > Advanced, and then open the DNS tab.

(Optional) Review and manage the data source

You can make the following changes before you start your analysis:

Get more data from different databases

View the data in the Tableau data source

Manage metadata

Click the metadata grid button () to perform routine management tasks, such as hiding or renaming fields.

Sort fields and rows

Hide a field

Click the column drop-down arrow and select Hide.

Rename a field

Split columns

If your data supports split, click the column drop-down arrow, and then select Split. In some cases, you need to check for Split on the Data pane in the worksheet. For more information, see Split a Field into Multiple Fields.

Create a new calculation based on an existing field in the data source

Click the column drop-down arrow and select Create calculated field.

Copy values

Select the values in the grid and then press Ctrl+C (Command-C on a Mac).

Copy values in the metadata grid

Select the values, right-click, and then select Copy.

Connect to live data or use an extract

Add data source filters to restrict the visibility and use of the fields in the data source

Click Add in the upper-right corner of the data source page to add data source filters to control what data is included in the data source.


See also

Set Up Data Sources – Add more data to this data source or prepare your data before you analyze it.

Build Charts and Analyze Data – Begin your data analysis.