Create a Cloud File Connector

The cloud file boilerplate is a connector that ingests large file-based comma separated values (CSV) data with loadCsvData Fetch API and built-in taco file parser.

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To create your connector, we recommend that you first create a sample cloud file connector from the boilerplat and edit the generated files. It’s easier to get all the files and directory structure your connector needs by just using an existing example.

To create your cloud file connector, do the following steps.

Step 1: Create a boilerplate React connector

  1. Enter the following command to create the connector:

    taco create my-cloud-file-connector --boilerplate cloud-file 

    This creates a directory with the cloud file data boilerplate code, which is included with the toolkit.

  2. Change directories to the my-cloud-file-connector directory.
    cd my-cloud-file-connector
  3. Build the connector by entering the following command:

    taco build

    This command clears any previous or existing build caches, then installs the dependencies, then builds the frontend code and the backend code (handlers), then copies the connector.json file (the configuration file).

Step 2: Configure your connector’s properties

In your new cloud file connector directory, find and open the connector.json file.

  "name": "my-cloud-file-connector",
  "displayName": "Cloud File Sample Connector",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "tableau-version": {
    "min": "2023.3"
  "vendor": {
    "name": "vendor-name",
    "support-link": "",
    "email": ""
  "permission": {
    "api": {
      "https://*": [
  "auth": {
    "type": "none"
  "window": {
    "height": 800,
    "width": 600

Make the following changes:

  1. Change the general properties.

    Name Value
    name Your connector’s directory name
    displayName Your connector’s name. This is the name that appears in Tableau connectors area.
    version Your connector’s version
    min The earliest Tableau version your connector supports
  2. Change the company properties.

    Name Value Your company name Your company’s URL Your company’s email
  3. Change the permissions.

    Name Value
    permission.api The URI for the API that the connector is allowed to access, along with the methods (POST, GET, PUT, PATCH, DELETE) that the connector is allowed to use.
  4. Change the authentication type.

    Name Value
    auth.type Accepted values are api-key, basic-auth, custom, none, and oauth2.

    For more information about authentication, see the Authentication section in the Considerations for Building Your Connector topic.

  5. Change the HTML pane size.

    Name Value
    window.height The height of the connector HTML pane
    window.width The width of the connector HTML pane

Step 3: Edit the user interface

When you open a web data connector in Tableau, the connector displays an HTML page that links to your code and to your connector’s handlers. Optionally, this page can also display a user interface (UI) for your users to select the data that they want to download.

The /app/components/ConnectorView.tsx file is the main component for the connector UI. You can modify or replace this file based on your connector UI requirements.

Step 4: Edit the connector object

The /app/components/useConnector.ts file contains a custom React hook that abstracts common connector object operations. The hook creates a connector object. A component can:

The following is the code in userConnector.ts file for the connector creation.

const [connector] = useState<Connector>(
    () =>
      new Connector(
        (_: Connector) => {
'Connector initialized.')

          setConnectorState({ ...connectorState, isInitializing: false })
        (_: Connector, error: Error) => {
          Logger.error(`Connector Initialized Error: ${error.message}`)
          setConnectorState({ ...connectorState, errorMessage: error.message, isInitializing: false })

Step 5: Update the fetcher file

If your data is complex and needs preprocessing, use the TACO Toolkit library to prepare your data. The following is the default code that the /handlers/LoadCsvDataFetcher.ts files uses to get the data:

import { Fetcher, FetchUtils } from '@tableau/taco-toolkit/handlers'

export default class LoadCsvDataFetcher extends Fetcher {
  async *fetch() {
    const csvDataUrls = [

    for (const url of csvDataUrls) {
      await FetchUtils.loadCsvData(url, {
        trimColumnHeader: true,

Step 6: Build your connector

Enter these commands to build, pack, and run your new connector:

taco build
taco pack
taco run Desktop