Enable Tableau Catalogue

Tableau Catalogue (Link opens in a new window) discovers and indexes all of the content on your Tableau Online site or Tableau Server, including workbooks, data sources, sheets, metrics and flows. Indexing is used to gather information about the content, or metadata, about the schema and lineage of the content. Then from the metadata, Catalogue identifies all of the databases, files and tables used by the content on your Tableau Online site or Tableau Server.

Catalogue is available with the Data Management Add-on. For more information, see About Data Management Add-on.

In addition to Catalogue, metadata about your content can also be accessed from both the Tableau Metadata API(Link opens in a new window) and the Tableau REST API using Metadata Methods(Link opens in a new window).

Catalogue on Tableau Online

Catalogue is automatically enabled when Tableau Online is licensed with the Data Management Add-on.

After your Tableau Online site has been licensed with the Data Management Add-on, the content that already exists on your Tableau Online site is immediately indexed. The time it takes to index the content depends on the amount of content you have. After the content is initially indexed, Catalogue monitors newly published content and other changes to assets and continues to index in the background.

Troubleshoot Catalogue

You or your users might encounter one of the following issues when using Catalogue.

Timeout limit and node limit exceeded messages

To ensure that Catalogue tasks that have to return a large number of results don’t take up all system resources, Catalogue implements both timeout and node limits.

  • Timeout limit

    When tasks in Catalogue reach the timeout limit, you and your users see the following message:

    Showing partial results, Request time limit exceeded. Try again later.” or TIME_LIMIT_EXCEEDED

  • Node limit

    When tasks in Catalogue reach the node limit, you and your users see the following message:

    NODE_LIMIT_EXCEEDED

Disable Catalogue

As a Tableau Online site admin, you can disable Catalogue by turning off its capabilities.

Turn off Catalogue capabilities

(Requires the Data Management Add-on)

You can turn off Catalogue capabilities at any time. When Catalogue capabilities are turned off, the features of Catalogue, such as adding data quality warnings or the ability to explicitly manage permissions to database and table assets, are not accessible through Tableau Online. However, Catalogue continues to index published content and the metadata is accessible from the Tableau Metadata API and metadata methods in the Tableau REST API.

  1. Sign in to Tableau Online using your site admin credentials.

  2. From the left navigation pane, click Settings.

  3. On the General tab, under Tableau Catalogue, clear the Turn on Tableau Catalogue tick box.

Stop indexing metadata

Indexing cannot be stopped for a Tableau Online site.

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