This article describes how to connect Tableau to an OData data source. Tableau connects to OData V1, V2, and V4.
Before you begin, gather this connection information:
- Server URL for the data you want to connect to
- Sign-in credentials (user name and password), if required
Start Tableau and under Connect, select OData. For a complete list of data connections, select More under To a Server. Then do the following:
In Server, type one of the following:
- A service URL to access all feeds inside the service.
- A feed URL to access a specific data feed.
- From the Authentication dropdown, select the authentication mode for this connection.
- If you select Username and Password, also type a username and password.
- Otherwise, select No Authentication.
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.
- In Server, type one of the following:
On the data source page, do the following:
(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.
Note: If you publish the data source to Tableau Server or Tableau Online, the data source name is limited to 255 characters. Longer names cause a
Select the sheet tab to start your analysis.
After you select the sheet tab, Tableau imports the data by creating an extract. For more information about extracts, see Extract Your Data. Note that Tableau Desktop supports only extracts for OData.
The OData connector supports only extracts, which means that some OData V4 functionality is not supported; for example, interactive query arguments such as
Tableau supports these OData versions and formats:
OData V1 and V2 – We support OData XML/Atom format for feed responses.
OData V4 and V4.01 – We support OData-JSON format for feed responses.
Tableau assumes metadata documents for all supported OData services are in XML format.
Collection-valued properties are not supported. Tableau interprets them as nulls.
Tableau can't guarantee that using a third-party OData service or feed with will result in successfully connecting and extracting data. Tableau provides a basic level of customer support with troubleshooting third-party OData connections. Tableau customer support doesn't have access to Apache Olingo library so you will need to see your system administrator for in-depth OData troubleshooting.