You can access prebuilt data connectors from your Tableau Desktop. Simply go to the Start page
and navigate to the Connect
pane on the left side. You will see what data sources can Tableau connect to by default.
In the Search for Data
section, there is a Tableau Server tab that allows finding data using Tableau Server or Tableau Cloud.
Below you will see supported file and server types in the corresponding sections. The servers you've recently connected to will be highlighted.
By clicking More
you will be able to see the complete list of data connectors provided by Tableau. Among them, you will find Microsoft Access, Amazon Redshift, Azure SQL Database, Google Analytics, OData, SAP Sybase IQ, Spark SQL, etc. The full list of native Tableau Connectors you can find here
The developer advises using native connectors (those you can find under the Connect section) for supported files and databases as they are designed specifically for those data types. Otherwise, you can opt for Other Databases (JDBC), Other Databases (ODBC)
, a Web Data Connector
, or a Connector Plugin
built using the Tableau Connector SDK
to create a connector according to your requirements. But the main disadvantage of these kinds of connections is the limited support provided by the company, unlike Tableau-supported connectors.
In other words, you will be fully responsible for linking the apps and fetching your data.