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Use Tableau to access, visualise and analyse datasets loaded in Spice.

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The Tableau platform

Install Tableau Desktop

Download and install Tableau Desktop.

Download and install the Flight SQL JDBC driver

JDBC (Java Database Connectivity) is a standard way to connect to, and interact with a database. The Flight SQL driver is a JDBC driver implementation that utilizes the underlying Flight SQL protocol, allowing any program that connects via JDBC to seamlessly connect and interact with databases that support Flight SQL. Because Spice supports Flight SQL, this driver acts as a bridge, enabling Tableau to establish a connection with Spice, execute queries, and retrieve data.

  1. Download the Flight SQL JDBC driver
  • Visit the Flight SQL JDBC driver page
  • Select the Versions tab
  • Click Browse next to the version you want to download
  • Click the flight-sql-jdbc-driver-XX.XX.XX.jar file (with only the .jar file extension) from the list of files to download the driver jar file
  1. Copy the downloaded jar file into the following directory based on your operating system
  • Windows: C:\Program Files\Tableau\Drivers
  • Mac: ~/Library/Tableau/Drivers
  • Linux: /opt/tableau/tableau_driver/jdbc
  • Start or restart Tableau

Configure a Spice connection

  1. Open Tableau
  2. In the Connect column, under To a Server, select Other Databases (JDBC).
  3. Provide the following configuration:
  • URL: jdbc:arrow-flight-sql://
  • Dialect: PostgreSQL
  1. Ensure Spice is running
  2. Click Sign In

Working with Spice datasets

Once connected, Spice datasets will be listed under the datafusion.public schema.


Tableau support is currently in alpha, and not all functionality is supported. Use New Custom SQL to start working with Spice datasets as shown below.