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MySQL Connections


This feature may not be available in all product editions. For more information on available features, see Compare Editions.

You can create connections to one or more MySQL databases from the Alteryx Analytics Cloud. For more information on MySQL, see


You can create connections to databases of this type that are managed by your enterprise or are hosted in cloud infrastructure. The required configuration is the same. The cloud-based version is labeled on Amazon RDS. In the Create Connection dialog, you can search for that term.

If you are connecting the Alteryx Analytics Cloud to any relational source of data, such as Redshift or Oracle, you must add the Alteryx Service to your whitelist for those resources. See Whitelist Platform Service.

Supported Versions: 5.7 and 8.0 Community

  • Read: Supported

  • Write: Supported


To create this connection:

  • In the Import Data page, click the Plus sign. Then, select the Relational tab. Click the MySQL card.

  • You can also create connections through the Connections page.

  • See Connections Page.

Modify the following properties as needed:




Enter your fully qualified hostname. Example:


Set this value to 3306.

Connect String Options

Insert any additional connection parameters, if needed. See below.

User Name

Username to use to connect to the database.


Password associated with the above username.

Test Connection

After you have defined the connection credentials type, credentials, and connection string, you can validate those credentials.

Advanced options: Default Column Data Type Inference

Set todisabledto prevent the platformfrom applying its own type inference to each column on import. The default value isenabled.

Advanced options: Enable SSH Tunneling

If available, the SSH tunneling options allow you to configure SSH tunneling authentication between the Trifacta Application and your database.


SSH tunneling is available on a per-connection basis. It may not be available for all connections.

For more information, see Configure SSH Tunnel Connectivity.

Connection Name

Display name of the connection

Connection Description

Description of the connection, which appears in the application.

Connection URL

The properties that you provide are inserted into the following URL, which connects the Alteryx Analytics Cloud to the connection:


Connect string options

The connect string options are optional. If you are passing additional properties and values to complete the connection, the connect string options must be structured in the following manner:



  • <prop> : the name of the property

  • <val> : the value for the property


  • &: all additional property names must be prefixed with an ampersand (&).

  • = : property names and values must be separated with an equal sign (=).

Default connect string options

The following connect string options are specified by default.


These options should not be overridden or modified.

The following connect string option requires the driver to use cursor-based fetching to retrieve rows.


Enable TLS (SSL)

You can insert the following connection string option to enable secure (TLS) connectivity with the MySQL server. Please note the TLS version numbers in the string listed below:


Set time zone

When data is imported from MySQL, the connector performs time zone adjustments to imported Datetime values.


By default, the MySQL driver adjusts the imported data to be represented in the time zone into which it is being read. If you are located in GMT -08:00, all data is rendered that your Alteryx user reads into the application through the MySQL connector is adjusted to this time zone.

These adjustments are performed in either of the following cases:

  • The MySQL server is configured with a canonical time zone that is recognizable by Java (for example, Europe/Paris, Etc/GMT-5, UTC, etc.).

  • The server's time zone is overridden by setting the Connector/J connection property serverTimezone.

In the latter case, you can specify the override time zone to apply as part of the connection string:


The following value sets the time zone of imported data to be UTC:


For more information on this behavior, see

Driver Information

This connection uses the following driver:

Create via API

This connection can also be created using the API.

  • Type: jdbc

  • Vendor: mysql

For more information, see Designer Cloud Powered by Trifacta: API Reference docs


Error message



Unable to connect to host. Please verify the host and port values.


Credentials failed to connect. Please verify your credentials.


Click the Test Connection button to verify that your credentials are working properly.

Error: zero date value prohibited

Set the following option in the connect string options:


Prepared statement needs to be re-prepared.

Database Cursor is not compatible with PREPARED statements in MySQL. The fix is to set the following in the Connect String Options:


SSLHandshakeException: No appropriate protocol (protocol is disabled or cipher suites are inappropriate)

SSL ciphers need to be enabled. For more information, see "Enable TLS (SSL)" above.

For more information on error messages for this connection type, see


For more information, see Database Browser.

Data Conversion

For more information on how values are converted during input and output with this database, see MySQL Data Type Conversions.