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Trifacta Dataprep


If you licensed Dataprep by Trifacta before Oct. 14, 2020, you are using the Dataprep by Trifacta Legacy product edition. On October 14, 2022, this product edition will be decommissioned by Google and will be no longer available for use. Current customers of this product edition are encouraged to transition to one of the product editions hosted by Alteryx. See Product Editions.



This section describes how to enable SSH tunneling between the Trifacta application and your cloud-based database infrastructure. When this feature is enabled and properly configured, users connect to your databases through a more secure manner.

Security concerns:

  • Credentials are stored in a secure database table. 
  • Calls through the SSH tunnel happen with each API request to the platform. When the call has been satisfied, the connection is closed. 
    • For asynchronous calls to the database, the connection is not left open during the asynchronous execution of the request.


  • This feature is not available for some connections.

  • SSH key-pair must be generated in the legacy OpenSSH format. The new OpenSSH format is not supported. Instructions for generating the legacy format are provided below.


  • You must have credentials to access the SSH tunneling for each connection type. 
  • You must whitelist the Trifacta Service on your database server. For more information, see Whitelist Platform Service.


You can enable the SSH tunneling check box and configure the advanced options. 

NOTE: SSH tunneling is enabled on a per-connection basis. If enabled for a connection type, the SSH options appear under the Advanced options in the connection window.

These properties are available when you create the connection. After you have specified the connection including SSH tunneling options, you should test the connection. 

For more information, see Create Connection Window.

Basic Properties

SSH tunneling host

If you are using SSH tunneling, please specify the SSH host for tunneling into your infrastructure.

Advanced Credential TypeDepending on the type, you must specify the properties for the credentials to use to connection. See sections below.

SSH Tunneling Basic

SSH Tunneling User Name

(optional) Username with which to authenticate to the SSH tunnel.

In some environments, a username may be optional.

SSH Tunneling PasswordPassword for the username

SSH Tunneling with Key

NOTE: Use of an SSH key that requires a passphrase is not supported.

SSH Tunneling User Name

(optional) Username with which to authenticate to the SSH tunnel.

In some environments, a username may be optional.

SSH Tunneling SSH Key

Key used to access the SSH tunnel.

NOTE: This key must be generated in legacy OpenSSH format. See below.

Generate SSH key

Please use the following command to generate an SSH key from the node where the database server node:

ssh-keygen -t rsa -m PEM


When you have configured SSH tunneling properly, all users of the connection use the SSH configuration to access the targeted database.


When a connection is shared with credentials, the SSH authentication credentials are also shared. For more information, see Share a Connection.

See Also for Configure SSH Tunnel Connectivity:

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