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Release 5.0.1



Through the Create Connection window, you can create and edit connections between the Designer Cloud Powered by Trifacta platform and remote storage.

NOTE: From the Import Data page, you can only create or edit connections to sources from which Designer Cloud Enterprise Edition can read. Publish-only connections must be created through the Connections page, from which you can create any supported connection type.

NOTE: In your environment, creation of connections may be limited to administrators only. For more information, please contact your Alteryx administrator.

Tip: Administrators can edit any public connection.

General Connection Notes:

  • After you create a connection, you cannot change its connection type. You must delete the connection and start again.
  • Connections can be created, managed, shared, and deleted through the Connections page. See Connections Page.

Database Connection Notes:

  • Database connections cannot be deleted if their databases host imported datasets that are in use by  Designer Cloud Enterprise Edition. Remove these imported datasets before deleting the connection.
  • Jobs created for datasets sourced from a database cannot be executed on a Hadoop-based running environment.

    NOTE: Please execute jobs from database connections on the Alteryx® Server running environment. Other running environments are not supported for these sources. 

Connection Type


Figure: Connection Type window

In the Connection Type window, you search or browse for the type of connection to create. 


  • Use the Search bar to perform real-time searches of connection types. 
  • Click one of the categories to browse for connection types that apply to the listed environment.
  • Select the type of connection to continue:
    • Import only - Connection can be used only to import data into the platform.
    • Publish only - Connection can be used only to publish data from the platform to the connection target. 

      NOTE: Publish-only connections must be created through the Connections page. See Connections Page.

    • Import and publish - Connection can be used to import data and to publish your outputs. 

NOTE: Some connection types may not be available. For example, you can create only one global Hive connection. If it has been created, the Hive connection card is disabled.

For more information on these connections, See Connection Types.

Create Connection

Figure: Create Connection Window

HostHost of the database.

Port by which to access the database host.

Default values are pre-populated based on the connection type you selected.

Connect String Options

(optional) If access to the database requires special connection string options, you may paste or enter them here.

You only need to provide the parameter and string value. For example, if a configuration file includes the following:

"connectStrOpts": ";transportMode=http;httpPath=cliservice"

You enter the following here:


For more information, see CLI for Connections.

Enable SSL

To connect using SSL, click this checkbox.

NOTE: If this checkbox is not present, SSL connections for this type are not supported or are required.

SSL connections are not supported for SQL Server or Hive.

SSL connections are required for Redshift and SQL DW.

No additional Connect String Options are required for supported database vendors.

NOTE: The database must be configured to receive SSL connections.

Service Name(Oracle only) Name of the service. For example, enter orcl here.
Database(PostgreSQL only) Name of the database to connect. The name of the default database is the username, so you should change this value in most cases.
User Name

Username to access the database. This value is encrypted by the Designer Cloud Powered by Trifacta platform for security.


Password for the specified user. This value is encrypted by the Designer Cloud Powered by Trifacta platform for security.

Test Connection

When the above properties are specified, click Test Connection to validate that the Designer Cloud Powered by Trifacta platform can connect to the database.

If the connection fails, your administrator may need to install a keyfile. See Enable Relational Connections.

Advanced Options: Default Column Data Type Inference

You can choose to enable or disable type inferencing for individual connections, when the connection is created or edited.

The default setting for this parameter is defined at the global level. For more information, see Configure Type Inference.

Connection Name

Display name of the connection, which appears in the application.

NOTE: This value must be unique among all connections.

Connection DescriptionUser-friendly description for the connection, which appears in the application.

When you've finished, click Ok to save the connection.

After you have created your connection, run a simple job on data sourced from it. For more information, see Verify Operations.

NOTE: You can make the connection available to all users by sharing it through the Connections page. See Connections Page.

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