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Relative Path Instead of Full Path for Flat Files


Published: 21 Mar 2018
Last Modified Date: 27 Mar 2018

Issue

Unable to use a relative path for flat file data source like Excel instead of the full path

Environment

  • Tableau Desktop
  • File-based data sources, e.g. Excel, Access, text files (.csv, .txt, etc.)

Resolution

A possible workaround is to use packaged workbooks (.twbx), so that the flat file is packaged together with the Tableau workbook. For more information about creating .twbx workbooks, see Packaged Workbooks.

Cause

The ability to use relative path for a file-based data source not currently built into Tableau Desktop.
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