Unable to Connect to Google Earth KML Files

Published: 21 Aug 2013
Last Modified Date: 15 Aug 2016


Unable to connect directly to Google Earth Keyhole Markup Language (KML) files.


  • Tableau Desktop
  • Keyhole Markup Language (KML) Files


The best way to use KML data in Tableau Desktop is to convert the KML file to a CSV file. Several tools exist for converting KML files to CSV files, such as the KMLCSV Converter.

Note that when importing files for custom geocoding, Tableau will ask you to specify a folder. Tableau will then import all files from the specified folder. It is a best practice to create a new folder that contains only the CSV files and use it in the import.


KML files use an XML format that Tableau cannot process. 

Additional Information

  • Connecting directly to Google Earth is not a feature currently built into the product. To voice your support for the inclusion of this feature in a future product release, add your vote to the Mapping - GeoJSON & KML idea on the Community Forum.
  • Keyhole Markup Language
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