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Unable to Connect to Google Earth KML Files


Published: 21 Aug 2013
Last Modified Date: 04 Mar 2017

Issue

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

Environment

  • Tableau Desktop 10.1 and earlier versions
  • Keyhole Markup Language (KML) Files

Resolution

Option 1: 

Upgrade to Tableau Desktop 10.2 or a newer version. For more information, see Upgrade Tableau Desktop

Option 2: 

Convert the KML file to a CSV file, for example using a third party tool such as the KMLCSV Converter, and import it as custom geocoding.

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.

Cause

The ability to connect to KML files was added in Tableau Desktop 10.2.
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