Error "The pipe has been ended" After Upgrade

Published: 15 Aug 2014
Last Modified Date: 30 Oct 2014


After you upgrade to the 8.2.1 or later versions of Tableau Desktop or Tableau Reader, and try to create new extracts or open/interact with workbooks connected to extracts, the following error might occur:

An error occurred while communicating with data source '<data source name>'.
The connection to the data source might have been lost.

Tableau Data Engine Error: 8: The pipe has been ended.
 - IPC_NamedPipe::Recv(ReadFile)


  • Tableau Desktop 8.2.1 - 8.2.3
  • Tableau Reader 8.2.1 - 8.2.3


Option 1

Upgrade to Tableau Desktop or Tableau Reader 8.2.4 or a later version. For more information, see Tableau Reader or Upgrading Tableau Desktop in the Tableau Knowledge Base.

Option 2

Use live connections instead of extracts. For more information, see Connect to Data in Tableau Help.


This behavior is a known issue that has been corrected in more recent releases.
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