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Error "URL points to a website, not a web data connector" When Using Web Data Connector


Published: 01 Sep 2016
Last Modified Date: 27 Nov 2017

Issue

When using the Web Data Connector to connect to a web data source, the following error might occur:
URL points to a website, not a web data connector

Environment

  • Tableau Desktop 10.0.0
  • Web Data Connector (WDC)

Resolution

Make sure that you enter the URL of a web data connector, and not the URL of the data that you’re trying to connect to. 

Cause

A WDC is just an HTML page with JavaScript code that connects to web data (for example, by means of a REST API), converts the data to a JSON format, and passes the data to Tableau.
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