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How to get data source details without opening data source in Tableau Desktop


Published: 20 Nov 2018
Last Modified Date: 18 Dec 2018

Question

How to get data source details without opening data source in Tableau Desktop.

Environment

  • Tableau Desktop
  • Windows

Answer

Option 1: Using extraction tool such as 7-Zip
  1. Download data source if published
  2. Right click on the *.tdsx file
  3. Select 7-Zip > Extract files
  4. Select a location and click OK
  5. Go to the extracted folder
  6. Right click on the *.tds file and open it in a text editor (for example in Notepad++)
  7. Details are displayed
Option 2: Using Windows extraction 
  1. Download data source if published
  2. Right click on the *.tdsx file and select Rename
  3. Replace *.tdsx with *.zip
  4. Click OK
  5. Right click on the file and choose Extract All
  6. Select a location and click OK
  7. Go to the extracted folder
  8. Right click on the *.tds file and open it in a text editor (for example in Notepad++)
  9. Details are displayed
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