Display Database Stored Images

Published: 17 May 2018
Last Modified Date: 05 Aug 2020


When connected to a SQL database containing image data, the images do not display in Tableau Desktop.


  • Tableau Desktop
  • MySQL


As a possible workaround, one of the following strategies may allow the images to be displayed.
  1. Import the image or reference it via a URL for use as a background image (like in the attached example).
  • Drop all the images in the \My Tableau Repository\Shapes folder and display them as custom shapes.
  • Write a simple app which pulls/displays an image-as-webpage from SQL, and then use URL Actions and the "Web Page" object inside Tableau to display the webpage showing the image.


The ability to reference and display SQL stored image data in Tableau Desktop is not currently built into the product.
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