Error: "com.tableausoftware.jdbc.TableauJDBCException..." When Connecting with Amazon Athena

Published: 25 Jul 2017
Last Modified Date: 15 Jan 2020


After connecting Tableau Desktop to Amazon Athena, the following error message might occur appears: 

There was a Java error
Unable to connect to the server “athena.[region]”. Check that the server is running and that you have access privileges to the requested database.


  • Tableau Desktop
  • Amazon Athena


Option 1

Work with your IT team to confirm that the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) Console is set to the most up-to-date policy..

Option 2

A similar error will also occur when not using the correct version of Java with their driver on Mac OSX. Newest Java version can be downloaded here: Java SE Runtime Environment Downloads


The required permission (that runs the query) might not be granted.
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