Error "Microsoft JET database engine cannot open the file" Connecting to Excel Files on Sharepoint

Published: 12 Jun 2014
Last Modified Date: 02 Sep 2016


When connecting to Microsoft Excel files stored on Sharepoint, the following error may occur:

TableauException: Microsoft JET database error 0x80004005: The Microsoft Jet databse engine cannot open the file. <UNC path to file>
It is already opened exclusively by anothe ruser, or you need permission to view its data. Unable to connect to the Microsoft Excel file.



  • Tableau Server
  • Sharepoint


Ensure the Microsoft Excel file is stored in Sharepoint's local file system in a location the Run As user has permissions to access.


The Excel file is stored in Sharepoint's SQL Server Content database, and does not have a physical file path.
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