Error "There Was a Problem Connecting to the Data Source “Clipboard_xxxx”. Error Code: 88A6ADA0" When Publishing a Workbook

Published: 27 Mar 2023
Last Modified Date: 31 Mar 2023


When publishing a workbook, the following error messages appear.

Unable to complete action
There was a problem connecting to the data source “Clipboard_xxxx”.
Error Code: 88A6ADA0
File: /User/<username>/Documents/My Tableau Repository/Datasource \Clipboard_xxxx.txt not found. Please edit the connection
An error occurred while communicating with the data source
Bad Connection: Tableau could not connect to the data source.
Error Code: 3C3E8425
An error occurred when publishing the workbook.
A data source for this worksheet cannot be accessed.



  • Tableau Desktop
  • Tableau Server
  • Tableau Cloud


Tableau Desktop has a feature to copy and paste the data directly into your workbook. If the "Clipboard_xxxx" data source is unintentionally added by pressing Ctrl+V (or Command+V on Mac) on Tableau Desktop, please select Menu>Data>"Clipboard_xxxx">Close to delete the "Clipboard_xxxx" data source.


A new connection with the clipboard data may have been added unintentionally.
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