Error "This File Is Too Large to Be Exported." When Extracting Data From Google Sheet

Published: 14 Aug 2019
Last Modified Date: 21 Jul 2020


When attempting to extract data from Google Sheet, the following error may occur:

There was an error communicating with Google Sheets.

Invalid connection: Tableau could not connect to the data source.
The Google Sheets service reported an unrecognized error while processing this request.
This file is too large to be exported.


  • Tableau Desktop
  • Google Sheets


A possible workaround is to connect to a copy of the affected Google Sheets workbook with any large sheets removed.


The ability to connect to Google Sheets greater than 10 MB is currently not built into the product.

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