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March 7, 2017

Tableau Tip Tuesday: How to Export a CSV from a TDE

Super simple, yet very useful tip this week. Here's the scenario:

  1. Someone sends you a TDE
  2. You need the raw data, but the file wasn't provided

Getting the data out is much simpler than you think.

Step 1 - Connect to the TDE

Step 2 - Add Number of Records to the Text shelf

Step 3 - Right-click on the text in the worksheet and choose View Data...

Step 4 - In the View Data window, click on the Full Data tab at the bottom.

Step 5 - Click the Export All button on the upper right

This will save all of the data as a CSV. That's it! I told you it was simple.


  1. Thanks for all your posts about Tableau! We also added "Export to CSV..." option on data sources in 10.2.

  2. Is there some reason why either option doesn't always export the full number of rows? I have a ~13M rows in a TDE but can only get 800k-1.3M rows at a time

    1. Not sure. Why would you ever want to export 13m records from a TDE anyway?