Connecting Tableau to a Db2 database

These instructions explain how to connect Tableau to the a Db2® database and apply to Tableau Desktop version 8.x, but you can use similar steps for other Tableau tools.

Before you begin

Before you can connect to your database, you must carry out the following steps:
  • Verify prerequisites, including installing driver packages, configuring your local environment, and downloading SSL certificates (if needed)

  • Collect connect information, including database details such as host name and port numbers, and connect credentials such as user ID and password


  1. In Tableau Desktop, open the window or page in your tool that is used to define a database connection.
  2. From the start page, click Connect to data.
  3. From the Data Sources list, select the data source or driver to use for your database connection. In the On a server section of the list, select IBM DB2.
  4. From the IBM DB2 Connection window, enter the connection information by using the following table.
    Tableau field a Db2 connections information field
    Step 1: Enter a server name Host name
    Step 2: Port Port number
    Step 3: Enter a database on the server Database name
    Username User ID
    Password Password
  5. Click Connect to establish the connection. Tableau offers several options for connecting to your data. To make full use of the Db2 database, choose the Connect Live option.