OAuth for Connector Developers

IMPORTANT: OAuth for plugins is available in Tableau 2021.1 and newer. Multi-IDP config for plugins is available starting in Tableau 2023.1.

This document explains how to add OAuth to a connector. It’s meant for developers. For an explanation of OAuth configuration and usage see OAuth Config.

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How to Enable OAuth for a Plugin Connector

First check your database and driver documentation to make sure it supports OAuth.

To enable OAuth for your connector add an <oauth-config> field in the manifest.xml and link to an oauthConfig.xml you created, described below.

For a complete example please refer to https://github.com/tableau/connector-plugin-sdk/tree/master/samples/scenarios/snowflake_oauth.


  <?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8' ?>
  <connector-plugin class=...>
    <dialect file='dialect.tdd'/>
    <oauth-config file='oauthConfigPing.xml'/>    <!-- add this to to define your OAuth Configs -->

Starting in Tableau 2023.1, you can add multiple embedded OAuth configs. The end users may also provide their own custom OAuth config. However in both cases, at least one embedded config is still required. We are currently working to remove this requirement. See issue 1108.


  <?xml version='1.0' encoding='utf-8' ?>

  <connector-plugin class=...>
    <dialect file='dialect.tdd'/>
    <oauth-config file='oauthConfigPing.xml'/>
    <oauth-config file='oauthConfigOkta.xml'/>

In your connectionFields.xml file make sure to add an authentication field with a value equal to oauth. For example:

OAuth Only

    <field name="authentication" label="Authentication" category="authentication" value-type="string" editable="false" default-value="oauth" />

Multiple Authentication Options

    <field name="authentication" label="Authentication" category="authentication" value-type="selection" default-value="auth-user-pass" >
            <option value="auth-user-pass" label="Username and Password"/>
            <option value="oauth" label="OAuth"/>

In your connectionProperties.js file you need to use your connector specific logic to handle how to pass in OAuth attributes. Example:

  if (authAttrValue == "oauth")
      params["AUTHENTICATOR"] = "OAUTH";
      params["TOKEN"] = attr["ACCESSTOKEN"];

In your connectionResolver.tdr file, the following related OAuth attributes will be automatically included so you do not need to define them:

You still need to define other required attributes for your connector; authentication and username are currently required for OAuth connections so make sure to add them as well.


Multiple Embedded OAuth Configs

Available starting in Tableau 2023.1

The plugin developer may add multiple embedded OAuth configs to the plugin starting in Tableau 2023.1. Each should have a new element <oauthConfigId>. This should be unique and is displayed in the UI. The user will be prompted to select from the available configurations when creating a connection.


Instance URL/Custom Domain

Some IDPs have a single global endpoint, such as https://accounts.google.com/o/oauth2/. Others have different instances, for example Okta would have a different instance URL for each customer. If your authorization server or IDP has different instances, then either:

If OAUTH_CAP_SUPPORTS_CUSTOM_DOMAIN is enabled, then the URIs/URLs should use relative paths. For example: