Connect GitHub to Tableau: A Comprehensive Guide

Muhammad Faraz • Last Modified: October 19th, 2023

GitHub to Tableau

Are you finding it difficult to connect GitHub to Tableau? Do you feel exhausted after writing endless lines of code & still not succeeding?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

This article will answer all your queries. Follow our easy step-by-step guide to help you master the skill of efficiently connecting GitHub to Tableau and performing insightful analysis.

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  • Working knowledge of Tableau.
  • Tableau installed at the host workstation.
  • A GitHub repository.
  • A GitHub account.

Connecting GitHub to Tableau

The purpose of connecting any application with Tableau is to visualize the data for analysis. Tableau requires data to be in an analysis-ready format. The best way is to create a database or use an existing data warehouse, upload data to it, & then connect it with Tableau for data analysis.

Tableau provides good flexibility and easily connects with a large variety of data warehouses. Its feature of locally caching data to process the queries faster makes the process of handling slow databases a lot easier.

There are many data warehouses such as Google BigQuery, PostgreSQL, Amazon Redshift, etc. with which GitHub can connect in just a few steps. All data warehouses have their set of procedures to set up a successful connection.

You can connect GitHub to Tableau using the following steps:

Step 1: Extracting Data From Github Using Rest API

GitHub has a REST API that can be used to retrieve information about projects, repositories, pull requests, and just about every other kind of data that it stores. For example, to get information about an issue, you would make the call as follows:

GET /repos/:owner/:repo/issues/:number

Once you have issued the call, you would get an output as follows:

  "id": 1,
  "node_id": "ASD51DGGYH",
  "url": "",
  "repository_url": "",
  "labels_url": "{/name}",
  "comments_url": "",
  "events_url": "",
  "html_url": "",
  "number": 13,
  "state": "open",
  "title": "Found a bug",
  "body": "I'm having an issue.",
  "user": {
    "login": "oasd",
    "id": 1,
    "node_id": "MDdcsawNlcjE=",
    "avatar_url": "",
    "gravatar_id": "",
    "url": "",
    "html_url": "",
    "followers_url": "",
    "following_url": "{/other_user}",
    "gists_url": "{/gist_id}",
    "starred_url": "{/owner}{/repo}",
    "subscriptions_url": "",
    "organizations_url": "",
    "repos_url": "",
    "events_url": "{/privacy}",
    "received_events_url": "",
    "type": "User",
    "site_admin": false
  "labels": [

This is how you can extract data from GitHub using its REST API.

Step 2: Loading Github Data Into a Data Warehouse or Database

Once you have extracted data from GitHub, you need to select the desired destination to load this data and then connect it with Tableau to perform data analysis. Every database or data warehouse has its own set of steps that need to be carried out to connect successfully with Tableau.

If you’ve selected Google BigQuery as your destination, data can be loaded using the bq-command. This command also ensures that the schema & type information is correct. You can read more about loading data using this command and its limitations from the official documentation for Google BigQuery. 

Similarly, PostgreSQL offers various methods to upload data depending upon the quantity of data. Insert & copy commands are used to load data in PostgreSQL. The insert command is useful for loading data in smaller chunks whereas, for bulk uploads, the copy command is the better choice. For further information on loading data into PostgreSQL, you can check the official documentation of PostgreSQL.

There are many data-warehouses such as Snowflake, Amazon Redshift, etc. that you choose as your desired destination and load your GitHub data to connect with Tableau.

This is how you can load data from GitHub to your desired data warehouse or database.

Step 3: Connecting a Database/Data Warehouse to Tableau

Launch Tableau on your workstation and select more from the connect column on the left. This will open a new window, from where you can select your desired data warehouse or database.

You can even choose the ODBC option if you want to connect using the ODBC connector of a particular database or data warehouse.

ODBC Connection in Tableau.
Image Source: Elastic

To connect with Tableau, you need to provide the credentials for your desired database or data warehouse such as your username, password, server, port number, etc. to successfully connect and load data into Tableau.

For example, if you select Amazon Redshift as your data warehouse, you will see the following connection dialog box on your screen once you’ve selected it.

Amazon Redshift connection box- Connect Github to Tableau,
Image Source: Self

This is how you can connect GitHub to Tableau by first loading your Github data into a desired database or data warehouse and then connecting it with Tableau.


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