Connect to Turbot Pipes from Tableau

Tableau is a visual analytics platform that is "transforming the way we use data to solve problems."

Steampipe provides a single interface to all your cloud, code, logs and more. Because it's built on Postgres, Steampipe provides an endpoint that any Postgres-compatible client -- including Tableau -- can connect to.

The Connect tab for your workspace provides the details you need to connect Tableau to Turbot Pipes.

Once you've tested the connection to Turbot Pipes, you can browse the tables provided by your Steampipe plugins, run queries, and build dashboards.

You can also connect Tableau to Steampipe CLI. To do that, run steampipe service start --show-password and use the displayed connection details.

Steampipe service is running:
Host(s): localhost,,
Port: 9193
Database: steampipe
User: steampipe
Password: 9a**-****-**7e
Connection string: postgres://steampipe:9a**-****-**7e@localhost:9193/steampipe

Getting started

Tableau is available on the desktop and the cloud. The examples here use Tableau Online, so start by creating an account there if you don't already have one.

Create a Tableau Project called Steampipe. In the project, create a workbook. On the Connect to Data screen that pops up, click Connectors → PostgreSQL and enter your Turbot Pipes connection info. Require SSL is unchecked by default and that's OK, it's also OK to check it.

Now drag the aws_cost_by_service_daily table from the sidebar to the canvas, then click Update Now. Tableau displays the table's schema, and previews the data.

Summarize and chart one AWS table

Switch from the workbook's Data Source tab to its Sheet 1 tab. Drag the Blended Cost Amount column to the Rows shelf, and the Period Start column to the Columns shelf.

The Period Start indicator defaults to YEAR. Open its dropdown and choose the second Day option which reports full dates. Tableau charts the daily sums of costs for all your AWS services.

Publish the workbook as daily cost for all AWS services, and check Embed password for data source.

Use Tableau-enhanced SQL

Now create another new workbook in the project. Repeat the steps to connect it to Turbot Pipes, and again drag the aws_cost_by_service_daily table to the canvas.

This time, open the aws_cost_by_service dropdown and choose Convert to Custom SQL.

In the Convert to SQL editor, replace code with the following.

service =
order by

Then click Insert Parameter → Create a New Parameter. Name the parameter Service, set its type to String, for Allowable Values chose List, click Add Values From, and choose Service.

Click OK, then (if necessary) edit the Convert to SQL text so it reads like so.

service = <Parameters.Service>
order by

Click OK. Then visit the Sheet 1 tab, choose Parameters → Service → Show Parameter.

The sheet now has a chooser for AWS services.

As before, drag Blended Cost Amount to the Rows shelf, drag Period Start to the Columns Shelf, and set Period Start to day.

Tableau charts the selected service.

Publish the workbook as daily cost for selected service, again with Embed password for data source.

Send alerts

Open the project (Explore → Steampipe), reopen the daily cost for all AWS services workbook, reopen Sheet 1, and click Watch → Alerts.

Select the Blended Cost Amount axis.

Then click Create and fill in the details: Condition, Threshold, etc.


With Tableau and Turbot Pipes you can:

  • Summarize, filter, and chart the tables in your Turbot Pipes workspace

  • Create interactive widgets driven by data in those tables

  • Send query-driven alerts