Zip File Support

Use the Input Data Tool to select one or more data files stored within a .zip file. The following file formats can be read from a .zip file:

  • Streaming-compatible (read directly into memory): .avro, .csv, .json, .yxdb
  • Not streaming-compatible (extracted to hard drive temporary location): .cydb, .dbf, .kml, .grc, .grd, .qvx, .sas7bdat, .sav, .sz, .xlsm, .xlsx, .xlsx (legacy), .xls, .xml

Additional Information

  • If the files being extracted exceed 2GB, select the Allow Extraction of Files >2GB from the Input Data tool's Configuration pane.
  • Zip files are not supported in Alteryx Gallery.

Selecting files

When you use a tool to connect to a .zip file, the Extract File window opens.

  1. Select File Type to Extract: Alteryx will scan all files within the .zip file and generate a list of discovered formats. Select the format for Alteryx to display in the Files list.
  2. Select Files: Select one or more files to bring in to Alteryx.
  3. Click Open.
  4. Select Sheets from Excel Files: If you selected Excel files, select the sheets for Alteryx to read, and then click OK.
  5. To preview a file in a .zip file, click Update Sample in the Configuration window. The preview will only display if the .zip file contains a single .xlsx file with a single sheet.