Load Metadata from a File System

Last modified: September 01, 2020

Use the File System Loader to upload metadata to Alteryx Connect from files in a specified local or network directory.

Review Loader Requirements

The Alteryx Connect Loaders must be installed on the machine where Alteryx Server is installed. To install the loaders:

  1. Download the loaders installer. For compatibility, the Loaders installer version must match the Alteryx Connect version.
  2. Run the installer as an administrator.

Open the Loader

  1. Open Alteryx Designer.
  2. Select Help > Sample Workflows > Alteryx Connect Metadata Loaders > Files Loader > Files Loader.

Run the App

  1. Select Run as Analytic App Run as analytic app button.
  2. In the Files to load tab:
    • In Path to load, type the directory path that contains the data files to load into Alteryx Connect.

      This must be an absolute network path, such as  \\file-server\marketing\data.

    • In Files to load, type a comma-separated list of file types to load.
    1. In the Alteryx Connect tab, type the URL for your Alteryx Connect instance and your credentials. 

    2. Before running the app, select Save button and save the app configuration to the following directory:

      The .yxwv app values file is used for scheduling the loader to run in the Gallery. See Schedule Metadata Loaders.

  3. Select Finish to run the app.

    Depending on how much metadata is being imported, the app can take a long time to run.

    • If the run succeeds, "Success" appears in the App Results window.
    • If the run fails, a "There were Errors" message appears.

View the Metadata

  1. Go to the Alteryx Connect URL and log in.
  2. From the main menu, select Data Sources > Files your-computer-name.
  3. Select a folder to view its contents.
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