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Connection Setup Considerations

When you establish database connections, take these considerations into account.

Guided Connection Setup

Guided connections do not require native syntax. The passwords are processed to match the standards of the database connection type that is being established. Enter passwords normally.

SQL Server

SQL Server passwords do not support the use of 3 consecutive pipes.


Oracle passwords do not support the use of double-quotes.

Manual Connection Setup

Manual connections require native syntax. Alteryx cannot manage the formatting of the string because these connections are entered without selecting a database type. Enter passwords with native syntax.

For more information on the syntax required by a specific database type, read the sections below.


In order to create a System connection, you must run Alteryx Designer as an Administrator.

Microsoft SQL Server

  • Enclose the string in curly brackets.

  • Escape any right curly bracket with 2 consecutive right curly brackets.

For additional requirements, go to SQL Server Database Password Requirements.


  • Enclose the string in double quotes.

  • Do not use double-quotes within the string.

For additional requirements, go to Oracle Database Password Requirements.