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Load Metadata from an HDFS Server

Use the HDFS Loader to upload metadata to Alteryx Connect from a specified HDFS Server.

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 > HDFS Loader > HDFS Loader.

Run the App

  1. Select Run as Analytic App Run as analytic app button.

  2. In the HDFS tab:

    • Server: Choose which technology you are using.

      • Enter your Host URL.

      • To use a port other than the default, select Custom and enter your Custom Port number.

    • Authentication: Enter your User Name and Password.

    • Loader options:

      • Path: An absolute path to load. Leave blank to load the full structure.

      • Files to load: A comma-separated list of file types to load. Leave blank to load all file types.

        Supported file types include .csv, .xls, .xlsx, .yxdb, .xml, .twb, .tde, and .arvo.

    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.

    • If the run succeeds, "Success" appears in the App Results window.

    • If the run fails, a "There were Errors" message appears.

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

View the Metadata

  1. Go to the Alteryx Connect URL and log in.

  2. From the main menu, select Data Sources > Files.

  3. Select a folder to view its contents.