Designer 2018.2 Release Notes

Last modified: December 22, 2020
Release Note Product Versions
Version Release Date Release End of Support
2018.2.4.47804 May 31, 2018 Major December 1, 2019
2018.2.5.48994 July 5, 2018 Minor January 5, 2020
2018.2.6.51223 August 16, 2018 Minor February 16, 2020

New Features

Data Sources

  • Apache Spark on Databricks supports in-database connections in a Databricks cluster.
  • Snowflake supports bulk write-only support for standard and in-database connections.
  • MySQL supports in-database connections.
  • You can now use the Input Data tool to select one or more data files stored within a GZip (.tar.gz) file.
  • You can write spatial objects to .tde and .hyper files.


  • The Apache Spark Code tool, previously known as the Spark Code tool, now uses Apache Spark on a Databricks cluster.
  • The predictive tools now use R version 3.4.

Additional Enhancements

  • The Alteryx Designer 2018.1 user interface is now available in Japanese. You can also access the online Designer Help in Japanese by clicking the Help link in Designer or by pressing F1.
  • The Python SDK is now generally available for use in constructing the run-time of custom Alteryx tools.
  • You can save multiple workflows as a workflow group, which can then be opened as one workflow group file (.yxwg).
  • You can select a default font for tools by going to Options > User Settings > Edit User Settings > Localization.
  • You can select three or more tools and right-click to distribute the tools evenly, either horizontally or vertically on the canvas.
  • You can update Connect credentials from the asset tool.
  • You can save all open workflows at the same time by pressing Ctrl + Shift + S.
  • You can save all open workflows at the same time by pressing Ctrl + Shift + S.
  • You can hover over a workflow tab to see the file path for where that workflow is saved.
  • We have added fourteen new tutorials, which are available from the Help > Tutorials menu.
  • We have added several new one-tool examples, including: Base64 Encoder, Block Until Done, Dynamic Input, Field Info, and Message (in the Developer tool category) and File Browse (in the Interface tool category).

New Data Connectors

As of June 13, eight new data connector tools can now be downloaded from the Data Sources district in the Alteryx Analytics Gallery.

  • ADL File Input and ADL File Output tools (Azure Data Lake Store)
  • Dynamics CRM Input and Dynamics CRM Output tools
  • OneDrive Input and OneDrive Output tools
  • Google BigQuery Input and Google BigQuery Output tools

Fixed and Known Issues


Major Release Version 2018.2.4.47804

ID Description Version Issue Status
DE12511 The Python SDK uses only the main interpreter to resolve a threading error and runs an exec command after initialization to resolve a path compilation error. 2018.2.4.47804 Fixed
DE14439 An issue preventing the installation of Python packages during .yxi package installation has been fixed. 2018.2.4.47804 Fixed

Minor Release Version 2018.2.5.48994

DE15614 An issue with some Predictive tools caused by different versions of Admin and Non-Admin installations of Alteryx on the same machine has been resolved. 2018.2.5.48994 Fixed
DE16045 The registry key to re-order encryption options has been resolved for non-admin users. 2018.2.5.48994 Fixed

Minor Release Version 2018.2.6.51223

DE17157 Issues found in sample data files have been corrected. 2018.2.6.512234 Fixed


ID Description Version Issue Status
DE14190 Reports generated by the predictive tools that are more than nine records render a blank screen. 2018.2.4.47804 Known
DE14257 Port numbers cannot be specified when adding a Promote Connection in Designer. 2018.2.4.47804 Known
DE14964 When laptops using multiple monitors are undocked, floating windows on the secondary monitor are lost. 2018.2.4.47804 Known
DE15261 Empty browse tools used with another browse tool with data, will populate with the data of the populated browse tool. 2018.2.4.47804 Known
DE15565 A tool made with the Python SDK cannot have spaces or special characters in the name. 2018.2.4.47804 Known
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