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Alteryx Designer Ideas

Share your Designer product ideas - we're listening!

Built-In Data Cache Functionality

The one single feature I miss the most in Alteryx, is the possibility to restart the workflow from wherever I want by using a built-in cache functionality. I have used the 'Cache Dataset V2' macro, but it really is to inflexible and really doesn't make me a happy Alteryx user. I would like to se a more flexible, quicker way of working with cached data.


On a single tool in the workflow I want to be able to set the option to:


  • Enable cache
    This would enable me to always use cached data from this node when possible

  • Run to this node
    Run from start OR from node with enabled cache to this node.


There should be lots of workflow options regarding the creation/deletion of cached data. Examples:


  • Enable data cache on all nodes
    This would enable functionality to always use cached data on all nodes in the workflow

  • Enable data cache on end nodes
    This would enable functionality to cache data on all 'Run to this node'-nodes.

...and so on. These are just a few examples, but there should be lots of options and shortcut keys revolving the cached data functionality in the workflow.


Hey @AR


I believe this is similar to some other ideas posted:


It may be worth adding your idea to one of these two, so that we can bring these together into one request (since they are essentially targeting the same need)?





I agree. This is a much needed functionality at my workplace.

Status changed to: Accepted

Is there any update on this?  I believe a feature like this will carry a lot of weight in terms of convincing SAS users to like Alteryx.


Hey @AR - this was actually demonstrated on-stage at Inspire as being part of the next release - so not long now!



Status changed to: Coming Soon

Thanks for all the input and suggestions @AR and @kpuser!


We did give folks a sneak peek of this at Inspire this year to drum up some excitement. I'm excited to announce that a version of caching will be included in our Alteryx version 2018.3 release!


Stay tuned. We'd love to hear what you think and how we can build on this in the future.

Alteryx Partner

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Status changed to: Implemented

Caching's live in 2018.3!


Thanks for pushing this one up on the priority list for us. We hope it will help streamline your workflow development and rapid prototyping use cases.