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Tool Mastery | Input Data

Community Content Engineer
Community Content Engineer

Input Data.pngThis article is part of the Tool Mastery Series, a compilation of Knowledge Base contributions to introduce diverse working examples for Designer Tools. Here we’ll delve into uses of the Input Data Tool on our way to mastering the Alteryx Designer:

  

 

The Input Data Tool is where it all starts in the Designer. Sure, you can bring in webscraped or API data with the Download Tool (master it here) and our prebuilt Connector Tools, but the tool that makes it a breeze to grab data from your most used file formats and databases is the Input Data Tool. Behold:

 

 

  • Input any supported file format with a simple file browse:

 

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Done and done. Once the input file is selected you can preview the incoming dataset in the tool’s configuration menu.

 

 Be sure to look into saving your database connections as aliases for quicker input later on!

 

 

You can also use the Input Data Tool with a wildcard (*) to input multiple files of the same schema from a single directory. Learn how to use the wildcard and input tables of different schemas here.

 

Looking for more dynamic inputs? We’ve got you covered with the Dynamic Input Tool! Master it here.

 

Note: If you’re sharing workflows with inputs, be sure to export if the recipient doesn’t have the same input file on their computer already.

 

By now, you should have expert-level proficiency with the Input Data Tool! If you can think of a use case we left out, feel free to use the comments section below! Consider yourself a Tool Master already? Let us know at community@alteryx.com if you’d like your creative tool uses to be featured in the Tool Mastery Series.

 

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Comments
Meteoroid

I'm trying to use the Pre SQL Statement to limit the importation of data to improve load time.

1) Do you have an example of a Pre SQL Statement?

2) What is the best methodology to limit the importation of data when it's a simple filter? 

Hi @Eric227,

 

You don’t need to use the preSQL statement to accomplish limiting.  If you look at the first line under the connection drop down box there is a parameter option called “Record Limit” you just need to type in a numerical value and it will limit the record pull for you.  

This article is part Lesson 2 of the "Getting Started with the Alteryx Designer" curriculum.  You can find a link to the curriculum at the bottom of the Academy Overview page here: https://community.alteryx.com/t5/Overview/bd-p/academy-overview.   If you do the "Connecting to Data" tutorial, you can find the links to the 3 "Read about" items listed for lesson 2.  I'm finding the curriculum very helpful.