Tableau Reader License

What’s Tableau Reader?

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Tableau reader is a free desktop application provided by Tableau. It is required to read and interact with Tableau Packaged Workbooks.

You can download your copy of Tableau Reader here.

Tableau reader retains the ability to interact with visualisations created in Tableau desktop, but will not allow connections to data which can be refreshed. Hence it is useful for reporting data when a snapshot of the data can be created – such as end of month reporting to your clients for example.

Tableau Reader License

To create packaged files which can be distributed to users of Tableau Reader, you simply use ‘Save As’ from Tableau Desktop – and select ‘Packaged Workbook’:

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It is only possible save files as packaged workbooks if the data source chosen is suitable. This means one of the following:

  • Excel
  • CSV
  • Tableau data extract

You cannot use multi dimensional sources (analysis services for example).

I’ll post another time on using extracts – but that’s the way to make packaged workbooks when you are using data sources such as SQL server.

Good luck


Tableau Desktop

A PC based tool that translates data into optimized visual images to see patterns, identify trends, and quickly discover visual insights. Users can shift between views with drag-and-drop technology and drill down to see additional details. It’s a self-service analytics tool that can be used by anyone. The software connects to your base data and generates queries for a quick visual display. You can connect to live data, data warehouses, spreadsheets, or blend different data sources together.

  • Required to build the data connections and visual images and dashboards
  • PC Named User License (can be used on up to two devices)
  • Requires license product key provided with purchase. Licensing requests can be submitted to [email protected]

Tableau Server

A server based resource anyone can use via browser or mobile solutions. Tableau Desktop is used to publish worksheets and dashboards to Tableau Server to share throughout the enterprise or for your use only. It provides live interactive dashboards which can be embedded in enterprise portals. Answer unexpected questions as they happen, filter data, or drill down to find your answers.

Tableau reader license requirements
  • Required to share visual images and dashboards across the enterprise
  • Enterprise Site License
  • Licensed and Maintained by Information of Technology Services

Tableau Reader

Tableau Reader is a free desktop application used to open and view visualizations built in Tableau Desktop.

  • Used to view visualizations built in Tableau Desktop
  • Free from Tableau

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