Tableau 9.3 Beta Is Here

By Ryan McShane January 18, 2016

Say hello to Tableau 9.3 beta. Tableau 9.3 helps you analyze data and share findings faster, with powerful features like our Connected Desktop experience, Union, and our Snowflake Data Connector. Let’s take a look.


We prioritized sharing and collaboration in Tableau 9.3, and you’ll notice it as soon as you open Tableau Desktop. Tableau Desktop remembers your Tableau Online or Tableau Server connection and signs you into the last server you used. That means no more signing in every time you want to publish a dashboard. We’ve also improved the workbook publishing process, with Replace Data Source on Publish and other flow improvements. Now you can publish dashboards faster, with greater control over your data sources.

Self-Service @ Scale

Even the most brilliant dashboards lose their magic if they can’t be found. To find dazzling dashboards, Tableau Online and Tableau Server have smarter search. Search takes dashboard usage metrics into account; you’ll see more popular workbooks and views first. Plus when you hover over a workbook, a pop-up sparkline shows the number of views over time. Now you can see what’s hot and what’s not.

You don’t need to stress when your latest company sales dashboard breaks in the final days of the quarter. With Workbook Revision History, simply roll back to the previous version.

And for Tableau Server managers, we have new tools like Low Disk Space Monitoring and Automatic Extract Recreation. These tools help you be more proactive, freeing up valuable time so you can watch more cat videos…or solve strategic business problems.


You asked and we listened. Union is here. With Union, you can combine data from Excel or a text-based data sources that have been split across multiple files or tables into a single Tableau data source. Also look for Create Groups and Bins and Join on Pivot Columns in the data grid in Tableau 9.3. Now you can get straight to your analysis instead of manually combining individual sheets. This was a hot topic on our Ideas forum, with more than 200 votes across two related ideas.

Tableau builds connectors to some of the newest and most innovative data products around. Now you can connect directly to Snowflake Elastic Data Warehouse with our Snowflake Data Connector. We’ve also improved our existing data connectors including Initial SQL Support, OAuth support, and Kerberos authentication for Teradata and PostgresSQL. Our data connector investments ensure that you have high performing direct connections to your important data sources.

Fast & Easy

The little things are important. With every release, we listen to your feedback, making small improvements across Tableau for a more delightful experience. Tableau 9.3 comes with forecasting enhancements, and common database drivers are now included in the primary Tableau Desktop installer to streamline the installation process. We’ve also made some important performance improvements including Single-Pane Optimization and Progressive Dashboard Loading.

When Will Tableau 9.3 Be Out?

We have a timeline for getting Tableau 9.3 out the door, but we’d first like to get solid usage in beta and fix any bugs. We want your feedback as early as possible to catch any issues and ensure the new features are great. The features included in beta and in the final version of Tableau 9.3 may change over time as we get feedback from beta users.

Want to Join the Beta?

Check out our beta program to learn more and sign up. Not all functionality described above is available today. Some features will be added in the coming weeks. The beta program is available for existing Tableau customers. Customers with an active maintenance license can upgrade for free when Tableau 9.3 is released.

Learn More about Tableau 9.3

Tableau 9.3 Has Arrived
We Sweat the Small Stuff in Tableau 9.3
In Tableau 9.3, Start Interacting with Your Dashboard While It Loads
Stay in the Flow with Tableau Online 9.3
Publishing Data Sources Just Got Easier in Tableau 9.3
Stay Connected with Auto Sign-In in Tableau 9.3
Say Hello to Versioning in Tableau 9.3
Dude, Where's My Workbook?
Introducing Initial SQL with Parameters in Tableau 9.3
See the New Server Management Tools in Tableau 9.3
Combine Your Data with Union in Tableau 9.3


Submitted by James Turner (not verified) on

I am current user of Tableau 9.0 and I'm very interested in learning more about Tableau 9.3.

Submitted by Robert M. on

Revision History. Excellent!

Submitted by Mersedeh Mobini (not verified) on

Have never used Tableau, want to know more about direct connect to SAP/BW architect, how dose your software pull data from BW? can it get live connection to update existing data, new data to SAP/BW source?


Submitted by Pietro Luigi G. on

Hello Mersedeh
Tableau SAP BW connector uses the OLE DB for OLAP provider and issues live queries to SAP BW using the MDX query language, so you will always connect to the latest data.
You can find more info about Tableau and SAP here:

Kind regards

Submitted by Mark Holtz (not verified) on

Anything around enhancement of performance with Stored Procedures--those are still killing us... What takes 1 hour to return in MS SQL Server Management Studio takes 3 or 4 hours to return the same SP output in Tableau...

Submitted by Ryan M. on

Yes, Tableau 9.3 includes hi-def monitor improvements. The improvements cover squishing and overlapping of UI elements on the base layer of the app. Lists, buttons, the start screen, in viz tooltips tabs and other UI elements will also see improvements. We're still working hard on scaling of icons, in viz controls, and several dialogs. Check out this thread to learn more:

Submitted by Tom D. on

Thanks Ryan. Good to know. (Can't access the link though, says I'm not authorised - despite being logged in.)

Submitted by Nagraj chepuri (not verified) on

Whola..... union btwn multiple datasources is here....
i can bet this will make many ppl`s lives easy ... awesome thing !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
thanks a ton :)

Submitted by chaitali (not verified) on

firstly i want to thank u guys for coming up with these new's really amazing specially the union feature.
Secondly i want to raise a concern on the data.we have to deal with large number of data in tableau and for this reason tableau gets hanged.Still now people are refering to the cognos tool for data.If it possible that in tableau also we can allow huge volume of data,then am sure tableau will rule the market all in all.

Submitted by Kyle Rourke (not verified) on

Great to see Snowflake as a native DB option. Thank you Tableau for being such an awesome partner!!!!

Submitted by Alex Biller (not verified) on

I can't wait to begin using Snowflake and Tableau!

Submitted by Kuni T. on

Snowflake native support is a very impressive news. I am looking forward to Tableau 9.3.

Submitted by Heyward Drummond (not verified) on

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Submitted by Raoul L. on

any chance you can post the "corrupt or invalid" file workaround here online? I want to use the union feature tonight if I can.

Submitted by Amrith Kandlur (not verified) on

I have already registered and am ready to provide a lot of feedback from 9.3 beta, however, I have not recieved any download instructions yet!

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Submitted by Abhishek T. on

is there anything related to muti-value parameters in this new version ?

Submitted by Alejandro A. on

Do you know if it's already possible to make the Union at Data Source level between different Excel files in the 9.3 Beta??? I am trying to find how, but I cannot manage...

Submitted by Marc D (not verified) on

Is there also going to be a better solution to the Trusted Authentication? When your web applications run in Mesos cluster, there are quite a large number of hosts that need to be trusted. Even specifying a subnet would be an acceptable workaround.

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Submitted by Kristine (not verified) on

Can I file created in 9.3 be opened in 9.0?

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