Learn more about the features in past Tableau releases. Many of the features below were inspired by our very own Tableau Community. If you have an idea for a new feature, we'd love to hear it! Please post your thoughts to the Tableau Ideas Forum.
Tableau 2020.3 brings powerful functionality to help scale your analytics, making trusted data more accessible to everyone. Highlights include write to external databases in Tableau Prep, grant license on sign in, and deeper integration with SAP.
Tableau Mobile for Workspace One (iOS)
Tableau Mobile for Workspace ONE is an update to the existing app that provides a quick and secure way to view, analyze and leverage the data in your organization. The new app, compatible with iOS13, includes a newer design that is faster and more intuitive, an improved search and browsing experience consistent with Tableau Server and Tableau Online, as well as enhanced offline capabilities that are quick to load and offer richness and interactivity for visualizations.
Support for Google BigQuery NUMERIC types
Take advantage of using Google BigQuery's NUMERIC data type without having to use CustomSQL, instead convert your NUMERIC type to DOUBLE.
Dashboard extension images
When you generate a .png or .pdf of a dashboard that you are viewing in Tableau Desktop, it will now render the Extension zone's image.
Create relationships between tables in your data source with more flexibility. You can now relate tables based on custom calculated fields, like concatenated fields or date truncation, and inequality operators. Additionally, we've improved the drag-and-drop experience in the data model.
Tag External Assets in Tableau Catalog
Make it even easier to find the right data by tagging external assets, including databases, tables, and columns.
Include embedded files in External Assets list
See every asset in your environment via External Assets, including files and tables that are embedded in workbooks. This provides a holistic view of what data users are leveraging outside of published data or content.
Tableau 2020.2 brings significant enhancements to help organizations through their analytics journey. Highlights include Metrics, set control, and enhancements to Tableau's data model with relationships to help you elevate your relationship with data.
View recommendations on Tableau Mobile
View recommendations are now on Tableau Mobile. Get personalized suggestions that instantly connect you to relevant vizzes on the go. Powered by machine learning, these recommendations leverage users' preferences and surface vizzes that others with similar viewing habits found interesting, and that are popular on your site. With the home tab, you can find recommendations in a dedicated channel on your Tableau Mobile App.
Combining data just got easier and more powerful. By visually creating logical relationships between tables, Tableau will only query the data relevant to your analysis at the right level of detail. Analyze complex data faster and with more confidence.
Activity feed improvements
See a viz in your activity feed you like? You can now add vizzes to your favorites directly from your Tableau Public activity feed.
Set actions improvements
Set actions just got even more powerful with two new selection modes. You can now incrementally add and remove values from a set by interacting with marks in the view, even after a selection is cleared.
Explore a viz in the browser
Want to see how a viz on Tableau Public was made? You can now explore a viz directly in a browser. Explore, make your own version, and save as a copy to your profile with automatic attribution to the original author.
SAP HANA connector improvements
We have improved our OData Connector which now supports S/4HANA. Additionally, users can now connect to an OData service URL to list all the feeds inside their service and can join those feeds together just as they would any other tables in a Tableau datasource.
Tableau 2020.1 includes exciting ways to add powerful interactivity to your data, bringing to life some of the most-requested features from the Tableau Community. Enjoy dynamic parameters, buffer calculations, and viz animations to tell even more powerful, moving stories behind your data.
Dashboard Extensions for Tableau Public
With extensions, you can create more customized visualizations. We are now supporting the Image Map Filter, Single Checkbox Parameters, and Filter Bookmarks extensions on Tableau Public. These extensions are available for download in our Extension Gallery.
Say goodbye to republishing workbooks with parameters every time the underlying data changes. Set your parameter once, and Tableau will automatically update the parameter’s list of values every time someone opens the workbook.
Customizable Discover Pane for Tableau Desktop
You can now customize the Discover Pane that appears on the start page in Tableau Desktop to show your own custom content instead of the content Tableau shows by default. Provide links and information specific to your organization to make it easier for your users to get started using Tableau quickly. Learn more about it here.
Buffer by distance calculations
Buffer calculations allow you to visualize the distance around point locations. Give Tableau three parameters—location, distance, and a unit of measure—and a buffer, or boundary is instantly created. Answering complex spatial questions becomes easier than ever before—visualize what properties are within 200 meters of a proposed transit site, or how many competitors’ stores are within 1 mile of their store, and more.
Play button in the browser
For workbooks using pages, press play directly in the browser to see how a given measure affects the rest of your data. Combine with Viz Animations for smooth, coherent transitions showing changes between states or over time.
Map improvements in the browser
Control more aspects of your map in the browser. Change background map styles, repeat backgrounds, map layers, and demographic data layers. In addition, the style picker dropdown makes it easier to find and distinguish between map styles.
2019.4 brings functionality to make it easier for customers to find, connect to, and analyze their data. Highlight features this release include significant table improvements, view recommendations for Tableau Server and Online, and Webhooks support to help further integrate and extend the Tableau platform.
Now, through a partnership with Alibaba, Tableau customers will be able to natively connect and analyze data in MaxCompute, AnalyticDB, or Data Lake Analytics.Read more about this partnership
Go to where a sheet is used
We’re making it faster to navigate larger, complex workbooks that contain multiple sheets. Easily view and jump to all locations in a workbook (dashboards, stories) where a worksheet is used.
Activity feed improvements
Filter your personalized Tableau Public activity feed by toggling between activity type. Favorites are now grouped together for the same viz.
SAP HANA connector improvements
Now when you connect to SAP HANA, leveled hierarchies utilized in calculation views will automatically be available in Tableau.
For customers using Kyvos, you can now natively connect and start analyzing your data. Available for Tableau Desktop and Tableau Server.
For customers using Presto, you can now take full advantage of the innovation of Qubole as a native connector. Available for Tableau Desktop and Tableau Server.
2019.3 brings new capabilities to help you and your organization do more with your data. Understand the “why” behind outliers with Explain Data, build trust in your data with Tableau Catalog, and operate at even greater scale with our new Tableau Server Management Add-on offering. Also enjoy enhancements such as encryption at rest, the ability to embed Ask Data, and the ability to connect to published data sources in Prep Builder.
Favorite from gallery
You now have the ability to save vizzes from the Tableau Public gallery to your personal collection of favorites, making them easily accessible when searching for inspiration.
Edit and save any of your Tableau Public vizzes directly in your browser. Any changes will be automatically updated in all embedded locations.
Spatial calculations: Distance
You can now easily measure the distance between two points, perfect for measuring the length of flight or shipping routes or driving proximity analysis around a store or hub.
Spatial calculations: MakePoint improvements
You can now convert projected coordinates for locations, which might be in feet or meters, into latitudes and longitudes that Tableau can visualize and use in spatial joins. For instance, the Seattle Police Department logs location data using a local projection in US Feet, and can now use MakePoint to convert it directly into useable lat/long coordinates.
ISO-8601 calendar default
You can now set the ISO-8601 calendar so your date parts default to the iso-equivalent of year, quarter, week, and weekday for better calendar-based analysis.
Parameter actions improvements
Parameter actions just got more powerful with three new aggregation functions: first quartile, third quartile, and concatenation. You also now have the option to create new parameters directly from the parameter action dialog.
2019.2 includes exciting new ways to interact with your data and new dashboarding capabilities that come together to make a big difference for a more precise, streamlined authoring experience. Enjoy parameter actions, vector maps, and a new way to browse your content on Tableau Server and Online.
Customizable reference line tooltips
You now have the option to customize tooltips for reference lines, bands, and distributions. Edit the tooltip text, or choose to disable the tooltip altogether.
Spatial calculations: MakePoint
You can now turn latitude/longitude values from text files, excel, or any data source into spatial fields and use them in spatial joins. With MakePoint, you can spatially enable text files and excel spreadsheets, making it easer to spatially aggregate your data.
Spatial calculations: MakeLine
You can now easily create two-point origin-destination maps, perfect for making flight maps of airline routes.
You now have the ability to visually change a parameter’s value. Use parameter actions to drive reference lines, calculations, filters, and SQL queries simply by interacting with marks on a viz, bringing visual interactivity to your data like never before.
PostgreSQL+PostGIS Spatial support
You will now be able to use spatial data directly from a PostgreSQL or Pivotal Greenplum database with the PostGIS extension. No need to export or pre-process the data before diving into it in Tableau. And perform more advanced spatial analysis with the ability to now leverage the spatial operations supported by the database.
Show/hide dashboard containers
Maximize screen real estate with the flexibility to toggle between visible or hidden for any floating container on your dashboard. Streamline what content viewers see, such as customizing instructions, filters, or legends to be hidden when they are no longer useful.
2019.1 includes the launch of Ask Data, an entirely new way to interact with your data in Tableau, as well as Tableau Prep Conductor, a new add-on to Tableau Online and Server that enables data preparation at scale by automating processes and flows. Also enjoy data-driven alert views, dashboard zone names, and URL action improvements.
Dashboard zone names
You now have the ability to assign a name to any item on a dashboard, helping to better organize multiple zones when looking at the layout tree.
Nested sorting improvements
Sorting just got more intuitive. You can now sort within multiple dimensions, making it easy to spot trends in your categorical data.
Url action improvements
Url actions can now target specific web zones in a dashboard, allowing authors the control to more seamlessly link to information that is hosted outside of their data source. Better integrate and add more meaningful content to your dashboard, and design more sophisticated app-like experiences.
Automatic dashboard phone layouts
Authoring mobile dashboard layouts just got easier. Tableau will now automatically add phone layouts to new dashboards, with ability to further customize them for specific use cases.
OAuth enabled for Snowflake Connector
We’ve significantly improved the Snowflake connection experience. The Snowflake Connector is now available across our entire platform and we have added native OAuth integration for both security and convenience.
Device layout preview on the web
Device dashboard design just got easier. You can now preview what your laptop, tablet, and phone layouts will look like directly in the desktop browser. Make any necessary formatting or content adjustments to your dashboards, and save knowing your mobile layouts are pixel perfect.
2018.3 includes heatmaps, set actions, new dashboarding capabilities such as dashboard buttons and transparent backgrounds, and multiple table storage for extracts.
We've brought a new action type to Tableau. Easily add navigation between sheets with the navigation action, now available as an option in the actions dialog.
Dashboard navigation button
Seamlessly navigate between dashboards with new dashboard buttons. A simple drag and drop creates a button that can navigate to a target dashboard, worksheet, or story. Customize the button with an image of your own, or add guiding tooltip text.
We’ve brought heatmaps, a powerful new mark type, to Tableau. With one click, turn millions of marks into a meaningful representation of your data. Understand where there are concentrations of points, and identify patterns in seconds—whether on a map or scatterplot.
Transparent worksheet backgrounds
We are bringing dashboard design to the next level with the ability to give worksheets completely transparent backgrounds. Unleash your creativity to build presentation-ready dashboards that are visually stunning and effectively highlight your analysis. Use with transparent filters, highlighters, and parameters for a consistent look across your entire dashboard.
ESRI Geodatabase, KML, and TopoJSON support
We now support new spatial file connections to ESRI File Geodatabases and TopoJSON files. We've updated the spatial file connector to support KML files with multiple layers.
Select what values are in a set by directly interacting with marks on a viz. Visually drive calculations and seamlessly achieve multi-faceted comparative analysis like proportional brushing.
2018.2 includes exciting dashboard formatting improvements, such as dashboard grids and automatic mobile layouts, as well as the launch of Tableau Services Manager (TSM).
Enjoy a more intuitive sorting experience. Sort dimension values within the context of each pane for better top- or bottom-n analysis of your data.
We know the details matter. Gridlines now appear as an overlay above dashboards to help with better visual alignment of dashboard elements. Toggle on or off as desired. See a preview of dashboard zones when moving their position for better layout alignment and design, and use keyboard arrows to nudge or resize.
Updated Japanese data and 2018 PA Congressional Districts
Updates and additions to Japanese geocoding data will allow you to geocode Japanese municipalities, wards, and 7-digit postal codes. We have also updated Pennsylvania Congressional Districts to 2018, allowing for up-to-date state and national maps of the upcoming US election cycle.
Cross-database join performance improvement
Enjoy faster performance on cross-database joins when combining a small file-based table with a larger database table.
Downgrade workbook improvements
Understand the impact of downgrading a workbook before you do it. When you choose to downgrade a workbook you will now see a prompt letting you know whether that workbook is fully compatible, if there are features that may be lost, or if that workbook won't work.
ISO-8601 standard weeks
We've brought ISO standard calendar support to Tableau. You can now use ISO-8601 defined weeks in calculations and visualizations for better calendar-based analysis.
2018.1 includes the launch of our powerful new data preparation product, Tableau Prep, as well as other exciting features including step and jump lines, Dashboard Starters for Tableau Online, and the ability to connect to data directly from the browser for a better web authoring experience.
Easier connector driver installation
Get to your data faster. Receive an upfront notification if you need to install a driver to connect to a specific data source from Tableau Desktop. Click the url to find and install the driver you need to get started with your data.
Analytic object guidance
Better understand when analytical objects are available based on the state of your viz. Disabled analytic objects now give guidance on how to update your viz to get them.
Additional clustering functionality
Saved clustering results are no longer static, letting you use clustering analysis in more places. You can use saved clusters in different sheets, and clusters now update when data is refreshed.
Connect to spatial data directly from SQL Server
Tableau can now connect to, and visualize spatial data stored in SQL Server. Use the spatial operations supported by SQL Server to generate advanced spatial queries, and leverage custom SQL to perform advanced spatial analysis.
Viz in tooltip improvements
You can now hide the sheets used for Viz in Tooltips, the same way you would for sheets used in Stories or Dashboards.
Improved hierarchy filtering
Tableau's filters now match the hierarchies in your data. Enjoy a more effective filtering experience, as well as improvements in hierarchy filter query performance.
10.5 includes the launch of Hyper, Tableau's in-memory data engine technology, as well as Tableau Server on Linux, viz in tooltip, and nested projects for Tableau Server and Online.
Analyze data from Box with a few clicks and get the latest data synched securely from the cloud.
We've added better geocoding support for cities in Southeast Asia, Central America, and South America. US postcodes have been updated with this year's most recent data.
Improved workbook version compatability
Now you can revert your workbooks to an older version with improved workbook version compatibility. Other users in your organization can open and edit a workbook even when they aren't using the latest version of Tableau Desktop (down to Tableau 10.2).
Automated Desktop license activation
Expanded virtual desktop support
Easily manage your Tableau license keys across non-persistent virtual machines. Licenses will expire and be added back to your license pool for reuse.
Hyper is Tableau’s new in-memory data engine technology, designed for fast data ingest and analytical query processing on large or complex data sets. With up to 3X* faster extract creation, you always have the latest data. Up to 5X* increase in query performance keeps you in the flow. Upgrading to Hyper is seamless; you can simply upgrade to Tableau 10.5 and no data migration is needed.
*Performance compared between Hyper and TDE using a mix of scenarios designed to reflect common customer uses cases. Customer results will vary.Learn more about Hyper
You can now nest projects within projects, and customize permissions at each level, or choose to use a top down permissioning structure. Now it's easier to organize your workbooks, so everyone in your organization can find what they are looking for.
10.4 focuses on data discovery with data source certifications and recommendations, as well as collaborative analytics with the introduction of discussions and viz snapshots. In 10.4, Tableau Desktop users who have upgraded can publish workbooks to older instances of Tableau Server (10.2 or higher), making it easier to deploy Tableau at scale.
Linear geometry shapefiles
Tableau now supports linear geometries in addition to polygon and point shapefiles. Easily visualize networks including roads and transportation routes with all the power of Tableau analytics. Join, filter, and visualize all your spatial file data.
Make your dashboards shine with precise control over borders, shading, and padding for any item. And, easily configure spacing properties on device layouts independently of one another.Learn more
Use deployed MATLAB models in Tableau for predictive insights, or pre-process your data using MATLAB and persist into a Tableau data extract for further analysis.
We've built ten times the number of cities into Tableau, and there is no longer a population threshold for cities in the US. Geocoding performance has also been improved.
Tableau fits seamlessly into your data virtualization strategy. With the new Denodo connector you can instantly connect to data that you've virtualized with Denodo.
Extract data from SAP BW
Quickly see the results as you create and interact with your viz. You can now use extracts with SAP BW for better analytical performance.
Presto connectivity with LDAP
Connect to Presto securely, thanks to version 0.167 compatibility using LDAP.
Connect WDCs to Spatial Data
Now your WDCs can import spatial data by connecting directly to GeoJSON including points, lines, and polygons. Things are definitely shaping up.
10.3 helps you better scale and manage analytics across the business, including data-driven alerts, smart table and join recommendations, and the introduction of Tableau Bridge.
Save time by bringing database tables together, right from Tableau Desktop. We've added database union support for more database technologies. You can now union tables from Aster Database, Cloudera Hadoop, Greenplum, IBM DB2, IBM Netezza, SybaseASE and SybaseIQ.
Web Authoring is even more powerful. Create Story Points and publish embedded data sources directly from the browser. You can drill up on continuous axes, change display options for maps, format numbers more easily, and create bins. Answering questions on the web has never been easier.
Stay on top of your business with data-driven alerts for Tableau Server. Choose a threshold to receive alert emails for yourself or your whole team.Learn how to set an alert with a few clicks
Enjoy new Story Points navigator options. A dots style has been added that streamlines the navigator, plus a new display toggle. This simplified experience makes it easy to create your data stories.
Smart table & join recommendations
Start your analysis faster with the right data. Tableau uses machine learning to recommend database tables and joins based on your organization's data source usage metrics.See how easy it is to find database tables and joins that are relevant to your…
10.2 helps you tackle complex geospatial analysis with Shapefile support and Python integration, as well as improvements to help prepare your data for analysis.
Get to your analysis faster with the ability to union tables from a SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, Postgres, Redshift, or HP Vertica database—right in Tableau Desktop. You can also union local JSON files.
Save time by formatting lines across an entire workbook with just a few clicks in Tableau Desktop.
See all your pills at a glance. Now you can see all your pills on the marks card without scrolling
Support for tagging data sources and views
Using the REST API, you can now add and remove tags on data sources and views, making automate and embed scenarios even better.
Get sites for users
We're making it possible to query the REST API to get a list of all sites you have access to.
We've added support for the current user to easily switch sites using the REST API.
Undo/Redo toolbar functions
Leverage your spatial files directly in Tableau for custom geospatial analysis. With spatial file support, it’s easy to incorporate custom geospatial data like census boundaries or natural resources into your viz. Connect to ESRI Shapefiles, KML, GeoJSON, and MapInfo file types.Learn how to use spatial files in your analysis
10.1 includes support for JSON and the ability to connect directly to Marketo data, as well as API improvements to help further extend the power of Tableau.
Drill-up on continuous date fields
Easily explore data hierarchies with the ability to drill back up on continuous fields in Tableau Desktop.
Analyze your local JSON data directly in Tableau. Bring government data, data from web APIs, and other popular JSON data sources right into Tableau with a few clicks.
Save time with wildcard unions. Union all files in a directory that match a specific condition, or all sheets in an Excel workbook. You can also union multiple Google Sheets workbooks with a few clicks.
Cube search for SAP BW
We've add a search box so you can easily find the table you need, even if it's hidden among similarly named tables that are hard to distinguish visually.
Calculated Parameters for SAP HANA
Analyze your SAP data faster. Use calculated parameters that evaluate SQL at runtime to get more relevant default values.
Default schema for SAP HANA
Tableau now automatically selects the SYS_BIC schema for you, letting you get to your analysis faster. You can also specify a different schema if needed.
Leverage parameters with more sources that support initial SQL including AWS EMR, MapR, Hive, Spark, HP Vertica, and more.
More SSL support
Leverage SSL support for Netezza and Teradata.
Google BigQuery improvements
Use level of detail calculations and enjoy faster validation of custom SLQ when connecting to Google BigQuery.
10.0 brings an entirely new look and feel to Tableau, with beautiful fonts and colors to make your dashboards shine. Also enjoy powerful analytics features including cross-database joins, drag-and-drop clustering, custom territories, and the new highlighter functionality.
On-demand connections in Tableau Desktop
When you open a published workbook, Tableau Desktop only connects to the data sources required to display the current sheet’s data. In other words, see your data a whole lot faster.
Improved browser performance
In Tableau 10, we are caching the initial workbook load to give you faster workbook performance. Enjoy speedier load times, instant updates based on your interactions, and more.
Quickly spot patterns and group your data with drag-and-drop cluster analysis.
Tableau 10 enables deeper understanding of your data with custom territories. Make maps of sales territories or simply explore your data regionally.Learn how to build custom territories
9.3 helps you analyze data and share findings faster with a new, delightful flow for publishing your data sources, workbook revision history, Union, and our Snowflake Data Connector.
Your Tableau Online and Tableau Server Dashboards load faster, thanks to fewer required panes.
Progressive dashboard load
Not having to wait for the entire dashboard to load means you can start analyzing your data sooner.
Display smooth tooltips in all Tableau Online and Tableau Server visualizations, regardless of complexity.
Make your worksheets easier to identify and group by adding color to the sheet tabs in the sheet-sorter and filmstrip views.
Separate your totals, subtotals and grand totals by excluding them from color-encoding.
Tableau is better equipped to take advantage of high-DPI displays on Windows computers.
Tableau automatically selects the best season length to help you forecast odd seasonal patterns and irregular time-series. You can also forecast values ordered by an integer dimension.
We’ve added postal codes for 39 European countries, districts in India, and US demographic data layers for 2016. We’ve also updated postal codes for UK, France, Germany, and the US.
9.2 brings Tableau to your fingertips with native iPhone support. Dive deeper into your geographical analysis with new mapping data and formatting options, and enjoy data preparation enhancements such as sub-table detection and data grid editing.
Out in the field? Tableau is location-aware. Find your location on a map.
Find the content you need faster with Faceted Search.
Integration with Mapbox gives you the ability to build gorgeous map backgrounds and add layers and context. Build the map your data deserves.
Tableau 9.2 comes with more geographical data built in, including updated US congressional districts, local name synonyms for world capitals, Japanese postal codes and more.
Map options dialog
Customize how people interact with your map with the new Map Options Dialog. Change display options for pan and zoom, map search, and the view toolbar.
Treemaps now show hierarchical data, by introducing borders around the first level of grouping.
9.1 includes new enterprise capabilities like Mutual SSL, Active Directory Sync, and expanded SAP support. It also brings a new version of our Tableau Mobile App, with experience enhancements, increased responsiveness, and offline snapshots.
Product update for desktop
Product Update ensures users have the latest maintenance release of Tableau Desktop, helping your organization stay secure. Learn more about using Product Update in the enterprise.
Web data connector
A new Web Data Connector lets you bring any web data source into Tableau. Find prebuilt connectors from Tableau and the community, or write your own.
Create and use Tableau Data Extracts across Tableau Desktop, Online, and Server. Our unified SDK lets you automate your workflow; connect to data, extract, and publish.
Connect to Amazon Aurora, a fast relational database-as-a-service from Amazon Web Services.
Google Cloud SQL
Connect to Google Cloud SQL, a feature-filled MySQL database hosted in the cloud.
Microsoft Azure SQL data warehouse
Connect to the Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse, a fully-managed petabyte-scale relational data warehouse-as-a-service.
Spark on Microsoft Azure HDInsight
Connect easily to your Microsoft Azure-hosted Spark cluster to enable analysts, developers and data scientists to interactively explore large data sets and data models.
Microsoft Azure SQL database
Connect natively to Microsoft Azure SQL Database, the relational database-as-a-service.
9.0 brings a new start experience in Tableau Desktop, as well as powerful features to keep your analysis in the flow, such as LOD expressions and a new calculation editor. Also enjoy performance improvements for significant increases in speed across your workbooks.
New start experience
A new start experience for a new generation of data exploration. Access training and see great work from the community right from the start screen.
Rich story points formatting
Great stories guide and captivate viewers. New formatting for Tableau Story Points helps you tell your story your way.
Quickly preview your sheets before using them for dashboards and stories.
A new Analytics Pane lets you drag reference lines, forecasts, trend lines, box plots, and other analytics right onto your view. This makes it quicker to ask deep questions of your data.
Select a subset of marks to see how its average, trend, or distribution compares to the whole.
Select a subset of marks to see how its average, trend, or distribution compares to the whole.