Build number

10500.17.1226.1925


Release date

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


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Installation Guide
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What's New

This list is a summary of new feature information. For additional details and help on the features listed below, see What's New in Tableau.

Install and Deploy Tableau


Activate Tableau Desktop from the command line

When you install Tableau Desktop from the command line you can now activate the product without having to complete the activation process through the user interface. Instead add a single command line that includes the installer option ACTIVATE_KEY "key". During the installation process, the installer will run -activate and apply the license key you provide to activate the product automatically. For more information about installing Tableau from the command line, see Deploy Tableau Desktop.

Turn off driver downloads from the command line (Windows)

When you install Tableau Desktop the most common drivers are automatically installed for you. To prevent all or some of these drivers from installing automatically, you can turn off that option during install.

To prevent all drivers from being automatically installed, do one of the following:

  • During install, from the Installer screen, click Customize. Then clear the Install database drivers: Microsoft SQL Server, PostreSQL and Amazon Redshift check box.
  • From the command line, set DATABASEDRIVERS = "0"

To prevent one or more of these drivers from being automatically installed, do the following:

  • Leave the Install database drivers: Microsoft SQL Server, PostreSQL and Amazon Redshift check box selected, or from the command line, set DATABASEDRIVERS = "1"
  • Add a command line and set DRIVER_MSSQL, DRIVER_POSTGRES, or DRIVER_REDSHIFT to "0"

For more information about installing Tableau from the command line, see Deploy Tableau Desktop.

Desktop operating system requirements (64-bit replaces 32-bit)

Starting with version 10.5, Tableau Desktop, Tableau Reader, and Tableau Public (desktop) run only on 64-bit operating systems. Version 10.4 is the last version of Tableau Desktop, Tableau Reader, and Tableau Public to support 32-bit Windows operating systems.

Connect to and Prepare Data


Extracts use the new .hyper format

Beginning with version 10.5, when you create an extract, it uses the new .hyper format. Extracts in this new format take advantage of the improved data engine, which supports the same analytical and query performance as the data engine before it, but for even larger extracts. Similarly, when you perform an extract task on a .tde extract using version 10.5, the extract is upgraded to a .hyper extract. For more information, see Extract Upgrade to .hyper Format.

Google authentication method update

Starting in October 2017, Google's updated security requirements changed the connection workflow for some Tableau connectors. Now Tableau opens at tab in your external default browser when connecting to data that uses OAuth authentication. The connectors affected are Google Sheets, Google BigQuery, Google Analytics, Dropbox, OneDrive, and Box.

New Box connector

Use the Box connector to connect to Box data. For more information, see Box.

Support for SSL authentication to IBM DB2 and BigInsights databases

You can now connect to IBM DB2 and IBM BigInsights databases using SSL authentication. For more information, see IBM DB2 and IBM BigInsights.

Use the Extract API

You can use the Extract API 2.0 to create .hyper extracts. For tasks that you previously performed using the Tableau SDK, such as publishing extracts, you can use the Tableau Server REST API or the Tableau Server Client (Python) library. For refresh tasks, you can also use the Tableau Server REST API. For more information, see Tableau Extract API.

SAP HANA support for failover

Tableau supports connecting to a server that’s configured for failover. For more information, see SAP HANA.

SAP Sybase ASE support for SSO

You can now connect to SAP Sybase ASE data using single sign-on (SSO). For more information, see SAP Sybase ASE.

Support for OData V4

You can now connect to OData V4 data connections. For more information, see OData.

Design Views and Analyze Data


Show visualizations in tooltips

As you craft views and look for ways to reveal more details about data to your audience, you can embed visualizations within tooltips—aka "Viz in Tooltip." As users hover over a mark, the tooltip displays relevant data and details from another visualization filtered to that mark. When you show related views in tooltips, you can help your audience engage with the data at a deeper level, while keeping them in the current context and maximizing the space available for the current view. For details, see Create Views in Tooltips (Viz in Tooltip).

Power trend lines

When you add trend lines to a view, a Power option is now available. For related details, see Add and Edit Trend Lines and the "Power" model type in Trend Line Model Types.

Map data updates and additions

In Tableau 10.5, additional cities are available for South East Asia, Central America, and South America.

Demographic data updates including 2018 to 2023 statistical projections are now available.

U.S. Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA) and Metropolitan Statistical Areas

(MSA) are up to date with 2015 definitions.

Updates are now available for U.S. postcodes.

Additionally, the following updates are now available for China:

  • The areas of Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai and Tianjin no longer contain city-level districts in the Administrative level 2/County geographic role.
  • Administrative level 2 features in China (prefecture-level cities, prefectures, leagues, autonomous prefectures) are considered cities in Tableau. The center points of these areas are included in the City geographic role as well.
  • Additional cities such as Tiemenguan are now included in the City geographic role.
  • Names for Administrative level 1 & 2 features are now consistent with names published by the People’s Republic of China’s National Bureau of Statistics.

Extend dashboard dimensions to 10,000 pixels

To optimize designs for very large screens or vertical mobile layouts, you can now extend dashboard width and height to 10,000 pixels.

Publish Data Sources and Workbooks


Downgrade workbooks in Tableau Desktop

If you upgrade a workbook in Tableau Desktop to a newer version, you can now downgrade it to a previous version so that users who are using Tableau Desktop 10.2 and later can still open the workbook. To downgrade the workbook, in Tableau Desktop select File > Export As and select the version that you want to downgrade to. Then save it to your My Tableau Repository or a selected location. The downgraded workbook can be opened in the version selected and later. Any features not available in that previous version will be removed when the workbook is downgraded. For more information about version compatibility, see Make Workbooks Compatible Between Versions.

Note: This feature is not available for workbooks that include a Tableau Data Extract that has been refreshed in 10.5. The extract will have been converted to use the new .hyper format and this format can't be downgraded back to a .tde format.

New in Web Authoring


  • Edit axes on the web. To open the Edit Axis dialog box on the web, double-click an axis in the view. Options available from the Edit Axis dialog box include Synchronize dual axes, clearing the axis range (Reset), and editing tick marks. You can also enable or disable Dual axis in a field context menu (right-click a measure field on Rows or Columns shelf).
  • Add text objects to dashboards and edit them.
  • Edit worksheet and dashboard titles. Double-click the title to open the Edit Title dialog box.
  • Edit trend lines and view a description of the trend model. To view the trend model, hover over any part of the trend line. To edit a trend line on the web, click a trend line and hold the cursor in place, and then click the Edit menu.
  • Trend lines now include a Power option.
  • Create hierarchies by dragging one dimension onto another in the Data pane.
  • Set the default color property for a field.
  • For quantitative color legends, advanced settings are available (dates not included).

Collaborate with Tableau Online and Tableau Server


Upload custom images for user profiles

By default, users and groups now have profile images that reflect their first two initials. To help you visually distinguish between profile types, user images are circular, while group images are square. User profiles support custom images. To upload one, go to your account settings page, and click the current image or initials next to your name. If your organization uses Active Directory, default profile images come from that system. But two-letter images may briefly appear until Active Directory next synchronizes with your Tableau server.

Subscribe users in groups, and add custom messages

To quickly subscribe several users, you can select entire groups created by your Tableau administrator. Each user in a group is subscribed independently, so the list of recipients remains fully customizable. You can also add custom messages to subscription emails, clarifying their contents. For more information, see Subscribe to Views.

Rename workbooks on Tableau Online or Tableau Server

There's no need to republish workbooks just to rename them. Now you can rename workbooks directly on Tableau Online or Tableau Server. When you do, workbook URLs remain the same, so any links you've shared keep working. Navigate to the main Workbooks area, click the pop-up menu in the upper-right corner of a workbook, and select Rename. To rename a workbook, users need the Save permission. You'll have that by default for workbooks you own, but you might need to add it for other users. For details, see View or Edit Permission Rules in Help for Tableau site administrators.

Learn more about Tableau product releases

Tableau 2018.2

Dashboard Extensions, Tableau Services Manager, and Spatial Join. See what’s new in Tableau.

Known Issues

Up-to-date Tableau product issues that could impact your deployment.

Coming Soon

Learn more about new features in development.