Tableau Getting Started Guide

Do-IT yourself install guide for Tableau desktop and other resources for new Tableau users.

Welcome to the Tableau Community at Rice University! Visit to learn about using Tableau at Rice and more information.

Article Contents:

Tableau Desktop and Prep Builder Install Instructions Tableau User Group (TUG) information Tableau Server Training/Self-Help Resources

Tableau Desktop and Prep Builder Install Instructions

  1. Obtain a Tableau license key. If you don't already have a Tableau license, request a quote by creating an RT Ticket ( to Central Procurement. If you are unsure or already have a Tableau license key assigned to you and are having issues retrieving it, please create a ticket to Enterprise Data and Business Intelligence (EDBI) Team ( for assistance.

  2. Download Tableau. Click on the link below for which product you are downloading: Download Tableau Desktop - OIT suggests using Tableau Desktop 2020.3.7 for Windows users and 2020.3.8 for Mac users. Download Tableau Prep Builder - OIT suggests using Tableau Prep Builder 2020.3.3.

  3. Once the file above has finished downloading, follow these detailed instructions to install and register your product.

  4. If you encounter any issues installing, please contact the EDBI Team:

Tableau User Group (TUG) information

Join us for our monthly Tableau User Group meetings to stay up-to-date with Tableau updates on campus, learn tips and tricks, and see other members of the Rice community present their innovative dashboards! Keep a lookout for emails from for upcoming meetings and information. All Tableau desktop licenses holders are automatically added to the tableau users group. For more information, visit

Tableau Server

Tableau server can be accessed via Request access by creating a ticket in the OIT Enterprise Data and BI Queue or visit
For publishing objects on Tableau server, visit For more information, visit

Training/Self-Help Resources

Tableau Self-Help Resources - Visit the Tableau KnowledgeBase to view troubleshooting articles, product Help guides, whitepapers and more. Join the Tableau Community to raise and answer questions and search for previous questions first as someone has likely run into the same issue as you have.
Tableau Learning Tableau Training Videos

Keywords:Tableau Data Visualization installation instruction   Doc ID:105114
Owner:Lailah H.Group:Rice University
Created:2020-08-20 08:27 CDTUpdated:2021-08-27 16:37 CDT
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