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Tableau offers several versions of their software that allow you to create interactive data visualizations.

Choosing the right product, depends on:

  • Who you are (free versions available for some users)
  • How you want to share your data visualizations

Use the table below to get more details on Tableau's products. 

Ideal for...
Tableau for Students students

Students may qualify for the Tableau for Students program that provides a FREE license of Tableau Desktop. The license is good for one year and can be renewed as long as you are a full-time enrolled student.

Tableau for Teaching
  • faculty, instructors, TAs
  • anyone conducting academic noncommercial research

With the Tableau for Teaching program, Tableau Desktop is free for instructional use and/or noncommercial academic research.

You can also get bulk lab or student licenses if you plan to use Tableau in a course.

Read the Tableau for Teaching FAQs and the Instructor Resource page for details.

Tableau Public

anyone who wants to...

  • embed a Tableau visualization on a website
  • learn Tableau for professional development

This FREE product allows you to develop and publish interactive data visualizations to the Tableau Public server and embed on a website. All work is saved and published to the Tableau Public web servers and owned by Tableau—nothing is saved locally on your computer.

Features include:

  • support for data sets up to 10 million rows
  • Storage limit of 10 GB
  • ability to embed a Tableau visualization on a website
  • ability to limit downloading of files from Tableau Public (keeping your underlying data private)
Tableau Desktop users who want to analyze administrative data

If you need Tableau to perform your work on either a short-term or long-term basis, CIS may be able to assign you a Tableau Desktop license.
(info) Request a license.

Visualizations can be shared via:

  • Tableau Reader (like Adobe Reader for visualizations)—a free desktop application that a user can use to open, view, and interact with visualizations built in Tableau Desktop.
  • Tableau Server—a central location to share visualizations with specific authorized users or groups at Brown.


Brown has a limited number of licenses (which are fairly costly), and they are assigned to specific users rather than being available in a pool. Therefore, we ask that you return your license if you find that you are not using it and don’t expect to use it in the near future.
Tableau Server licensed Tableau Desktop users who want to share visualizations with authorized users or groups at Brown

Tableau Server ( is not used to create visualizations. It is a secure location to share visualizations with specific authorized users or groups at Brown.

A licensed Tableau Desktop user, with appropriate permissions, can publish visualizations to a Tableau Server project.

Ready to publish content to a  Tableau Server project? Complete our Project Request Form.




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