Tableau Desktop and Tableau Prep Deployment Guide

This guide provides information about how to plan, install and upgrade Tableau Desktop, Tableau Prep, Tableau Desktop Public Edition and Tableau Reader for yourself or for multiple users.

To determine how many Creators, Explorers and Viewers you’ll need, see How to decide on the right mix of users for your organisation.

Note: If you are looking for information about how to install Tableau Server, see the Install and Configure(Link opens in a new window) section in the Tableau Server help. If you are looking for information about how to set up Tableau Cloud, see Set Up a new Tableau Cloud Site(Link opens in a new window) in the Tableau Cloud help.

Who should use this guide?

This guide provides information for two audiences:

Other topics in this guide can help you plan your install, deactivate or manage your product keys or manage other settings after installation is complete.

Tableau Desktop and Tableau Prep New Features

If you've used Tableau before, you'll probably be interested in changes we've made in each version. To find and compare Tableau features by product version, use the Tableau Release Navigator.

For information about fixes that have been added in each release, see the Known Issues(Link opens in a new window) page.

Support policy

Beginning with 2021.4, Tableau is moving from a 30-month support policy to a 24-month support policy for all products. All new versions will have 24 months of support provided by our Support organisation including the availability of maintenance releases.

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