Beginning in early January 2022, Tableau connected apps enable a seamless and secure authentication experience by facilitating an explicit trust relationship between your Tableau Cloud site and external applications where Tableau content is embedded. In June 2022, Tableau connected apps extended its capabilities to support REST API authorization.

There are two types of connected apps you can configure: direct trust or OAuth 2.0 trust.

Using direct trust, you can:

  • Restrict access to which content can be embedded and where that content can be embedded

  • Provide users the ability to access embedded content using single sign-on (SSO) without having to integrate with an identity provider (IdP)

  • Provide users the ability to authenticate directly from your external application

  • Programatically authorize access to Tableau REST API on users' behalf using JSON Web Token (JWT)

  • Scope Tableau REST API capabilities users or applications can perform

    For more information about this connected app type, see Configure Connected Apps with Direct Trust.

(Coming soon) Using OAuth 2.0 trust, you can:

  • Restrict access to which content can be embedded and where that content can be embedded

  • Provide users the ability to access embedded content using single sign-on (SSO) through your identity provider (IdP)

  • Provide access using standard OAuth 2.0 standard protocol

  • Programatically authorize access to Tableau REST API on users' behalf

  • Scope Tableau REST API capabilities users or applications can perform

    For more information about this connected app type, see Configure Connected Apps with OAuth 2.0 Trust.

Note: Tableau connected apps and Salesforce connected apps are different and offer different functionality. Today, Tableau connected apps are optimized for embedding Tableau views and metrics in external applications and used to authorize access to the Tableau REST API.

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