Install Switches and Properties for tabcmd (Windows)

Important: tabcmd version 1 will stop working with Tableau Cloud in the near future. Plan your migration to tabcmd version 2 as soon as possible to ensure you will not be impacted. This retirement will not impact Tableau Server.

Note: In most cases, you must use tabcmd command-line utility 2.0 (tabcmd 2.0) with Tableau Cloud. Tabcmd 2.0 is available at Tableau tabcmd(Link opens in a new window). This new version allows you to: run tabcmd commands on MacOS and Linux, authenticate using personal access tokens (PATs), and allows you to be multi-factor authentication (MFA) compliant. Version 2.0 is built on public endpoints available in the Python-based Tableau Server Client (TSC).

You can use the following switches when installing the Tableau Server Command Line Utility (tabcmd) version 2019.4.0 or later from the command line on Windows.

Note: There are no equivalent switches for the Linux version of the tabcmd installer.

Switch Description Comments
/install | /repair | /uninstall | /layout "<directory>"

Run Setup to either install, repair, or uninstall tabcmd, or with /layout, create a complete local copy of the installation bundle in the directory specified.

Default is to install, displaying UI and all prompts. If no directory is specified on a fresh install, C:\Program Files\Tableau\Tableau Server\<version>\extras\Command Line Utility is assumed.

Run Setup with minimal UI and no prompts.

/quiet | /silent

Run Setup in unattended, fully silent mode. No UI or prompts are displayed.

Note: Use either /silent or /quiet, not both.


Run Setup without restarting Windows, even if a restart is necessary.

Note: In certain rare cases, a restart cannot be suppressed, even when this option is used. This is most likely when an earlier system restart was skipped, for example, during installation of other software.

/log "<log-file>"

Log information to the specified file and path.

By default log files are created in the user's %TEMP% folder with a naming convention of Tableau_Server_Command_Line_utility_<version_code>.log.

If no file location is specified, the log file is written to the user's TEMP folder (C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Temp). Check this log file for errors after installation.

Example: <Setup file> /silent /log "C:\Tableau\Logs\tabcmd-Install" ACCEPTEULA=1


Properties Description Comments
ACCEPTEULA=1|0 Accept the End User License Agreement (EULA). Required for quiet, silent, and passive install. 1 = accept the EULA, 0 = do not accept the EULA.

If not included when using /passive, /silent or /quiet, Setup fails silently.

If included but set to 0, Setup fails.

INSTALLDIR="<path\to\installation\directory>" Install tabcmd to the specified non-default install location.

Specifies the location to install tabcmd. If not used, tabcmd is installed to C:\Program Files\Tableau\Tableau Server\<version_code>\extras\Command Line Utility

Example: <Setup file> /silent INSTALLDIR="C:\tabcmd"


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