Manage Site User Visibility

By default, all site users can see aliases, project ownership and comments by other users when permissions allow. The User Visibility setting lets administrators manage if users with Viewer and Explorer site roles see other users and groups on the site, which can be important for sites that are used by multiple clients. To learn more about site roles, see Set Users’ Site Roles.

Limit user visibility

Setting User Visibility to Limited impacts certain collaboration tools and hides user information in Tableau Online and Tableau Server. Limited User Visibility either disables the feature for Viewers and Explorers (excluding Site Administrator Explorers), or removes user information from other areas. Note that Creators and administrators will still see user information when User Visibility is set to Limited.

To limit user visibility for Explorers and Viewers (excluding Site Administrator Explorers):

  • Navigate to the site's Settings page
  • Select Limited in the User Visibility setting

The following is a list of site areas impacted when User Visibility is set to Limited. Unless noted that the feature is disabled for all users, only non-administrator Explorers or Viewers are impacted.

Area Impact
Search User information not displayed
Content owners User information not displayed (Explorers and Viewers can't see themselves, but can see their content in My Content)
Profile pictures User information not displayed

User information not displayed


Recommendations Similar users not displayed (all users)
Add/Edit Tags Explorers and Viewers can see tags but cannot delete or modify them.
"Who has seen this view?" Disabled
Ask Data usage analytics Disabled
Permissions dialogs Disabled
Named sharing Disabled (all users)

Disabled (all users)

Existing alerts are paused.

Comments Disabled (all users)
Public Custom Views

Disabled (all users)

Existing public custom views appear as private.

Request Access Disabled (all users)
Tableau Desktop

Publishing workbooks disabled from Desktop.

User information not displayed on user filters.

Tableau Catalog (with Data Management Add-on)

User Visibility does not hide user information in certain Tableau Catalog features, such as Data Details, certification and contacts on external assets (databases and tables), lineage, data quality warnings, and related calls to the Tableau Metadata API and the Tableau Server REST API. For more information, see User visibility in the Tableau Metadata API.

Note: Tableau Catalog is enabled by default in Tableau Online with the Data Management Add-on.

External Asset contacts and certifications (with Data Management Add-on)

Tableau Server and Tableau Online sites with Tableau Catalog enabled: User information displayed

REST API and Metadata API with Data Management Add-on: User information displayed.

When User Visibility is set to Limited, Tableau Server REST API calls behave as described in the table above.

Note: If a user is a member of multiple sites, entering an email on the sign in page for Tableau Online will return the names of all sites the user is a member of.

Best practices for limiting user visibility

Administrators can also check that user and group information is not visible in these ways:

  • Configure permissions to only provide content to appropriate parties. For more information, see Permissions.
    • Limited User Visibility hides user identification information from search, but might return content that the user published, including when searching by owner name, if the person searching has viewing permission to that content.
    • A user publishing a workbook with a duplicate title in the same project might see a warning that a workbook with that title already exists.
  • Apply row-level security when necessary.
  • Check that metadata within dashboards does not contain user information.
  • Check that calculations accessible to users don't contain user metadata (e.g., user filters).

User visibility in the Tableau Metadata API

In Tableau Online, Metadata API is always enabled. With the Data Management Add-on, user information can be exposed through contacts and certifications on external assets.

In Tableau Server, the Metadata API is disabled by default. When the Metadata API is enabled and User Visibility is set to Limited, Metadata API calls behave as described in the table above.

Restore Full User Visibility

When administrators set User Visibility back to Full, features disabled for all users by Limited User Visibility (such as comments and alerts) remain off. Administrators can re-enable these features through the site's Settings page.

Any previous feature settings are not retained when User Visibility is set to Full, and affected features are not automatically turned on.

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