Tamsen Haught - Jul 20, 2015

Tableau Public for Associations

What is Tableau Public? It is a way for you to create visualizations and share them with the world for free.

Features and Benefits

  • Let’s start with the top feature. It is free! And as most college students can attest: cheap is good, free is better. For the low, low cost of $0, you will get 10 GB of storage.
  • Share with the world. When you save your data visualizations on Tableau Public, you will be able to send the link out to your community, and they will be able to see what you created without having to login. You can also embed your visualizations in your web site, at no extra charge.
  • Quick startup. All you need to do is download the Tableau Public app, create an account, and you will be ready to go. You can be off to the races in under 15 minutes.
  • Security on your data. New to Tableau Public, you can now configure, on a case by case basis, your visualizations to either allow the public to see and download your data or not.
  • Even if you are not using Tableau Public, the Tableau Public gallery will allow you to see and be inspired by what others have created.
  • You can create dashboards and stories, just like you could if you were using Tableau Desktop.

Open to the world


  • Open to the world. Although you can secure your data, once a visualization is published on Tableau Public, it is open to everyone. You need to be sure you are ready to open the kimono. The good news is there is no option to save data locally.
  • Storage is capped at 10GB, which if you have large data sources, means not much storage.
  • Data source limitations. You will not be able to connect directly to your SQL database or to Redshift, you are limited to Excel, Text, and Access files and odata. You will also not be able to automatically refresh your data.
  • Data set limitations. With Tableau Public you are limited to 10MM rows of data per workbook.

Tableau Public can be used to supplement your existing Tableau environment if you would like to share your visualizations with the public. It can also help your team evaluate Tableau and determine whether your association is ready for business intelligence. Hundreds of thousands of visualizations have already been shared on Tableau Public. Will yours be next?

Written by Tamsen Haught