The University of Minnesota Tableau Server provides a secure place for faculty and staff to publish and share visualizations with others.

This infrastructure offers a test environment where administrators can preview and test visualizations prior to uploading them to the Tableau production server.

A Tableau Creator license, which includes Tableau Desktop and Tableau Prep, is required in order to create and publish content to the Tableau Server.

Tableau Creator Licensing

Tableau Creator software provides individuals the ability to perform data analysis and visualizations which can be consumed locally or published to the Tableau Server infrastructure. Users must purchase a Tableau Creator license at the cost of approximately $600 annually, prorated based on the license start date. This cost is the responsibility of the licensee's department.

The University of Minnesota Tableau server does not include Tableau Data Management features, so Prep Builder workflows must be run manually by users. 

Tableau offers a number of free or reduced cost options for students and instructors through their Academic Programs options.

To request a new Tableau Creator license or renew an existing license, complete the Tableau Creator License Request form. For questions about Tableau Creator licensing, contact [email protected].


  • Publish your desktop visualizations to the server to share with individuals, defined groups, or anyone
  • Aggregate data from a variety of data sources
  • Share your visualizations by a URL or by embedding them in your website

Getting Started

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