Tableau is available in 2 versions

  1. Tableau Public (Free)
  2. Tableau Desktop (Commercial)

Here is a detailed comparison between the two

Tableau Desktop Tableau Public
Pricing Personal Edition - $35 per month Professional Edition - $70 per month Free and Open Source
Data Source Connection Connect to any data source files including databases, web applications and more Connect to Excel and text files
Publish/Save Can be saved as a local file and can be published in Tableau Server and Tableau Online Can be published only in Tableau Public profile
OS Windows and Mac Windows and Mac
Security Data and Visualizations are secured Data and visualizations are not secured as it is available in public
Usage Details Professional and Enterprise level Personal level
Data Extract Data can be extracted from various data sources and stored as Tableau extract file Data cannot be obtained from different data sources as it is limited to connect only excel and text files.

Note: To execute the examples in these tutorials, you will need access to Tableau Desktop. We will go through the steps the install Tableau Desktop on a Windows Machine. It has a 14-day trial.

In this tutorial, you will learn

Download and Install Tableau Public

Step 1) Go to https://public.tableau.com/en-us/s/download on your web browser. Now you need to enter your email id and click on "DOWNLOAD THE APP" button.

Step 2) This will start downloading the .exe file for Windows by default, and you can see the downloading process in the bottom left corner of the website.

Step 3) Open the downloaded file. Accept the terms and conditions and click on "Install" button.

Step 4) After installation Start Screen of Tableau is shown

Download and Install Tableau Desktop

Step 1) Go to https://www.tableau.com/products/desktop on your web browser.

Step 2) Click on the "TRY NOW" button shown in the top right corner of the website.

Step 3) It will redirect to the page where you need to enter your email id and click on "DOWNLOAD FREE TRIAL" button.

Step 4) This will start downloading tableau latest version. An .exe file for Windows is downloaded, and you can see the downloading process in the bottom left corner of the website.

Step 5) Open the downloaded file. Check in to accept the terms and conditions and click on "Install" button.

Step 6) A optional pop-up message will be shown to get the approval of Administrator to install the software. Click on "Yes" to approve it. Installation of the Tableau Desktop on Windows system starts

Step 7) Once the installation is completed, open the Tableau Desktop software.

Step 8) In the Registration window

  1. Click on Activate Tableau and entire your license details
  2. If you do not have a license, enter your credentials
  3. Click on Start Trial now

Step 9) Wait for registration to complete

Step 10) Start Screen of Tableau is shown

Now you are all set to use the Tableau Desktop in your windows system.

 

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