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Tableau is a visual analytics platform empowering the SMU community to make the most of their data.

There are three integrated products in the SMU Tableau platform:

Tableau Desktop

The "primary" tableau application that allows users to import a data source into workbooks and design sophisticated visualizations and analytics on the data.

Tableau Prep Builder

A visual-interface tool to combine, shape, and clean data, as well as automate data prep flows, helping you get to analysis and insights faster.

Tableau Server

A centralized repository of workbooks and data sources that can be shared with the SMU community in a secure environment. Tableau Server also allows for limited creation and customization of workbooks using a web interface.

Get Started

Logging In to Tableau Server

  1. Click on the Sign In button above or go to
  2. Sign in using your SMU ID and password

Browser Support:

Tableau does not support Microsoft Internet Explorer. We recommend using the most current versions of Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome when using Tableau. For mobile devices, Tableau Mobile iOS and Android Apps are available at the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, respectively. For more information, please see Tableau Server Requirements.

Please Note: If you receive a "Unable to Sign In. User account not found." error message. Please contact the IT Help Desk at 214-768-HELP (4357).


Student Licenses

Students are eligible for a free license for Tableau Desktop and Prep Builder. These are available through the library.

Faculty and Researcher Licenses

Faculty and researchers may be eligible for a free license for Tableau Desktop and Prep Builder. These free licenses are administered by Tableau.