Changing the User Session Timeout

Published: 27 Dec 2013
Last Modified Date: 01 May 2017


How to change the timeout value for Tableau Server user session.


Tableau Server


  1. On the computer running Tableau Server, type one of the following commands, based on your operating system:
    • cd "C:\Program Files\Tableau\Tableau Server\<version>\bin"
    • cd "C:\Program Files (x86)\Tableau\Tableau Server\<version>\bin"
  2. At the command prompt, run the following commands in order:
    • tabadmin stop
    • tabadmin set wgserver.session.idle_limit <minutes>
    • tabadmin configure
    • tabadmin start
Where <minutes> is the number of minutes after which the user session will time out.

Additional Information

  • The default setting for an idle user session timeout is 240 minutes.
  • Closing the web browser will end the current session regardless of the timeout period, and you will need to sign in again to access Tableau Server.
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