Unable to Use Earlier Versions of Tableau Desktop to Open Workbooks Saved in Later Versions

Published: 08 Jul 2014
Last Modified Date: 17 Oct 2017


When you try to open a workbook saved in one version of Tableau Desktop in an earlier (older) version of Tableau Desktop, the following error might occur: 
Errors occurred while trying to load the workbook "<filepath>.twbx". The load was not able to complete successfully.

This file was created by a newer version of Tableau. Please contact Tableau Software to upgrade your version.


Tableau Desktop


Upgrade Tableau Desktop to the latest version. For more information, see Upgrading Tableau Desktop in the Tableau Knowledge Base.


Workbooks saved in newer versions of Tableau Desktop cannot be opened in older versions of Tableau Desktop. For example, a workbook saved in Tableau Desktop 9.0 can no longer be opened in Tableau Desktop 8.2. For more information, see Desktop and Server Compatibility 
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