How to Gracefully Start and Stop Tableau Server

Published: 18 Oct 2017
Last Modified Date: 08 Jul 2022


How to Gracefully Start and Stop Tableau Server.


  • Tableau Server 


There are many processes and services running in the background of Tableau Server. It is recommended to use Tabadmin commands, TSM CLI, Tableau Server Monitor, or the options in the Windows Start menu to gracefully start and stop Tableau Server. Doing so takes those background processes into account when starting/stopping the server and ensures that all processes are completed and started/stopped in the correct order. 

Starting or Stopping services from the Windows Services console does not take into account processes running in the background and does not gracefully shut down those processes which could cause errors and configuration issues. 

Always use the approved method for starting and stopping Tableau Server.

Tableau Server 2018.1.x or later using Tabadmin
tabadmin start
tabadmin stop

Tableau Server 2018.2 and later using TSM CLI
tsm start
tsm stop

From Program Files:
Start the server by selecting All Programs > Tableau Server <applicable version > Start Tableau Server on the Windows Start menu.Stop the server by selecting All Programs > Tableau Server <applicable version> Stop Tableau Server on the Windows Start menu.

Using the Tableau Services Manager WebGUI

In the upper-right hand corner, Select the drop down to Start, Restart, or Stop Tableau Server

Tableau Server Start and Stop

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