How to use WINDOW_PERCENTILE Function when PERCENTILE Function is not available for some data source type

Published: 22 Dec 2023
Last Modified Date: 26 Dec 2023


For some data source types, PRECENTILE function is not available. This article describes how to use the WINDOW_PERCENTILE function as an alternative to get the same result.


  • Tableau Desktop 2022.2.2
  • Amazon Redshift


Assuming we have a crosstab showing the percentile values of each quarter in 2019 on 6th of each month for Binders(Sub-Category).
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1. Add the [Row ID] field which contains a unique ID value for each row to [Details] mark card.
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2. Create a calculation field [WINDOW_PERCENTILE] .

3. Add the [WINDOW_PERCENTILE] to the [Text mark] card and right-click on it then click [Compute using] > [Row ID]
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4. Check the results.

Please refer to Sample.twbx for further details.

Additional Information

PERCENTILE function is available for the following data sources: Non-legacy Microsoft Excel and Text File connections, Extracts and extract-only data source types (for example, Google Analytics, OData, or Salesforce), Sybase IQ 15.1 and later data sources, Oracle 10 and later data sources, Cloudera Hive and Hortonworks Hadoop Hive data sources, EXASolution 4.2 and later data sources.

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