Managing Tableau Product Keys

Published: 01 Feb 2017
Last Modified Date: 01 Aug 2022


How to view and manage product keys in the Tableau Customer Portal when not using Login-base License Management.

Please Note: If you purchase a Tableau Cloud site, please reference this link on how to manage users with Tableau Cloud and Login-base License Management.  There will be no Tableau Desktop/Prep keys issued.  With Tableau Server purchases, LBLM will be the default activation method and no product keys will be issued for Tableau Desktop or Tableau Prep Builder.


Recover a Lost Product Key 

  1. Sign into the Customer Portal using your Tableau username and password. 
  2. On the Customer Portal home page, click Licenses.
  3. A table will open listing any product key(s) assigned. Copy the product key for the product you are activating. 

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Assign a Product Key 

Note: The ability to assign product keys must be granted by a Tableau Portal Administrator.
  1. Go to the Customer Portal and sign in with your Tableau username and password.
  2. On the Customer Portal homepage, select Licenses. 
  3. In the resulting table, select the key you would like to reassign. 
  4. Click Assign Key to assign the key to a new user.
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  5. In the Assign Key dialog box, enter the first name, last name and email address of the person you would like to assign the key to, then click Assign Key
    You also have the option to give this user portal access, which is highly recommended. Giving Tableau Portal Access will allow the user to quickly identify a key when lost, access the knowledge base, and file Support cases.
    Note: If you opt not to give the person portal access, they will not be emailed when the key is assigned to them.
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Edit a Product Key

  1. On the Customer Portal homepage, select Licenses
  2. In the resulting table, click the key you would like to edit and select Edit License.
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  3. From here you can enter a new User Name and/or enter a new Assigned Email to change who the key is assigned to.
  4. Click Save.
Note: Only the User Name and Assigned Email may be edited. The Owner Name cannot be edited as it reflects the individual on the purchase order for the key. It is not possible to remove or edit registration data.  The registration data will reflect the most recent registration performed on the key and will be updated by the registration action caused from a new activation.

Change the Owner of a Product Key

  1. On the Customer Portal homepage, click Licenses.
  2. Select the Product Key you wish to update and click Edit.
  3. Select Change Owner, and reassign owner from the pre-populated drop-down.
  4. Click Save.
Note: This process is different from Assigning the Key, which is a function that triggers a notification to the assignee.

View product keys by account

  1. Go to the Customer Portal and sign in with your Tableau username and password.
  2. On the Customer Portal home page, click Licenses.
  3. The product keys associated with the account are listed in a table. The table shows detailed information such as the Key Name, the associated Product Name, the Assigned Email,  and the Period End, representing the expiration or maintenance contract end date, and more.
  4. ​Click on a product key to see more details, including license and registration history.

View all product keys

  1. Go to the Customer Portal and sign in with your Tableau username and password.
  2. On the Customer Portal home page, click Licenses.
  3. You can view all keys, keys for a specific product, or view keys based on whether they have current maintenance. The Default View can be sorted by clicking the table headers.
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Add tracking information to a product key

  1. From the Licenses page, click the product key you want to add information to.
  2. From the License Detail page, select Edit License.
  3. Complete all or some of the fields in the Customer Information area, then click Save

Note: this Customer Information is not used by Tableau. It is purely a way for you to add additional information to a product key to help you monitor and manage the keys.

View product key history and reports

You can view and export the history for an individual product key or generate a report for all keys across all of the accounts you manage.

Individual Key History

  1. From the Key List page, click a product key.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the option to show “Registration History (with State).

Key Registration History

The table shows events such as registration, maintenance contract changes, and escalated support cases. Click Export Data to print the history or export to an Excel (.xls), Comma Separated (.csv) or PDF file.

Global Key Report

  1. On the Home page of the Customer Portal, click Licenses.
  2. In the drop-down menu, ensure All Licenses Report is selected.
  3. Click Export Data and select the desired format. 
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The table shows a row for each key that you manage and includes the registration information and any customer information you’ve added. It also includes the expiration date for the maintenance contract. 

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