Opening Tableau Online workbooks in Tableau Reader

Published: 13 Nov 2017
Last Modified Date: 11 Apr 2018


How to share a workbook downloaded from Tableau Online with someone who only has Tableau Reader


  • Tableau Online
  • Published data source


When a workbook is downloaded from Tableau Online, it is saved in .twb format. Tableau Reader can only open workbooks that are packaged in .twbx format, so opening the downloaded workbook in Tableau Reader requires an extra modification. Follow the steps below:
  1. Open the original workbook in Tableau Desktop. 
  2. Select the data source from the Data menu, and select Extract Data
  3. Click the Extract button.
  4. Select File > Save As.
  5. In the Save As dialog box, from the Save as type drop-down list, select Tableau Packaged Workbook (*.twbx).
  6. Open the new packaged workbook from Tableau Reader.
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