Embedded Dashboard Displays a Login Prompt Button with SAML (SSO) Authentication

Published: 03 Aug 2015
Last Modified Date: 04 Jan 2019


When navigating to an embedded Tableau view, a "Sign in to <Server Name>" button displays when automatic authentication over the IdP is expected. 


  • Tableau Server
  • Tableau Online


Option 1: 

Use Trusted Authentication to embed views without requiring a login. 

Option 2: 

Allow in-frame authentication. 
Note: Enabling this ability requires disabling Clickjack protection, introducing an increased exposure to clickjacking attacks. 

For Tableau Server configured to use Server-Wide SAML:

  1. Open a command prompt as an Administrator on the computer where Tableau Server is installed.
  2. Navigate to the Tableau Server bin directory.
  3. Execute the following commands:
  • tabadmin set wgserver.saml.iframed_idp.enabled true
  • tabadmin restart
For more information, see the Complete the SAML configuration steps section of Configure Server-Wide SAML. 

For Tableau Online, or for Tableau Server configured to use Site-Specific SAML:

Ensure the below two options are properly configured under Settings > Authentication: 
  1. Set the Default authentication type for embedded views to SAML
  2. Under Embedding options, select Authenticate using an inline frame (less secure; not supported by all IdPs). 
For more information, see Configure SAML for a site


By default, Tableau Server and Tableau Online embedded views open a separate window for SAML IdP authentication to minimize the risk of Clickjacking.

Additional Information

For more information about clickjacking, see Clickjacking at OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project)

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