Error: "Bad Request" When Logging In With REST API Using A Password tha Contains Ampersand

Published: 01 Mar 2017
Last Modified Date: 06 Mar 2017


When using REST API to login in to Tableau Server, the following error might occur if the password contains an ampersand (&): 
Bad Request


  • Tableau Server
  • REST API 2.3


Add the following "&" to replace the ampersand in the password. 

For example:
  • Instead of "Pass&word"
  • Use "Pass&word"


Depending on the program being used to test the REST API, the & symbol can be interpreted as HTML.


Additional Information

According to the following link, the issue may occur for other characters. For more information about such best practices, see Escaping XML Data.
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