Error “Tableau Server initialization failed”

Published: 28 Mar 2017
Last Modified Date: 13 Apr 2017


When trying to install Tableau Server, you may encounter a “Tableau Server initialization failed” error message. This message displays when you are installing Tableau Server to a path that contains characters that are not 7-bit ASCII. Characters and symbols that are used in English text are 7-bit ASCII. Many characters and symbols used in non-English text are not 7-bit ASCII. For example, installation paths that contain characters that are not 7-bit ASCII may look like the following:


  • Tableau Server 10.1.1


To resolve this issue, install Tableau Server to the default directory that Tableau Server specifies during installation.
For example, C:\Program Files\Tableau \Tableau Server.
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