Errors: "FLEXNet licensing service is not present" or "Function flxActAppActivationSend returned error (0,0,0)" Activating on Mac

Published: 19 Jun 2014
Last Modified Date: 28 Feb 2020


When you try to activate Tableau Desktop on the Mac, one of the following errors might occur:
The FLEXNet licensing service is not present on the system.

Function flxActAppActivationSend
returned error (0,0,0)
LM_TS error 0


  • Tableau Desktop 
  • OS X


Option 1: Tableau Desktop 2019.3 and later versions

Run the Tableau Desktop installer again. It is not possible to split the FLEXnet package from the installer in newer versions of Tableau Desktop. 

Option 2: Tableau Desktop 2019.2 and earlier versions

On the computer running Tableau Desktop, manually install the FlexNet licensing components.
  1. In Finder, click Applications.
  2. Hold down the Control key, click Tableau, and then select Show Package Contents.
  3. Double-click Contents, double-click Installers, and then double-click Tableau FLEXNET.pkg.
  4. Follow the instructions in the installation wizard and use the default options.
If Tableau Desktop is installed on a non-default, or secondary volume, manually move the FNPLicensingService to the Root Library directory.
  1. In Finder, locate the FNPLicensingService file located in the "/Library/Application Support/FLEXnet Publisher/Service/11.16.2/" folder on the same volume Tableau Desktop is installed on.
  2. Copy the FNPLicensingService into the system root library and create the necessary folders: /Library/Application Support/FLEXnet Publisher/Service/11.16.2/
  3. Once that file is placed properly, launch and activate Tableau Desktop.




Either The FLEXNet package was not installed or is unreadable by the computer running Tableau Desktop, or Tableau Desktop was installed to a non-default volume.
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