Error "Uncaught SyntaxError: Unexpected identifier" When Viewing Workbook in Chrome

Published: 11 Aug 2015
Last Modified Date: 27 Sep 2017


When viewing a workbook in Google Chrome on Tableau Server, one of the following errors might occur:
Uncaught SyntaxError: Unexpected identifier Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property 'startup' of undefined
Unexpected error
An unexpected error occurred. If you continue to receive this error please contact your Tableau Server Administrator.
Uncaught SyntaxError: Unexpected identifier
Uncaught Error: Attempted to use CommandController before creating it.



  • Tableau Server 9.0 and older
  • Google Chrome 45


Option 1

Upgrade to the latest version of Google Chrome.

Option 2

Upgrade to Tableau Server 9.1 or later version. For more information, see Upgrade Tableau Server.


This behavior is related to a known issue in earlier versions of Chrome where JavaScript files downloaded by Tableau Server to display views were not working correctly.
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