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This unlocks the postgres database on the Tableau Server, allowing full access to all of the tables in the database and not just the views. This gives the Tableau Server administrator visibility into the database. Please note that this is not supported by Tableau.


Get the password for the postgres db

This tip comes from Zen Master Tamas Foldi and you need to use it in order to get the password for the access operation below.

To get the pgsql password use the following command on the Tableau Server you will be accessing:

tabadmin get pgsql.adminpassword

In the blurred-out text above is where you'll get the password for your db.

Access for the postgres db

This hack is VERY DANGEROUS and UNSUPPORTED by Tableau! Unless you are VERY EXPERIENCED you should only access the database tables using Tableau Desktop or other read-only tool! This is not the preferred method of gaining access to the Tableau server database. Use at your OWN risk!


1. Open a command window (DOS prompt) and go to the PostGRES binary directory for your Tableau Server …pgsql\bin directory (most installs will look like C:\Program Files (x86)\Tableau\Tableau Server\8.0\pgsql\bin). The DOS command prompt in the PostGRES binary directory:

2. Now ‘open’ the PostGRESQL command prompt by typing in this:

psql -p 8060 workgroup tblwgadmin

Please note that if you use a different port then you need to change the 8060 value to the value of the port you use.

Here’s what my result looked like:

3. Notice that you need to enter in a password.  That's why you got the password mentioned in the beginning   Enter in your password and then hit the 'Enter' key.  Note that the cursor won't move and you won't see any text to type carefully.  I recommend using copy/paste.


4. At the workgroup=# prompt you can now execute commands:

For example, enter this command to change the role of the tableau user to have READ and WRITE access:

alter user tableau superuser;

After the above command executes you’ll see “ALTER ROLE” display and then an empty prompt:

Or in the situation I had, delete a custom view from the database that was no longer needed using the DROP command:

5. That's it. When you're done close the DOS command window.  Either CTRL + c  or  \q  (backslash followed by the letter Q in lower case) will exit you from the workgroup=# prompt and put you back into the cmd prompt.


Remember, you’ll now have the ability to write to your database and delete things! This is VERY DANGEROUS and UNSUPPORTED by Tableau! Unless you are an VERY EXPERIENCED you should only access the database tables using Tableau Desktop or other read-only tool! Make sure you backup your database regularly.




*Adapted from my Tabwiki document.

I saw it today on Twitter.  Someone who I consider a key player at Tableau, a self-admitted Tableau stalker, left the company.  Just time for them to move on.  We know the drill.

Last week...or at least sometime between now and the first of the year...two other great Tableau employees I knew had left the company.  There was a hint there are some more.


I grew up during, and into the end of, the "work for one company until retirement" paradigm.  As my work life has progressed that paradigm is no longer the expected norm.  Now, thanks to social media and job-focused media like LinkedIn, if people are not looking for a job they are still getting offers.  Having worked for a few contracting agencies this happens to me -- I stay in contact with them juuuuust in case as I learned early in my career that corporate loyalty to employees is an illusion, subject to immediate dismissal at their whim.  I as well left a great company because after a time there I knew my position was a dead-end so when a previous manager reached out to me for a professional skills growth opportunity I went for it (and thus was introduced to Tableau ) so I get it.


It saddens me to see such good people leave because I'll miss them.  It's like growing up with a friend during primary school and in high school their family moves out of town.  It's like having a sibling move out of the house.  Their absence is felt in the knowledge void left behind.  You get used to having these people around and using their knowledge to help others, heck, to help yourself, too!  The loss is magnified by the deeper product and tribal knowledge that goes with them.


I wish them well.  I know that the companies that now have them have gained an excellent resource.  Just know that you are missed.



Note:  I'm not diminishing their replacements.  This has nothing to do with them.  There's no doubt Tableau will do its best to replace them with great folks who could possibly <gasp!> be even better and I do look forward in meeting and interacting with them.


-- Twitter headstones --