5 Replies Latest reply on Sep 12, 2016 12:00 PM by Matt Hong

    Difference between various Tableau files

    Monika G

      What is the difference between TDE file, TWBX file, and Tableau Workbook file.

        • 1. Re: Difference between various Tableau files
          kettan

          This excerpt is from pp. 24-25 in the Tableau Desktop Manual which can be downloaded from Product Help:

           

          Workbooks – Tableau workbook files have the .twb file extension and are marked with the workbook icon.
          Workbooks hold
          one or more worksheets and dashboards.

           

          Bookmarks – Tableau bookmark files have the .tbm file extension and are marked with the bookmark icon.
          Bookmarks contain a
          single worksheet and are an easy way to quickly share your work.

           

          Packaged Workbooks – Tableau packaged workbooks have the .twbx file extension and are marked with the packaged workbook icon. Packaged workbooks contain a workbook along with any supporting local file data sources and background images. This format is the best way to package your work for sharing with others who don’t have access to the data.

           

          Data Extract Files – Tableau data extract files have the .tde file extension and are marked with the extract icon. Extract files are a local copy of a subset or entire data source that you can use to share data, work offline, and improve database performance.

           

          Data Connection Files – Tableau data connection files have the .tds file extension and are marked with the data connection icon. Data connection files are shortcuts for quickly connecting to data sources that you use often. It's a small XML file with various connection info this last statement is not from the manual

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          • 2. Re: Difference between various Tableau files
            Sam Wright

            So does that mean if you send somebody a workbook they have access to the sheets/dashboards but not to the underlying data that feeds in?

            • 3. Re: Difference between various Tableau files
              Jason Scarlett

              If you send a TWBX then they will have access to everything. All they need to do is unzip the TWBX into a TWB and its associated folder which contains the underlying data.

              • 4. Re: Difference between various Tableau files
                Sam Wright

                Thanks Jason. So if you just send someone just a TWB they can't access the underlying data?

                • 5. Re: Difference between various Tableau files
                  Matt Hong

                  Yes that is correct.