8 Replies Latest reply on Sep 6, 2017 5:43 AM by Ghouse Shaik

    Auto Login with PHP

    Naser Sobhan



      In our organization, we have multiple dashboards but we need single login to all, we can't make them be public, most of our dashboard developed with PHP and Java, now we have our own login system, now we want autologin with PHP to tableau Dashboard (static single user like "user" with password of "password" only view reports) , like when we user login to our Main web portal, it should autologin to tableau dashboard too.


      I have tried ticket, it's not working (I don't know why) but I can't get the ticket.


      what should I, is there anyway that I can get the login token in tableau login page and auto login using php, or any other way



      thank you.

        • 1. Re: Auto Login with PHP
          Michael Bodell

          Can you provide more details of your Tableau Server configuration?  Are you using local users? Active Directory? Trusted Authentication?


          The first thing that comes to my mind would be to create a single user for this limited "view only" purpose in Tableau Server (assuming you're not using Active Directory).  Then configure Tableau Server for trusted authentication (Tableau Server will need to trust the server where the PHP code / website is running).  You can then embed a view in your PHP page.  This embedded view can be configured to request a ticket for the user you created (hard code the user in the PHP page) and then use that ticket in the URL to the Tableau view that will be rendered in the page.


          Trusted Authentication - this resource has details of how trusted authentication works as well as examples that can be adapted for  your scenario.

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          • 2. Re: Auto Login with PHP
            Vien Hua

            I believe hard coding the user in for something like this would be violating the EULA

            • 3. Re: Auto Login with PHP
              Michael Bodell

              You may be right about the EULA. Based on the original question I was not sure if the page was for public consumption or internal only.


              For example, if you are already using trusted auth to allow internal users to access the Tableau viz, then you have probably turned the guest account off.  In this scenario, if you still have a Viz that is intended to public consumption on the website, you have no way to enable it unless you do what I described.


              That said, if the users in Tableau (usernames) match the users (usernames) that are used to log in to the PHP site, then you can use trusted auth in the way it was intended and not in violation of any EULA.  You simply need to be able to obtain the username of the user in the PHP page and use that to request the auth ticket from Tableau Server.  Of course you also need to enable trusted authentication and add the PHP server (IP or Name/FQDN) to the list of trusted hosts on the Tableau Server.


              This resource should provide some guidance. Trusted Authentication


              There are also some example resources in the Tableau Embedding folder on your Tableau Server (included with your install).  One of these examples is for PHP.

              • 4. Re: Auto Login with PHP
                Vien Hua

                Absolutely Michael! As long as you can obtain the username from the PHP script, that username can be sent to request a ticket and then use in trusted auth. Here's a sample script:


                $username = $_POST['username']; # Retrieve username from user's input

                $server = $_POST['server'] . "/trusted"; # Retrieve server URL from user's input and add /trusted

                $site = $_POST['site']; # Retrieve site ID from user's input

                $view = $_POST['view']; # Retrieve view URL from user's input


                $ch = curl_init($server); # Initialize cURL session


                $data = array('username' => $username, 'target_site' => $site); # Data to send, add site ID or IP address for validation if desired. For example:

                # array('username' => $username, 'target_site' => $site_id, 'client_ip' => $client_ip_address)

                # See http:#onlinehelp.tableausoftware.com/current/server/en-us/help.htm#trusted_auth_webrequ.htm


                curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, true); # Tells cURL to use POST method

                curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, $data); # Tells cURL what data to post

                curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true); # Return ticket in a variable instead of displaying it on the screen


                $ticket = curl_exec($ch); # Execute cURL function which will post to Tableau Server and retrieve ticket into this variable


                curl_close($ch); # Close the cURL session


                <iframe src="$server/$ticket/$view" width="600" height="600"></iframe> # For default site

                <iframe src="$server/$ticket/t/$site/$view" width="600" height="600"></iframe> # For non-default site

                • 5. Re: Auto Login with PHP
                  IT SIB

                  Hi, I have the same question but it goes with Tableau Online. And with your code it doesn't work. Any suggestion?

                  • 6. Re: Auto Login with PHP
                    Vien Hua

                    Trusted authentication cannot be used with Tableau Online.

                    • 7. Re: Auto Login with PHP
                      IT SIB

                      Is there any alternative for Tableau Online of this purpose?

                      • 8. Re: Auto Login with PHP
                        Ghouse Shaik

                        Hi IT SIB,


                        I think Alternative way is to use SAML Authentication.


                        Thanks & Regards,

                        Ghouse Shaik.