This is unexpected.
Could you please open that big twbx, save it as twb file in a separate directory and take a look at the content?
Also, attach twb here.
Do you have a rough idea how many visualisations/sheets you created? This shouldn't have affected it much but I'm trying to replicate the issue. What version of Tableau are you using? I've tested in 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, and 9.3 and I do not see the size of the file increasing. In fact I see it dramatically decreasing.
I didn't create any visualisations. Its an empty twbx file with data.
Did you do any joins on your data? Even the smallest data file can easily explode in size if the join criteria is done in such a way.
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I can't reproduce. TWBX of that TWB+Excel file is a bit over 1MB.
Do you still have that large TWBX file around? Can you rename it to Book1.zip and see what's inside (i.e. what files and folders are there)?
I have done nothing. I just added the excel in tableau and saved it. The size became 122 MB. And the file i added was the sales data file that i attached with this question. Did you try to add that file to tableau see if the size is changing ? Is this something that is happening only on my system ?
Hi, thanks for the advice. I used RAR to open the file and found that there is a file called "GEOCODING.FDB" that is 353 MB size inside the twbx. I checked "My Tableau Repository" folder and that file is in there too. I was trying out some R connection to automatically generate geocodes for some of the Indian Cities, I think this was that file created. Once i removed the Custom Geocoding, the twbx file size became 1.2 MB.
Thank you for helping me out.
This KB does mention that...
A packaged workbook (.twbx) contains a Tableau workbook, and it may contain one or more of the following local files:
- Background images
- Custom geocoding
- Custom shapes
- Local cube files
- Microsoft Access files
- Microsoft Excel files
- Tableau data extract files (.tde)
- Text files (.csv, .txt., etc.)