Tableau Desktop 2020 Silent Install (How-To Guide)


Tableau Desktop is a business intelligence and data visualization tool that lets you see and understand data in minutes. This article will serve as an informative guide and give you a clear understanding of how to perform a silent installation of Tableau Desktop from the command line using the EXE installer.

How to Install Tableau Desktop Silently

Tableau Desktop 2020 Silent Install (EXE)

  1. Navigate to: https://www.tableau.com/support/releases
  2. Select the 2020 version you would like to install
  3. Download the file to a folder created at (C:\Downloads)
  4. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  5. Navigate to the C:\Downloads folder
  6. Enter the following command:
    • TableauDesktop-64bit-2020-x-x.exe /quiet /norestart ACCEPTEULA=1
  7. Press Enter

After a few moments you should see the Tableau Desktop Shortcut appear. You will also find entries in the Start Menu, Installation Directory, and Programs and Features in the Control Panel.

Software Title:Tableau 2020
Vendor:Tableau Software
Architecture:x64
Installer Type:EXE
Silent Install Switch:TableauDesktop-64bit-2020-x-x.exe /quiet /norestart ACCEPTEULA=1
Silent Uninstall Switch:TableauDesktop-64bit-2020-x-x.exe /uninstall /quiet /norestart
Repair Command:TableauDesktop-64bit-2020-x-x.exe /repair /quiet /norestart
Download Link:https://www.tableau.com/support/releases

The information above provides a quick overview of the software title, vendor, silent install, and silent uninstall switches. The download links provided take you directly to the vendors website. Continue reading if you are interested in additional details and configurations.


Additional Configurations

Create an Installation Log File

The Tableau Desktop installer offers the option to generate a log file during installation to assist with troubleshooting should any problems arise. You can use the following commands to create a verbose log file with details about the installation.

Tableau Desktop 2020 Silent Install with Logging

TableauDesktop-64bit-2020-x-x.exe /quiet /norestart /log "%WINDIR%\Temp\Tableau2020-Install.log" ACCEPTEULA=1

Change Default Installation Directory

You can change the default installation directory by using the following command line parameters. In this example, I’m installing Tableau Desktop to “C:\Tableau 2020”

TableauDesktop-64bit-2020-x-x.exe /quiet /norestart ACCEPTEULA=1 INSTALLDIR="C:\Tableau 2020"

Exclude Tableau Desktop Shortcut During Install

The Tableau installer creates a desktop shortcut by default. If you don’t want the desktop shortcut, then you can run the following command line switches to exclude it.

Tableau Desktop 2020 Silent Install with No Desktop Shortcut

TableauDesktop-64bit-2020-x-x.exe /quiet /norestart ACCEPTEULA=1 DESKTOPSHORTCUT=0

Disable Tableau Desktop Auto Update Check

The Tableau installer has Auto Update and the Check for Product Update enabled by default. If you want to disable Tableau auto updates you can run the following command line switches.

Tableau Desktop 2020 Silent Install with Auto Updates Disabled

TableauDesktop-64bit-2020-x-x.exe /quiet /norestart ACCEPTEULA=1 AUTOUPDATE=0

Disable the Microsoft SQL Server Driver Install

Tableau Desktop 2020 Silent Install Excluding Microsoft SQL Server Driver

TableauDesktop-64bit-2020-x-x.exe /quiet /norestart ACCEPTEULA=1 DRIVER_MSSQL=0

Disable the PostgreSQL Driver Install

Tableau Desktop 2020 Silent Install Excluding PostgreSQL Driver

TableauDesktop-64bit-2020-x-x.exe /quiet /norestart ACCEPTEULA=1 DRIVER_POSTGRES=0

Disable the Amazon Redshift Driver Install

Tableau Desktop 2020 Silent Install Excluding Amazon Redshift Driver

TableauDesktop-64bit-2020-x-x.exe /quiet /norestart ACCEPTEULA=1 DRIVER_REDSHIFT=0

Disable Tableau Telemetry

Tableau collects data that helps them learn how their products are being used so they can improve existing features and develop new ones. If you don’t want to participate in this option, you can opt out during the install by running the following command line switches.

Tableau Desktop 2020 Silent Install with Telemetry Disabled

TableauDesktop-64bit-2020-x-x.exe /quiet /norestart ACCEPTEULA=1 SENDTELEMETRY=0

Activate Tableau Product Key During Install

Tableau Desktop 2020 Silent Install with Product Key Activation

TableauDesktop-64bit-2020-x-x.exe /quiet /norestart ACCEPTEULA=1 ACTIVATE_KEY=XXXXXXXXXXXX

How to Uninstall Tableau Desktop Silently

  1. Open an Elevated Command Prompt by Right-Clicking on Command Prompt and select Run as Administrator
  2. Enter the following command:

Tableau Desktop 2020 Silent Uninstall (EXE)

TableauDesktop-64bit-2020-x-x.exe /uninstall /quiet /norestart

Always make sure to test everything in a development environment prior to implementing anything into production. The information in this article is provided “As Is” without warranty of any kind.

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