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'Publish to Tableau Server' tool unable to authenticate with Tableau Online

9 - Comet

I've been using the Publish to Tableau Server tool successfully with on-prem server, but recently spun up a Tableau Online site and cannot get the tool to authenticate the connection.


Read through the Alteryx documentation a few community posts and noted the differences for connecting to Online, specifically designating the full path for the site.


Receiving Status 401: Unauthorized and Signin Error 401001: Errors Signing into Tableau Server


We are using SAML Auth for most users and am aware the tool does not work with a SAML auth'd account but the credentials I'm using are listed under Tableau Auth to bypass SAML.


Also tried, at the suggestion of Tableau, using the related IP Address instead of the resolved URL - no luck.


Any thoughts would be appreciated!

13 - Pulsar
13 - Pulsar

Hi @LHolmes


We've had success with this, but user authentication in Tableau Online needs to be set to username and password. 

9 - Comet

Hi @ggruccio ,


We figured it out this afternoon. The documentation at  states the Site input needs the full URL:


Publish to Tableau Server Documentation Snippet.png


What we found is that it only needs the site name listed. In the example above mycompanysite is all that needs to be entered in the Site input:


Publish to Tableau Server Snippet 2.png


We are back up and running.




11 - Bolide

Thank you for the solution @LHolmes!




Sam 🙂

5 - Atom

Thank you so much for this @LHolmes !!!! V helpful and also great surname

7 - Meteor

Hi Alteryx Community,


Have a question.  Is it possible to use the Publish to Tableau Server tool when a user is set up with SSO on Tableau Online? 


Thanks in advance for any help provided.  


Hi @Thorsty1 , that is unfortunately not possible since we're using Tableau's API, which does not support SSO. If the username/password is possible to be used, the only other option is to use Personal Access Token, which is supported in the new Tableau Output tool. However, so far only Tableau Cloud is supported and On-Prem is coming in 2 months.



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