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Tableau Desktop helps you analyze data and get quick answers to questions through visualizations, interactive dashboards, and data tables. Connect directly to the Data Warehouse, Excel spreadsheets, and other data sources.

Note: Free downloads for Tableau Reader are available for users that need only to view and interact with Tableau Desktop visualizations.

How to Obtain


Free educational licenses for Desktop are available from Tableau for current MIT students, faculty, and staff. Affiliates cannot download Tableau software, but may access tableau.mit.edu (MIT certificates and/or a Touchstone account required).

A limited number of licenses for Tableau Desktop for Administrative Use are available.

Free Student use license: Tableau Desktop for students

Free Academic use/Lab license: Tableau Desktop for Teaching
Refers to the use of Tableau Desktop for "Instructional Use" or "Non-commercial Academic Research" on MIT-owned or MIT-leased computers.

  • Instructional Use means:
    • Evaluating Tableau for classroom use
    • Developing materials and familiarity in Tableau for classes
    • Academic instruction
  • Non-commercial Academic Research means conducting not-for-profit research, which is not intended to; or in fact, produce results, works, services, or data for commercial use by anyone or to generate revenue.


Go to tableau.mit.edu to view Tableau workbooks.