Publish a Dashboard Extension

If you want to share the dashboard extensions you create with others you have several options. If the dashboard extension is running on a publicly accessible web server over HTTPS, you can distribute the manifest file (.trex). Dashboard authors can then add the extension to their dashboards.

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Sharing an extension by sharing the workbook

The easiest way to share an extension with others is to share the workbook that contains the dashboard extension. If the extension is hosted on web site that is accessible and the extension is using HTTPS protocol, viewers of the dashboard will be able see and use the extension. However, if the users do not also have access to the dashboard extension manifest file (.trex), they will not be able to add the extension to other dashboards or to other workbooks.

Publishing a dashboard extension to Tableau Server or Tableau Cloud

While you don’t exactly publish a dashboard extension to Tableau Server or Tableau Cloud, you can publish the workbook that contains an extension to Tableau Server. You can also add a dashboard extension to a dashboard on Tableau Server or Tableau Cloud when you are in authoring mode.

However, to run on Tableau Server or Tableau Cloud, your extension must:

Note If you want to test your extension with Tableau Cloud and you are running an extension on http://localhost during development, see Load and view localhost content on sites that use secure connections

Tableau Server and Tableau Cloud have settings that control whether dashboard extensions are allowed to run and whether specific extensions can access the underlying data in a dashboard.

To enable a dashboard extension on Tableau Server or Tableau Cloud, the server administrator or the site administrator (Tableau Cloud) must allow extensions for the site. The administrators can then choose to enable the default policy that allows unknown extensions that only request summary data to run, provided users grant the extension permission. These extensions are unknown in the sense that they have not been explicitly added to the safe list or to the blocked list on Tableau Server or Tableau Cloud.

If your extension requires access to full data (underlying data) the server or site administrator must add the URL of your extension to a safe list and must explicitly grant the extension access to full data. The server or site administrator can also configure whether users of your extension will see prompts requesting permission to run.

The following flowchart shows how the settings on Tableau Server or Tableau Cloud determine whether an extension is allowed or denied permission to run.

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See Manage Dashboard Extensions on Tableau Server or Manage Dashboard Extensions on Tableau Cloud for more information.

Publishing a dashboard extension to the Tableau Exchange

If you want to make your dashboard extension readily available to a large number of people, you can take steps to have your extension added to the Tableau Exchange.

Publishing your extension to the Tableau Exchange means that people will be able to discover your extension, find out what it can do, and then add the extension to their dashboards, all while working within Tableau.

In addition to the requirements for all extensions to ensure security and usability, such as:

Dashboard extensions that appear in the Tableau Exchange must also:

For information about getting your extension into the Tableau Exchange, see Submitting your Extension to the Tableau Exchange.

For information about designing an extension, see Design Guidelines for Dashboard Extensions.

Publishing or sharing a dashboard extension on the Communities page

Another way to share your work with other developers is to add it to the Community Portal for Dashboard Extensions. You can use the portal to provide links to your source code and you can also provide a .trex file for users to download. To make it easier for others to use your extension, we ask that your .trex file specifies a link to a hosted version of your extension See Hosting and Contributing to the Community Portal

Submit your extension to the Community Portal for Dashboard Extensions