Display your Tableau Dashboard with OptiSigns

Display Tableau on Big Screen TV with OptiSigns

You have created an awesome Tableau Dashboard, and now it's time for everyone in the office to see it. With OptiSigns, you can easily share your Tableau Dashboard on TVs, providing accessibility to more people.

This is a better option than hooking up a laptop or PC because OptiSigns allows you to:

  • Automatically start and display the dashboard with zero touch
  • Cycle through multiple Tableau Dashboards to display a range of important priorities
  • Create a playlist and mix in other office communications such as PowerPoint, Google Slides, Images, Videos, YouTube, etc.
  • Remotely update and schedule any content, including a selection of Tableau Dashboards.

Let's dive in to see how it all works! If you haven't used OptiSigns yet, it is a digital signage app that runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Raspberry Pi, allowing you to remotely manage contents on your digital screens. You can try it for free by following the setup guide for Windows or Mac.

Once your screen is paired with OptiSigns, you can create an instance of our Tableau Dashboard.

First, log in to app.optisigns.com, click Files/Assets, then click Apps and select the Tableau App.

Optisigns Apps

  • Next, go to your Tableau Dashboard, and click the "Share" button to obtain the URL.
  • You can add "?:embed=yes&:tabs=no" at the end of the URL to hide the Tableau Menu and create a cleaner-looking Dashboard on TV screens. Your URL should look like this:

    http://tabserver/views/Date-Time/DateCalcs?:embed=yes&:tabs=no

optisigns screen setting

  • Return to OptiSigns and paste the Tableau Dashboard URL into the provided Modal as shown below. You can also assign a name to the Tableau App for internal management purposes in OptiSigns (this name will not be displayed on the TV).
  • For the duration, please enter how often you want the Dashboard to be refreshed (this is similar to a browser tab that displays the Dashboard). Refreshing the Dashboard every hour (3600s) is a reasonable interval. Avoid refreshing the Dashboard too frequently as it may cause authentication issues and force your user account to log out from Tableau Online.

Tableau Dashboard

To assign the newly created Tableau App to your screen, navigate to the "Screens" tab and click "Edit Screen."

Tableau Dashboard

Next, select "Type: Assets" and choose the newly created Tableau App (in this case, it's Tableau - Sales Dashboard). Then click "Save."

Tableau Dashboard

The Tableau Dashboard is now assigned to your screen. Unlike PowerBI, Tableau does not provide an Authentication API. Therefore, you will need to enter a username and password for each device and click "Save Password."


Tableau Dashboard

That's it! Your dashboard is now displayed on your TV.

Tableau Dashboard

You can easily change the displayed Dashboard on your devices remotely by utilizing the app.optisigns.com portal. Additionally, you can create a playlist to cycle through multiple Dashboards, or even add images or other content to mix in with your Dashboard content. OptiSigns provides a vast selection of apps that can help improve office communication, such as Outlook Calendar, Google Calendar, Notice Boards, Social Media Feeds, etc. Please visit our app page to learn more.

A note on using Tableau with Digital Signs:For optimal results, we recommend using Windows, Linux, Mac, or Raspberry Pi to display your Tableau Dashboard. Android boxes or FireSticks may be challenging to enter credentials, and Tableau Online frequently logs these devices out of authentication, causing inconvenience. We highly recommend using Raspberry Pi as a player since it is cost-efficient (approximately $70) and supports Tableau Online well.

Thank you for reading. If you have any questions or feedback, please share them with us at support@optisigns.com.