Tableau Public is Committed to Free

By Ellie Fields- December 8, 2014

Datawrapper burst on the scene a few years ago with an innovative approach to visualizing data, and has been used by a number of great newspapers since. We love to see different approaches to analyzing and presenting data on the web—the data world is large, and there is room for lots of innovation. Datawrapper is seeing tremendous growth and just announced it needs to begin to charge for the service,to support its infrastructure. That’s a good thing, because it means that Datawrapper should be around for a long time.

I also want to take this chance assure you that Tableau Public will remain free. We do offer a paid premium version of Tableau Public for those who want a few extra features. But what really keeps our lights on is Tableau’s business products like Tableau Desktop, Tableau Server and Tableau Online.

Years ago I wrote a blog post titled "Our Commitment to Tableau Public". That commitment is the same today as it was then, and for the same reasons: We’re a company of data geeks trying to help people see and understand their data. We believe there should be sophisticated analytics tools for people trying to join the public discussion on Ebola, on education, on any topic of interest. And Tableau Public does serve to make people aware of the potential of data analytics, which is good for us commercially.

Team Public with a visiting author, Angel Hugo of El Comercio.

So keep on using Tableau Public, and keep on using Datawrapper, and keep on trying the new tools that come up. Because there’re lots of data and lots of stories to tell with it and we’re all trying to advance the art together.


Great post Ben! I've often thought that Tableau Public was one of the most brilliant ideas Tableau ever came up with. The ability to share a story, post a how-to blog, or simply troubleshoot a workbook is a complete game changer and is the foundation for the great Tableau community. I'm sure you don't hear it enough, but we really appreciate all the work that you and the team put into it. Many thanks-