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Create a Performance Recording

Tableau Server on Windows now includes Tableau Services Manager (TSM), which replaces the Configuration Utility and the tabadmin command line tool. If you need help for an earlier version of Tableau Server, see the Tableau Help page.

The Performance Recording feature in Tableau records performance information about key events as you interact with a workbook. You can then view performance metrics in a workbook that Tableau creates to analyze and troubleshoot different events that are known to affect performance:

  • Query execution

  • Geocoding

  • Connections to data sources

  • Layout computations

  • Extract generation

  • Blending data

  • Server blending (Tableau Server only)

Tableau support may ask that you create a performance workbook as they work with you to diagnose performance issues.

Enable Performance Recording for a Site

By default, performance recording is not enabled for a site. A server administrator can enable performance recording site by site.

  1. Navigate to the site for which you want to enable performance recording.

  2. Click Settings:

  3. Under Workbook Performance Metrics, select Record workbook performance metrics.

  4. Click Save.

Start a Performance Recording for a View

  1. Open the view for which you want to record performance.

    When you open a view, Tableau Server appends ":iid=<n>" after the URL. This is a session ID. For example:

    http://10.32.139.22/#/views/Coffee_Sales2013/USSalesMarginsByAreaCode?:iid=1
  2. Type :record_performance=yes& at the end of the view URL, immediately before the session ID. For example:

    http://10.32.139.22/#/views/Coffee_Sales2013/USSalesMarginsByAreaCode?:record_performance=yes&:iid=1
  3. Click the Refresh button in the toolbar.

  4. Load the view.

    A visual confirmation that performance recording has started is the Performance option in the view toolbar:

View a Performance Recording

  1. Click Performance to open a performance workbook. This is an up-to-the-minute snapshot of performance data. You can continue taking additional snapshots as you continue working with the view; the performance data is cumulative.

  2. Move to a different page or remove :record_performance=yes from the URL to stop recording.