The Narratives for Tableau extension is available for Tableau Desktop and Server version 2018.2. You will need to download this version of Tableau to access our extension. 


The Narratives for Tableau extension is downloaded as a .trex file that your Narrative Science Customer Success Manager or Sales Representative will send to you. If you do not have a contact at Narrative Science, please contact us at We recommend that you save this extension in a folder on your desktop for easy access since you will need it each time you create a new dashboard.


To use your extensions, open or create a dashboard in Tableau and find the “Extensions” icon on the left side of your screen.  


Drag this object onto your dashboard into the desired location. This action will open a dialog box prompting you to choose your extension.   



Click “My Extensions” and navigate to the folder where you saved your .trex file. Select that .trex file. This will launch the Narrative extension in your dashboard.

You may also see the following pop up that asks you to give permission for data accessibility. If you'd like to disable this pop up when creating a new narrative, you can follow these steps.

After you click OK your Narrative extension will launch in your dashboard.

To learn more about setting up your narratives, visit Narrative Set Up