Tableau Motion Chart

Animating Time Series data with a Tableau Motion Chart

Animating Time Series data with a Tableau Motion Chart

One of my favorite things to do in Tableau is to animate data using the pages shelf.  When you leverage the Tableau pages shelf, you have the ability to step through your  Tableau time series data much like you would visualize a flip book.  Tableau permits paging through your data much like a movie is played out frame by frame.  What we’re creating with this feature is a Tableau Motion Chart.  

I’ve put together a short demo on how you can quickly set up a motion chart in Tableau.  Let us know in the comments how you’re using the Tableau Pages Shelf to animate your data!

Tableau Motion Chart

Creating a Tableau Motion Chart


6 replies
  1. Brad
    Brad says:

    I am really impressed with this blog! Very clear explanation of Tableau motion chart is given and it is very useful to everyone. Thanks for sharing this post.

    Reply
  2. anon
    anon says:

    Heya i’m for tthe first tim here. I found this board and I find It really useful & itt helped me out a
    lot. I hope to give something back and help others like you aided me.

    Reply
  3. Sarada Kumar Choudhury
    Sarada Kumar Choudhury says:

    Motion charts are showing changes data points over time by showing the moment of data points. But there is one measure draw back, that after publishing the motion chart to server or production the play button disappears. Please check the below mentioned links. So please let me know how to enable the play button, after publishing it to server.

    https://community.tableau.com/thread/264896
    https://community.tableau.com/thread/264896#264896

    Reply
  4. Rus
    Rus says:

    Is it possible to only show a portion of the data on-screen at a time and have the x-axis automatically scroll to the right (and have the y-axis adjust the scale accordingly)?

    Reply
  5. Nora
    Nora says:

    Hey! Thanks for very informative video. Do you know if its possible to play animations automatically without clicking play button on Tableau Desktop?

    Reply

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6 replies
  1. Brad
    Brad says:

    I am really impressed with this blog! Very clear explanation of Tableau motion chart is given and it is very useful to everyone. Thanks for sharing this post.

    Reply
  2. anon
    anon says:

    Heya i’m for tthe first tim here. I found this board and I find It really useful & itt helped me out a
    lot. I hope to give something back and help others like you aided me.

    Reply
  3. Sarada Kumar Choudhury
    Sarada Kumar Choudhury says:

    Motion charts are showing changes data points over time by showing the moment of data points. But there is one measure draw back, that after publishing the motion chart to server or production the play button disappears. Please check the below mentioned links. So please let me know how to enable the play button, after publishing it to server.

    https://community.tableau.com/thread/264896
    https://community.tableau.com/thread/264896#264896

    Reply
  4. Rus
    Rus says:

    Is it possible to only show a portion of the data on-screen at a time and have the x-axis automatically scroll to the right (and have the y-axis adjust the scale accordingly)?

    Reply
  5. Nora
    Nora says:

    Hey! Thanks for very informative video. Do you know if its possible to play animations automatically without clicking play button on Tableau Desktop?

    Reply

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