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Worldwide Filled Map Geocoding Pack for Tableau

If you enjoy creating maps in Tableau but would like to do them using the ‘Geographic Role’ menu to create either point or filled maps without the need to blend in a polygon data, this is the solution for you!

Download Worldwide Geocoding Pack for Tableau

The following geocoding roles are available as both point and filled map mark types:

  • Continents
  • Global Regions (useful for worldwide sales areas)
  • Countries
  • EU NUTS (All Levels)
  • US Parks & Protected Areas

Also available as point locations

  • Airports
  • Ports

Installation & Use

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Copy the ‘Local Data’ folder and its contents contained in the download to your ‘My Tableau Repository’ and restart Tableau Desktop. Then select the appropriate geocoding role by right clicking on a dimension, going to ‘Geographic role’ in the menu and selecting the role that corresponds to your dimension. Then double click on the dimension to draw a point mark type map, changing the mark type from ‘Automatic’ to the ‘Filled map’ creates a filled map. Alternatively use ‘Show Me’ to switch between the two map types.

While the ‘Local Data’ folder is in your Tableau Repository you will no longer have access to the default Tableau geocoding data. To restore back to default simply move the ‘Local Data’ folder out of your repository,rename it or delete it. Then restart Tableau Desktop.

If you wish to redistribute a workbook using this custom geocoding pack be sure to save the workbook as a packaged workbook (TWBX) or go to File -> Export Packaged Workbook… in the main menu.

Want to Grow Your Own?

I think anybody should be able to create their own custom filled maps. Alteryx makes it really easy to do just that, check out this post for full instructions.

Craig Bloodworth

York, UK

7 thoughts on “Worldwide Filled Map Geocoding Pack for Tableau

  1. Hey Craig – thanks for putting this together!!!
    I have a client right now in Morocco that doesnt like the default borders defined with Western Sahara. You almost fixed this with your new country file, but you must used the river Berm as the border in your fix leaving a little void in the map. Any chance you can help me fix this? Im a newbie with the FDB file.

  2. These geocodings seems like they would work well with what I’m doing. Any chance there is way to get this to work on Tableau 8?

  3. Hi Craig,
    There are times when I’d like to use one of the geocoding roles contained in your pack above with one of Tableau’s default geocode roles (e.g. your UK Local Authorities with Tableau’s Cities) in a dual axis map. I currently don’t have a way to do this – I don’t suppose you know of a way round it?
    Many thanks,

  4. Hi Craig,
    Thanks for all your great work and support you’re providing in Tableau.
    Do you please have a UK & all Ireland Filled Map Geocoding Pack for Tableau?
    NB: UK and All Ireland in the same Geocoding Pack for Tableau

    Best regards

  5. Thanks to everyone who’s left a comment on this post over the last 18 months. Since Tableau v10.2 will support shape file connectivity, we will no longer need these geocoding packs and therefore we won’t be maintaining or updating them — the new way to work with custom geography is so much easier!

    Look out for a new blog post coming soon on how this new functionality works

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