**A histogram chart** is a type of graphical chart that’s used to show the distribution of numerical data.

A histogram chart is very similar to a bar chart, but a histogram usually shows the distribution of a single variable in a specified range of numbers.

For example, suppose you have a dataset of book prices as follows:

```
Book prices (USD)
3
7
3
8
4
15
```

The price ranges from $3 to $15. You can create a histogram showing the distribution of book prices in groups of $5:

- The
*first*group is from $0 to less than $5**(3, 3, 4)** - The
*second*group is from $5 to less than $10**(7, 8)** - The
*third*group is from $10 to less than $15**(none)** - The
*fourth*group is from $15 to less than $20**(1)**

The histogram would look as follows in Tableau:

As you can see, a histogram chart shows the distribution of the book price into a specified range of values.

This tutorial will help you learn how to create a histogram chart using Tableau.

First, you need to download the sample dataset below:

The dataset contains fictional sales data of an office supplies company that you can use to create a histogram.

Let’s create a histogram of the `Total Sales`

variable with the following steps:

- Drag the
`Total Sales`

variable into the**Columns**shelf - Open the
**Show Me**pane and click on the**histogram**icon

The **histogram** chart icon is located on *the second column of the seventh row* in the **Show Me** pane as shown below:

Once you click on the histogram icon, Tableau will plot the `Total Sales(bin)`

field and the `CNT(Total Sales)`

field as the graph axis:

You can add more marks to the chart to make it more informative. For example:

- Add the
`City`

variable as a**Color**mark to the graph - Add the
`City`

variable again as a**Label**mark to the graph - Add the
`CNT(Total Sales)`

as a**Label**mark to the graph

Now your histogram chart should look as follows:

And that’s how you create a histogram chart with Tableau.

You can also customize the bins that group the variable using the following tutorial:

Learn what Tableau bins are and when to use them

You can view and download the workbook for this tutorial here:

I hope this tutorial has been useful for you. 🙏