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Export RDL/RDLC reports programmatically in C#

Programmatically create and export SSRS, RDL, and RDLC reports to PDF, Word, Excel and more.


WPF Report Writer is a powerful library that enables exporting SSRS RDL and RDLC reports from various reporting applications. It supports silent printing of reports in multiple formats, such as PDF, Word, and Excel, without rendering or viewing from a report viewer control. The library also offers developer-friendly APIs to create reports programmatically without a user interface and allows customization of exporting options.

What you can do with WPF Report Writer

Reports from anywhere

Effortlessly create and export SSRS RDL and RDLC reports with the WPF Report Writer. With or without a report server, the writer allows easy access to reports from Microsoft SSRS, SSRS SharePoint, as well as applications, cloud storages, and databases.

The WPF Report Writer exports reports from the server and any application.
Types of file formats supported for exporting in the WPF Report Writer.

Export formats

Export reports in commonly used file formats, like PDF, Word, Excel, CSV, PowerPoint, XML, and HTML.

Create SSRS RDL/RDLC reports programmatically in C#​

Use simple APIs to create SSRS RDL/RDLC reports programmatically in C# and change report item properties without using a visual design interface.

Create SSRS RDL and RDLC reports programmatically in C# using the WPF Report Writer.
The WPF Report Writer connects to any report data source.

Connect to any data source

Export reports created using a built-in data source, business object collection, or data processing extension against any data source:

  • Bullet inBuilt-in data sources:
    Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Azure, SQL CE, XML, Microsoft Access, Oracle, OLEDB, and ODBC.
  • Bullet inBusiness object data sources: IList, DataTable, and Dataset.
  • Bullet inCustom data processing extensions: OData, SSAS, MySQL, SQLite, PostgreSQL, and more.

Eye-popping data visualization

Share insights by exporting reports containing a variety of report items using the WPF Report Writer:

  • Basic items: Text box, image, line, and rectangle.
  • Data region items: Table, matrix (pivot table), and list.
  • Data visualization: Charts, sparklines, data bars, gauges, indicators, and maps.
  • Subreports.
  • Custom report items: Barcodes, QR barcodes, and more.

The WPF Report Writer supports a variety of visually stunning report items.
Enhance your reports and emphasize important data on demand with the WPF Report Writer's styling options.

Presentation-ready reports

Export reports with unmatched clarity by highlighting data on demand using the WPF Report Writer. Style your reports using the following data customization options:

  • HTML/rich text rendering
  • Conditional formatting
  • Simple and complex expressions

Data shaping

Export organized and shaped data using the following options to make bolder business decisions:

  • Sorting
  • Filtering
  • Grouping
  • Summaries and aggregates
  • Calculated fields

The WPF Report Writer allows for exporting reports as documents that integrate data-shaping features such as data sorting, filtering, grouping, and calculated fields.
The WPF Report Writer supports using report parameters to modify the data exported from SSRS RDL and RDLC reports on the fly.

Report parameters

Set the following parameter types to interact with the report on the fly to modify the data exported from RDL/RDLC reports:

  • Cascading parameters
  • Non-queried parameters
  • Queried parameters
  • Multivalued parameters

Interactive reports

The WPF Report Writer exports reports with interactive features like drill down, hyperlinks, bookmarks or anchors, document map, sub-reports, and nested data regions.

The WPF Report Writer allows for interactive features such as drilldowns, hyperlinks, bookmarks, and anchors to be utilized after exporting the report.
With the WPF Report Writer, print reports without having to view or render them in the Report Viewer.

Silently print reports​

End users can silently print reports without viewing or rendering them in Report Viewer.

Encrypt and secure documents

Encrypt and password-protect exported documents with a range of low to high encryption standards.

The WPF Report Writer enables the use of encryption standards ranging from low to high to provide security for exported documents.
The WPF Report Writer provides developers with simple APIs to change the export files’ format.

Change the default file format​

Users can change the default file format to any other file format version that is supported by the selected file type. APIs are included for setting the format before exporting the document:

  • Word file formats: doc, docx, and more.
  • Excel file formats: xls, xlsx, and more.

Advanced layouts for merged cells

Report Writer supports additional export layouts in Word and Excel formats to eliminate tiny columns, rows, and merged cells. These layouts:

  • Overcome the merging problem with tiny cells, rows, and columns in SSRS Excel and Word exporting.
  • Provide clear readability by eliminating the tiny columns, rows, and merge cells.
  • Allow you to perform data manipulations such as sorting, filtering, and grouping in Excel.

The WPF Report Writer supports advanced layouts for merged cells in exports to Excel and Word.
The WPF Report Writer offers APIs that are developer-friendly for all its features.

Developer-friendly APIs

You have control over all behaviors of the Report Writer to provide the best experience to your end users through a rich set of developer-friendly APIs.

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