Overview

The report writer is a class library that is used to export the RDL/RDLC report with popular file formats like PDF, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel without previewing the report in web page. This section describes how to export the RDL report to PDF in ASP.NET Core application using the ReportWriter.

Environment setup

Refer to the installation page to know more about the basic steps required to configure the Syncfusion components to use with ASP.NET Core application.

NOTE

NuGet package reference will be mostly preferred with ASP.NET Core development to setup the environment without installation. If you missed to explore, refer to the nuget-package-manager-settings to configure the Syncfusion NuGet source.

References

You should add the following packages for the report viewer:

Package Purpose
Syncfusion.Report.NETStandard It contains the `ReportWriter` class library to generate file format reports using RDL and RDLC report.
Syncfusion.Compression.NETStandard Supports for exporting the report to PDF, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel format. It is a base library for the packages Syncfusion.Pdf.NETStandard , Syncfusion.DocIO.NETStandard and Syncfusion.XlsIO.NETStandard.
Syncfusion.Pdf.NETStandard Supports for exporting the report to a PDF.
Syncfusion.DocIO.NETStandard Supports for exporting the report to a Word.
Syncfusion.XlsIO.NETStandard Supports for exporting the report to an Excel.
Syncfusion.OfficeChart.NETStandard It is a base library of the Syncfusion.XlsIO.NETStandard package.
System.Data.SqlClient This is an optional package for the report viewer. It should be referred in project when renders the RDL report and which contains the SQL Server and SQL Azure datasource. Also, the package version should be higher of 4.1.0 .

Generate the PDF file

You should use the Save method in ReportWriter to generate the PDF document along with information of the report stream, it will return the generated file as Stream. The report writer supports generating the files with formats of PDF, Word, and Excel. Here, the sample codes are explained to generate the PDF and the WriterFormat is used as PDF.

  • c#
  • public class HomeController : Controller
        {
            // IHostingEnvironment used with sample to get the application data from wwwroot.
            private Microsoft.AspNetCore.Hosting.IHostingEnvironment _hostingEnvironment;
    
            // IHostingEnvironment initialized with controller to get the data from application data folder.
            public HomeController(Microsoft.AspNetCore.Hosting.IHostingEnvironment hostingEnvironment)
            {
                _hostingEnvironment = hostingEnvironment;
            }
    
            [HttpPost]
            public IActionResult Pdf()
            {
    
                string basePath = _hostingEnvironment.WebRootPath;
                // Here, we have loaded the sample report report from application the folder wwwroot. 
                // Invoice.rdl should be there in wwwroot application folder.
                FileStream inputStream = new FileStream(basePath + @"\Invoice.rdl", FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read);
                Syncfusion.ReportWriter.ReportWriter writer = new Syncfusion.ReportWriter.ReportWriter(inputStream);
    
                // Steps to generate PDF report using Report Writer. 
                MemoryStream memoryStream = new MemoryStream();
                writer.Save(memoryStream, Syncfusion.ReportWriter.WriterFormat.PDF);
    
                // Download the generated from client.
                memoryStream.Position = 0;
                FileStreamResult fileStreamResult = new FileStreamResult(memoryStream, "application/pdf");
                fileStreamResult.FileDownloadName = "Invoice.pdf";
                return fileStreamResult;
            }
    }

    NOTE

    You cannot load the application report with path information in the ASP.NET Core. So, you should load the report as stream like an example provided above in the Pdf method.

    This is an example home page to invoke the Web API from client for the above sample codes:

  • cshtml
  • @{Html.BeginForm("Pdf", "Home", FormMethod.Post);
        {
            <div>
                <input type="submit" value="Generate PDF" style="width: 150px;" />
            </div>
        }
            Html.EndForm();
        }

    Parameters for report

    SetParameters methods can be used with report writer to generate the file format report based on parameters. The following sample code explains passing the parameter based on the information received from the client.

  • c#
  • public class HomeController : Controller
        {
            // IHostingEnvironment used with sample to get the application data from wwwroot.
            private Microsoft.AspNetCore.Hosting.IHostingEnvironment _hostingEnvironment;
    
            // IHostingEnvironment initialized with controller to get the data from application data folder.
            public HomeController(Microsoft.AspNetCore.Hosting.IHostingEnvironment hostingEnvironment)
            {
                _hostingEnvironment = hostingEnvironment;
            }
    
            [HttpPost]
            public IActionResult Pdf()
            {
    
                string basePath = _hostingEnvironment.WebRootPath;
                // Here, we have loaded the sample report report from application the folder wwwroot. 
                // Invoice.rdl should be there in wwwroot application folder.
                FileStream inputStream = new FileStream(basePath + @"\Invoice.rdl", FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read);
                Syncfusion.ReportWriter.ReportWriter writer = new Syncfusion.ReportWriter.ReportWriter(inputStream);
    
                // Assigning the report parameter based on selected value from user.
                string invoiceID = this.HttpContext.Request.Form["invoiceId"].ToString();
    
                List<Syncfusion.Report.ReportParameter> parameters = new List<Syncfusion.Report.ReportParameter>();
                Syncfusion.Report.ReportParameter param = new Syncfusion.Report.ReportParameter();
                param.Name = "InvoiceID";
                param.Values = new List<string>() { invoiceID };
                parameters.Add(param);
                writer.SetParameters(parameters);
    
                // Steps to generate PDF report using Report Writer.
                MemoryStream memoryStream = new MemoryStream();
                writer.Save(memoryStream, Syncfusion.ReportWriter.WriterFormat.PDF);
    
                // Download the generated from client.
                memoryStream.Position = 0;
                FileStreamResult fileStreamResult = new FileStreamResult(memoryStream, "application/pdf");
                fileStreamResult.FileDownloadName = "Invoice.pdf";
                return fileStreamResult;
            }
    }

    This is an example page to invoke the Web API from client for the above sample codes.

  • cshtml
  • @{Html.BeginForm("Pdf", "Home", FormMethod.Post);
        {
            <div>
                <input name="invoiceId" value="10255" style="width: 150px;" />
                <input type="submit" value="Generate PDF" style="width: 150px;" />
            </div>
        }
            Html.EndForm();
        }

    NOTE

    The invoice sample report can be obtained from the Syncfusion ASP.NET Core sample browser installed location (wwwroot\reports\invoice.rdl).