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Add Web Report Designer to an ASP.NET Core application

This section explains the steps required to add Web Report Designer to an ASP.NET Core application. To create an ASP.NET Core application with Bold Report Designer, follow these steps:

To get start quickly with Report Designer, you can check on this video:

Bold Reports ASP.NET Core supports from .NET Core 2.1 only. So, choose the .NET Core version ASP.NET Core 2.1 or higher versions for Designer API creation.

  1. Start Visual Studio 2022 and click Create a new project.

  2. Choose ASP.NET Core Web App (Model-View-Controller) and then click Next.

  3. Change the project name, and then click Next.

  4. In the dropdown for the ASP.NET Core version, choose ASP.NET Core 6.0, then click Create. Do not select Enable Docker Support. Creating a new ASP.NET Core Application Project

    If you need to use Bold Reports with ASP.NET Core on Linux or macOS, then refer to this Can Bold Reports be used with ASP.NET Core on Linux and macOS section.

List of dependency libraries

The Web API service configuration requires the following report server-side packages.

Right-click the project or solution in the Solution Explorer tab, and choose Manage NuGet Packages. Alternatively, select the Tools > NuGet Package Manager > Manage NuGet Packages for Solution menu command and then search the following BoldReports.AspNet.Core and BoldReports.Net.Core packages to install them in the application. The following table provides details about the packages and their usage.

Package Purpose
BoldReports.Net.Core Used to create Web API service for processing the reports.
BoldReports.AspNet.Core Contains tag helpers to create client-side web Report Designer control.

Refer to the NuGet Packages to learn more details about installing and configuring Report Designer NuGet packages.

The following table provides details about the dependency packages and its usage.

Assemblies Purpose
Syncfusion.Compression.Net.Core Supports for exporting the report to PDF, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel format. It is a base library for the packages Syncfusion.Pdf.Net.Core , Syncfusion.DocIO.Net.Core and Syncfusion.XlsIO.Net.Core.
Syncfusion.Pdf.Net.Core Supports for exporting the report to a PDF.
Syncfusion.DocIO.Net.Core Supports for exporting the report to a Word.
Syncfusion.XlsIO.Net.Core Supports for exporting the report to an Excel.
Syncfusion.OfficeChart.Net.Core It is a base library of the Syncfusion.XlsIO.Net.Core package.
Newtonsoft.Json Serialize and deserialize the data or report for web report designer. It is a mandatory package for the web report designer, and the package version should be higher of 10.0.1 for NET Core 2.0 and others should be higher of 9.0.1.
System.Data.SqlClient This is an optional package for the report viewer and designer. It should be referred in project when process the RDL report and which contains the SQL Server and SQL Azure data source. Also, the package version should be higher of 4.1.0 .

Refer Scripts and CSS

Directly refer the scripts and style sheets that are mandatorily required to render the web Report Designer, from CDN links. Open the \Views\Shared\_Layout.cshtml page and refer the scripts and styles as shown in the below example code.

NOTE : Include the scripts and CSS references under the appropriate environment. (For eg: If your environment is “Development”, then refer the scripts and CSS files under the tag environment include=“Development”). Refer all the required external and internal scripts only once in the page with proper order.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
    <meta charset="utf-8" />
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0" />
    <title>@ViewData["Title"] - ReportDesignerSample</title>

    <environment include="Development">
        <link href="https://cdn.boldreports.com/6.1.34/content/material/bold.reports.all.min.css" rel="stylesheet" />
        <link href="https://cdn.boldreports.com/6.1.34/content/material/bold.reportdesigner.min.css" rel="stylesheet" />
        <link href="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/codemirror/5.37.0/codemirror.min.css" rel="stylesheet" />
        <link href="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/codemirror/5.37.0/addon/hint/show-hint.min.css" rel="stylesheet" />
        <!--Render the gauge item. Add this script only if your report contains the gauge report item. -->
        <script src="https://cdn.boldreports.com/6.1.34/scripts/common/ej2-base.min.js"></script>
        <script src="https://cdn.boldreports.com/6.1.34/scripts/common/ej2-data.min.js"></script>
        <script src="https://cdn.boldreports.com/6.1.34/scripts/common/ej2-pdf-export.min.js"></script>
        <script src="https://cdn.boldreports.com/6.1.34/scripts/common/ej2-svg-base.min.js"></script>
        <script src="https://cdn.boldreports.com/6.1.34/scripts/data-visualization/ej2-lineargauge.min.js"></script>
        <script src="https://cdn.boldreports.com/6.1.34/scripts/data-visualization/ej2-circulargauge.min.js"></script>
        <!--Render the map item. Add this script only if your report contains the map report item.-->
        <script src="https://cdn.boldreports.com/6.1.34/scripts/data-visualization/ej2-maps.min.js"></script>
    </environment>
</head>
<body>
    <environment include="Development">
        <script src="https://cdn.boldreports.com/external/jquery-1.10.2.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
        <script src="https://cdn.boldreports.com/external/jsrender.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
        <script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/codemirror/5.37.0/codemirror.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
        <script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/codemirror/5.37.0/addon/hint/show-hint.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
        <script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/codemirror/5.37.0/addon/hint/sql-hint.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
        <script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/codemirror/5.37.0/mode/sql/sql.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
        <script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/codemirror/5.37.0/mode/vb/vb.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
        <script src="https://cdn.boldreports.com/6.1.34/scripts/common/bold.reports.common.min.js"></script>
        <script src="https://cdn.boldreports.com/6.1.34/scripts/common/bold.reports.widgets.min.js"></script>
        <script src="https://cdn.boldreports.com/6.1.34/scripts/common/bold.report-designer-widgets.min.js"></script>
        <!--Chart component script added before the Report Designer and viewer script to render report with chart report item-->
        <script src="https://cdn.boldreports.com/6.1.34/scripts/data-visualization/ej.chart.min.js"></script>
        <script src="https://cdn.boldreports.com/6.1.34/scripts/bold.report-viewer.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
        <script src="https://cdn.boldreports.com/6.1.34/scripts/bold.report-designer.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
    </environment>
    <div style="height: 600px;width: 100%;">
        @RenderBody()
    </div>
    @RenderSection("Scripts", required: false)
</body>
</html>

Refer to the Dependencies to learn more details about web Report Designer dependent scripts and style sheets links. To learn more about rendering a report with data visualization report items, refer to the how to render data visualization report items section.

Configure Script Manager

Open the the ~/Views/Shared/_Layout.cshtml page and add the Script Manager at the end of <body> element as in the following code sample.

<body>
    ....
    ....
    <!-- Bold Reporting ScriptManager -->
   <bold-script-manager></bold-script-manager>
</body>

Tag helper

It is necessary to define the following tag helper within the _ViewImports.cshtml page to initialize the web Report Designer component with the tag helper support.

    @addTagHelper *, Microsoft.AspNetCore.Mvc.TagHelpers
    @using BoldReports.TagHelpers
    @addTagHelper *, BoldReports.AspNet.Core

Initialize Report Designer

Initialize the web Report Designer as shown in the following code sample in any web page (cshtml) of your application in the ~/Views folder. For an example, the Index.cshtml page can be replaced with the following code by removing the existing codes

<div style="height: 500px;width: 100%;">
    <bold-report-designer id="designer"></bold-report-designer>
</div>

Add API Controller

  1. Right-click the project and select Add > New Item from the context menu.

  2. In the Add New Item dialog, select API Controller Empty class and name it as ReportingAPIController, and then click Add. Adding a new controller to the project

    While adding API Controller class, name it with the suffix Controller that is mandatory.

Configure Web API

The IReportDesignerController interface contains the required actions and helper methods declaration to process the designer file and data actions. The ReportDesignerHelper and ReportHelper class contains methods that help to process Post or Get request from the control and return the response.

ReportDesignerHelper

The class ReportDesignerHelper contains helper methods that help to process Post or Get request from the web Report Designer control and returns the response to the web Report Designer control. It has the following methods.

Methods Description
GetResource Returns the report resource for the requested key.
ProcessReport Processes the report request and returns the result.

ReportHelper

The class ReportHelper contains helper methods that help process Post or Get request for report preview action and returns the response to the web Report Designer. It has the following methods.

Methods Description
GetResource Returns the report resource for the requested key.
ProcessReport Processes the report request and returns the result.

Open ReportingAPIController.cs file and replace the following code example.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using Microsoft.AspNetCore.Http;
using Microsoft.AspNetCore.Mvc;
using BoldReports.Web.ReportViewer;
using BoldReports.Web.ReportDesigner;

namespace ReportDesignerSample
{
    [Route("api/[controller]/[action]")]
    public class ReportingAPIController : Controller, BoldReports.Web.ReportDesigner.IReportDesignerController
    {
        private Microsoft.Extensions.Caching.Memory.IMemoryCache _cache;
        private Microsoft.AspNetCore.Hosting.IWebHostEnvironment _hostingEnvironment;

        public ReportingAPIController(Microsoft.Extensions.Caching.Memory.IMemoryCache memoryCache, Microsoft.AspNetCore.Hosting.IWebHostEnvironment hostingEnvironment)
        {
            _cache = memoryCache;
            _hostingEnvironment = hostingEnvironment;
        }

        [NonAction]
        private string GetFilePath(string itemName, string key)
        {
            string dirPath = Path.Combine(this._hostingEnvironment.WebRootPath + "\\" + "Cache", key);

            if (!System.IO.Directory.Exists(dirPath))
            {
                System.IO.Directory.CreateDirectory(dirPath);
            }

            return Path.Combine(dirPath, itemName);
        }

        public object GetImage(string key, string image)
        {
            return ReportDesignerHelper.GetImage(key, image, this);
        }

        public object GetResource(ReportResource resource)
        {
            return ReportHelper.GetResource(resource, this, _cache);
        }

        [NonAction]
        public void OnInitReportOptions(ReportViewerOptions reportOption)
        {
            //You can update report options here
        }

        [NonAction]
        public void OnReportLoaded(ReportViewerOptions reportOption)
        {
            //You can update report options here
        }

        [HttpPost]
        public object PostDesignerAction([FromBody] Dictionary<string, object> jsonResult)
        {
            return ReportDesignerHelper.ProcessDesigner(jsonResult, this, null, this._cache);
        }

        public object PostFormDesignerAction()
        {
            return ReportDesignerHelper.ProcessDesigner(null, this, null, this._cache);
        }

        public object PostFormReportAction()
        {
            return ReportHelper.ProcessReport(null, this, this._cache);
        }

        [HttpPost]
        public object PostReportAction([FromBody] Dictionary<string, object> jsonResult)
        {
            return ReportHelper.ProcessReport(jsonResult, this, this._cache);
        }

        [NonAction]
        public bool SetData(string key, string itemId, ItemInfo itemData, out string errorMessage)
        {
            errorMessage = string.Empty;
            if (itemData.Data != null) {
                System.IO.File.WriteAllBytes(this.GetFilePath(itemId, key), itemData.Data);
            }
            else if (itemData.PostedFile != null) {
                var fileName = itemId;
                if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(itemId)) {
                    fileName = System.IO.Path.GetFileName(itemData.PostedFile.FileName);
                }

                using(System.IO.MemoryStream stream = new System.IO.MemoryStream())
                {
                    itemData.PostedFile.OpenReadStream().CopyTo(stream);
                    byte[] bytes = stream.ToArray();
                    var writePath = this.GetFilePath(fileName, key);

                    System.IO.File.WriteAllBytes(writePath, bytes);
                    stream.Close();
                    stream.Dispose();
                }
            }
            return true;
        }
        [NonAction]
        public ResourceInfo GetData(string key, string itemId)
        {
            var resource = new ResourceInfo();
            try {
                var filePath = this.GetFilePath(itemId, key);
                if (itemId.Equals(Path.GetFileName(filePath), StringComparison.InvariantCultureIgnoreCase) && System.IO.File.Exists(filePath)) {
                    resource.Data = System.IO.File.ReadAllBytes(filePath);
                }
                else {
                    resource.ErrorMessage = "File not found from the specified path";
                }
            }
            catch (Exception ex)
            {
                resource.ErrorMessage = ex.Message;
            }
            return resource;
        }

        [HttpPost]
        public void UploadReportAction()
        {
            ReportDesignerHelper.ProcessDesigner(null, this, this.Request.Form.Files[0], this._cache);
        }
    }
}

Set the service URL

To browse, open and save the reports in the application, set the WebAPI controller name to the ServiceUrl property of the web Report Designer. You can replace the following code in your web Report Designer page.

<div style="height: 500px;width: 100%;">
  <bold-report-designer id="designer" service-url="/api/ReportingAPI" ></bold-report-designer>
</div>

Run the Application

Run the sample application and you can see the web ReportDesigner on the page as displayed in the following screenshot.

Report Designer demo

Note: You can refer to our feature tour page for the ASP.NET Core Report Designer to see its innovative features. Additionally, you can view our ASP.NET Core Report Designer examples which demonstrate the rendering of SSRS RDLC and RDL reports.