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Display SSRS RDL report in Bold Reports ASP.NET MVC Report Viewer

This section explains you the steps required to create your first ASP.NET MVC reporting application to display an already created SSRS RDL report in the Bold Reports ASP.NET MVC Report Viewer without using a Report Server.

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

Create an ASP.NET MVC 5 application

  1. Open Visual Studio 2017, click the File menu, go to New, and then select Project.

  2. Go to Installed > Visual C# > Web, and then select the required .NET Framework in the drop-down.

  3. Select ASP.NET Web Application (.NET Framework), change the application name, and then click OK.

    Asp.Net MVC5 project template

  4. Choose MVC and Web API, and then click OK.

    Asp.Net MVC5 web application template

Configure Report Viewer in an application

  1. Right-click the project or solution on the Solution Explorer tab, and choose Manage NuGet Packages. Alternatively, select Tools > NuGet Package Manager > Manage NuGet Packages for Solution.

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

  2. Search for BoldReports.Web, BoldReports.JavaScript, and BoldReports.Mvc5 NuGet packages, and install them in your MVC application.

    Package Purpose
    BoldReports.Web Creates Web API service to process the reports.
    BoldReports.Mvc5 Contains HTML helpers to create client-side Report Viewer control.
    BoldReports.JavaScript Contains reporting components scripts and style sheets.
  3. Open the ~/Views/Web.config file and add the BoldReports.Mvc assembly reference to the <system.web.webPages.razor> element.

            <pages pageBaseType="System.Web.Mvc.WebViewPage">
                    <add namespace="BoldReports.Mvc"/>
  4. Set the value of UnobtrusiveJavaScriptEnabled to false in the Root directory web.config file as demonstrated in the following code example.

        <add key="UnobtrusiveJavaScriptEnabled" value="false" />

    If you want to use ‘UnobtrusiveJavaScriptEnabled’, then use the ej.unobtrusive.min.js script with your application. You can get the script from the installed location as shown in the following image. unobtrusive script

Refer scripts and CSS

Install the BoldReports.JavaScript and BoldReports.Mvc5 nuget packages into your application.

  • BoldReports.JavaScript - contains Report Viewer scripts and style sheets.
  • BoldReports.Mvc5 - contains HTML Helpers for Report Viewer.

Successful installation adds the scripts and styles to the Scripts and Content folders in your application.

  1. The following scripts and style sheets are mandatorily required to use the Report Viewer.

    • bold.reports.all.min.css
    • jquery.min.js
    • ej.chart.min.js - Renders the chart item. Add this script, only if your report contains the chart report item.
    • ej2-base.min.js, ej2-data.min.js, ej2-pdf-export.min.js, ej2-svg-base.min.js, ej2-lineargauge.min.js, and ej2-circulargauge.min.js - Render the gauge item. Add these scripts only if your report contains the gauge report item.
    • ej2-maps.min.js - Renders the map item. Add this script only if your report contains the map report item.
    • bold.reports.common.min.js
    • bold.reports.widgets.min.js
    • ej.chart.min.js - Renders the chart item. Add this script only if your report contains the chart report item.
  2. Open the \Views\Shared\_Layout.cshtml page.

  3. Add the listed references in the same order given in the above list. You can replace the following code in the \Views\Shared\_Layout.cshtml page.

    If you need to refer to the online CDN links instead of the local script and style sheets, then please refer to this Bold Reports CDN section.

    <!DOCTYPE html>
        <meta charset="utf-8" />
        <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
        <title>@ViewBag.Title - My ASP.NET Application</title>
        <div style="min-height: 600px;width: 100%;">
        <!--Render the gauge item. Add these scripts only if your report contains the gauge report item.-->
        <!--Renders the map item. Add this script only if your report contains the map report item.-->
        <!--Renders the chart item. Add this script only if your report contains the chart report item.-->
        <!-- Report Viewer component script-->
        @RenderSection("scripts", required: false)

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

    <!-- Bold Reports script manager -->

Initialize Report Viewer

Using the Bold() tag, add the Bold Report Viewer component to any web page (cshtml) of your application in the ~/Views folder. For example, the Index.cshtml page can be replaced with the following code by removing the existing codes.


Add already created reports

The Report Viewer is only for rendering reports. You must use a report generation tool to create a report. To learn more about this, refer to the create RDL report section.

  1. Create a folder Resources in your application to store the RDL reports.

  2. Add already created reports to the newly created folder.

    In this tutorial, the sales-order-detail.rdl report is used, and it can be downloaded at this link. You can add the reports from the Bold Reports installation location. For more information, refer to the samples and demos section.

Configure Web API

The interface IReportController has a declaration of action methods that are defined in the Web API Controller for processing the RDL, RDLC, and SSRS reports and for handling requests from the Report Viewer control. The IReportController has the following action methods declaration.

Methods Description
PostReportAction Action (HttpPost) method for posting the request in the report process.
OnInitReportOptions Report initialization method occurs when the report is about to be processed.
OnReportLoaded Report loaded method occurs when the report and sub report start loading.
GetResource Action (HttpGet) method is used to get resources for the report.


The class ReportHelper contains helper methods that help to process a Post or Get request from the Report Viewer control and return the response to the Report Viewer control. It has the following methods:

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

Add Web API Controller

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

  2. Select the Web API Controller Class from the listed templates and name it as ReportViewerController.cs. Provide controller name

  3. Click Add.

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

  4. Open the ReportViewerController and add the following using statement.

    using BoldReports.Web.ReportViewer;
  5. Inherit the IReportController interface, and implement its methods (replace the following code in the newly created Web API controller).

    public class ReportViewerController : ApiController, IReportController
        // Post action for processing the RDL/RDLC report
        public object PostReportAction(Dictionary<string, object> jsonResult)
            return ReportHelper.ProcessReport(jsonResult, this);
        // Get action for getting resources from the report
        public object GetResource(string key, string resourcetype, bool isPrint)
            return ReportHelper.GetResource(key, resourcetype, isPrint);
        // Method that will be called when initialize the report options before start processing the report
        public void OnInitReportOptions(ReportViewerOptions reportOption)
            // You can update report options here
        // Method that will be called when reported is loaded
        public void OnReportLoaded(ReportViewerOptions reportOption)
            //You can update report options here

Add routing information

To configure routing to include an action name in the URI, open the WebApiConfig.cs file and change the routeTemplate in the Register method as follows.

public static class WebApiConfig
    public static void Register(HttpConfiguration config)
        // Web API configuration and services

        // Web API routes

        name: "DefaultApi",
        routeTemplate: "api/{controller}/{action}/{id}",
        defaults: new { id = RouteParameter.Optional }

If you are looking to load the report directly from the SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), then you can skip the following steps and move to the SSRS Report section.

Set report path and service URL

To render the reports available in the application, set the ReportPath and ReportServiceUrl properties of the Report Viewer. You can replace the following code on your Report Viewer page.


The report path property is set for the RDL report that is added to the project Resources folder.

Preview the report

Build and run the application to view the report output in the Report Viewer as displayed in the following screenshot.

Sales Order Detail Report

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

See Also

Render report with data visualization report items

Create RDLC report

List of SSRS server versions are supported in Bold Reports