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Display SSRS RDL report in Bold Reports WPF Report Viewer

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

Create the application project

  1. Open Visual Studio 2017 and select File > New > Project.

  2. Go to Installed > Visual C# > Windows Desktop, and then select the required .NET Framework in the dropdown.

  3. Select the WPF App (.NET Framework), change the application name, and then click OK.

    WPF application project 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.Wpf NuGet package, and install them in your WPF application.

    Package Purpose
    BoldReports.Wpf Contains WPF Reporting controls (Report Viewer and Report Writer) to preview and export the reports.

Initialize Report Viewer

  1. Import the Report Viewer namespace as shown below in the MainWindow.xaml file,

  2. Initialize the Report Viewer component inside the <Grid> tag as shown below in the MainWindow.xaml file,

            <syncfusion:ReportViewer Name="reportViewer" />

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 Syncfusion installation location. For more information, refer to the samples and demos section.

  3. Set the Build Action to content and Copy to Output Directory to either Copy always or Copy if newer. Build action template

Set report path

  1. Open the MainWindow.xaml.cs file.

  2. Initialize the window loaded event inside the MainWindow() constructor.

    public MainWindow()
        this.Loaded += new RoutedEventHandler(MainWindow_Loaded);
    private void MainWindow_Loaded(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
  3. Set the ReportPath property in the MainWindow_Loaded event and invoke the RefreshReport() method to render the report.

  4. You can replace the following code in your MainWindow_Loaded event method.

    private void MainWindow_Loaded(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
        this.reportViewer.ReportPath = System.IO.Path.Combine(Environment.CurrentDirectory, @"Resources\sales-order-detail.rdl");

Preview the report

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

Preview of sales order detail report

Note: You can refer to our feature tour page for the WPF Report Viewer to see its innovative features.

See Also

Create RDLC report

Migrate Report Viewer

List of SSRS server versions are supported in Bold Reports