A WinForms reporting tool is a software component used for data consolidation and visualization within the Visual Studio IDE. ActiveReports.NET is a solution used by .NET developers to embed reporting within desktop applications. Major features such as flexible report designers and viewers, rich controls, and extensible API make ActiveReports.NET an industry leader.

  • WinForms Report Designers

    Empower users to create reports on demand by embedding the fully customizable End-User Report Designers in your desktop applications. Our intuitive designers are easy to use for technical and non-technical report authors.

  • Reliability You Can Trust

    ActiveReports has been a pioneering reporting solution since 1998 by introducing the first reporting tool to work inside the Visual Basic IDE, and then the first 3rd party Visual Studio integrated designer in .NET. After almost three decades, we continue to bring you, and your users, extensive reporting experience with rich controls, advanced features, and the latest tech.

  • Deliver To Any Device

    Extend WinForms reporting to Windows, Linux, or macOS by embedding ActiveReports in your .NET applications. Create and deliver interactive WinForms reports to any device with the web and desktop applications.

  • Royalty-Free Deployment

    Distribute reports in your WinForms applications without additional licensing. Runtime royalty-free with no user fees or CALs, freely distribute the customizable end-user report designers to your users for on-demand reporting.

  • Report Controls

    Visualize your data with feature-packed controls such as charts, tables, Tablix, barcodes, sparklines, and maps for WinForms reporting tool. Combined with multiple report types, ActiveReports provides the means to design reports for any business need.

  • Plug and Play Connectivity

    Create reusable connections to ODBC, OLEDB, .NET, XML, Web Services, Data Objects, and runtime data sources even if you can't write a database query. Mix multiple sources in a single project and share reports for optimal efficiency.

Our Top WinForms Reporting Features

WinForms Ad-Hoc Reporting to End-Users

Offer Ad-Hoc Reporting to End-Users

By embedding the customizable End-User Report Designer component in your desktop or web solution, you can give your users a tailored ad hoc report-creation experience.

Integrated Designer WinForms Report Designer Visual Studio Add-in

Visual Studio Integrated Designer

Create reports in the same window as your project without switching to a different app with ActiveReports' VS Integrated Designer. This designer is fully integrated with Visual Studio offering a Toolbox, Properties and Report Explorer panes, and much more.

Multiple Report Types

Branch Out With Multiple Report Types

Pick from layout-driven page reports, scrolling RDL reports, and event-driven section reports to create a full-featured report library.

No-Code End-User WinForms Report Designer App

Extensible APIs

Extensible APIsControl runtime report rendering using our extensible API. Customize report viewers, designers, and report data regions for a complete white-labeled experience.

WinForms Master Reports

Design Once, Use Everywhere

WinForm reports designed with any of our report designers can be used in any desktop or web applications.

WinForms Export to Multiple Formats

Export to Multiple Formats

Export to major modern document types like PDF, Excel, CSV, DocX, JSON, Word, RTF, HTML, Text, XML, and TIFF.

WinForms Report Layers


Group controls within Layers to ensure WYSIWYG output or to make minor changes to the layout at runtime.

WinForms Dynamic Reporting

Dynamic Reporting

Use expressions and custom code to control report behavior at runtime. Use events to dynamically bind reports to data.

WinForms Report Framework and WYSIWYG Layout

WYSIWYG Report Layout

With defined boundaries for each report item, Page reports generate a pixel perfect, WYSIWYG, report.

WinForms Reports Bookmarks


Bookmarks allow your users to jump to a section of your report. They are, essentially, hyperlinks that move the user to another area within the same report. Bookmarks are most useful with long reports such as ledgers and catalogs.

WinForms Drill-Down Reporting

Drill-Down Reporting

Drill down functionality allows you to present an overview of your report while giving your users the ability to drill down into the more granular levels of data by clicking '+' icon. Drill Down reporting is as simple as setting the 'Toggle' property in ActiveReports.

WinForms Drill-Through Reporting

Drill-Through Reporting

The Drill-Through feature is a way of presenting the same data, or a subset of data, in a different layout and with different controls. Add another layer of efficacy by passing parameters to filter the child report.

WinForms Reports Interactive Tabular Reports


Sorting is a basic interactive feature most useful with tabular reports. Setting an interactive sort is as easy as setting the 'Sort Expression' property in ActiveReports.

WinForms Reports Using Parameters

Parameterized Reports

Another way to create dynamic reports is to use Parameters. Parameters are prompts to take user input and filter the data to the desired volume.

WinForms Reports Table of Content

Table of Contents

Display an organized hierarchy of report heading levels and labels, along with their page numbers, in the body of your report.

WinForms Reports Conditional Formatting

Conditional Formatting

Conditionally format your .NET reports easily using expressions. Expressions are simple scripts that you can use to calculate values, concatenate strings, or set a condition under which a style is applied.

WinForms Financial Accounting Reports


Create financial accounting reports for WinForms with ActiveReports using Table and Tablix controls that have built-in support for aggregates and calculated fields to summarize accounting data.

WinForms Reporting Grouping


Table, Tablix, Charts, and other data regions support grouping. Create from simple tabular report to a complex multi-level grouped, sorted, and drill-down reports. Setting grouping, sorting, and drill-down is done by setting a single property.

WinForms Reports Nested Controls

Nested Controls

Group one control inside another. Controls, such as a textbox, table, Tablix, and shapes, allow you to place other controls inside them. You can nest a chart, image, or even a table inside another table.

WinForms Reports Watermark Using Forms


Create real-world reports for .NET with ActiveReports. This report shows how to add a watermark to a legal and sensitive document such as government forms, agreements, acquisitions, and mergers.

WinForms Master Report

Master Reports

Create dynamic templates for maintaining branding, layout, themes, data sources, code, and apply them across all reports. Control what areas of the report users can modify and lock the rest.

WinForms Subreports


Re-use your reports, or use data from multiple disparate data sources in a single report with subreports. Changes in subreport will automatically show everywhere it is used.

WinForms Reports Formatted Text and Mail Merge

Mail Merge

Embed HTML text in your WinForms reports using ActiveReports FormattedText control. As a versatile reporting control, FormattedText is frequently used to create mail merge reports.

WinForms Reports Over 80 Chart Types


ActiveReports offers a total of 85 chart types across different chart technologies. Some of those charts include Area Charts, Bar Charts, Bubble Charts, Column Charts, Financial Charts, Line Charts, Pie Charts, Scatter Charts, and other complex charts.

WinForms Reporting Sparklines


Embed Sparklines in your WinForms reports to show data trends in a simple chart. Sparklines can show data as Line, Column, Whisker, Area, or StackedBar type.

WinForms Reports Maps Utilizing Regional Information


Use maps in your WinForms reports to deliver regional information. ActiveReports maps use multiple layers (Polygon, Point, Line, and Tile) to display data.

WinForms Reports Over 120 Barcodes


ActiveReports has over 120 barcode symbologies available to use in your WinForms projects.

WinForms Reporting Bullet Charts


Bullet graphs, or bullet charts, are a great way to show progress towards a certain goal and serve as an alternative to dashboard gauges and meters.

WinForms Report Using AcroForms


Creating editable PDFs, or PDF Forms, is easy with ActiveReports' InputField control. The InputField can be set to Textbox or Checkbox.

WinForms Hierarchical Report Layout

Hierarchical Layout

Create hierarchical, tree-view type, reports using the List, Table, Tablix, and BandedList controls. Embed one or more controls within each data region with grouping enabled and optionally set drill-down functionality.

Right-To-Left Support

RTL and Localization

ActiveReports supports both Left-To-Right and Right-To-Left text direction. Localize, ActiveReports controls, designers, and viewers to the Culture and Language Name property as defined by MSDN.

WinForms Reports Data and List Control


Easily build a free-form layout for repeating data records using the List control. With the Detail Grouping property, the List control will iterate its layout until the grouped data is exhausted.

WinForms Multiple Column Reports

Multi-Column Reports

You can divide your report page into multiple columns, similar to MS Word. This demo shows a report with a 2-column layout and the table filling both columns.

Deliver Beautifully-Designed WinForms Reports in Less Time with the ActiveReports Designers

ActiveReports WinForms Standalone Designer App

End-User Report Designer for Desktop

This standalone app enables you to build complete design-based reports code-free and offer ad hoc report design for your end-users in your desktop apps.

  • Easily create new reports with the drag-and-drop interface
  • Customize to fit your needs
  • Toolbox, Properties, Report Explorer, and Grouping panels built-in
  • FFamiliar, user-friendly, UI

Visual Studio Integrated Designer

Visual Studio Integrated Report Designer

The Visual Studio-based designer includes full integration into the best .NET IDE.

  • Toolboxes and properties windows
  • Drag and drop controls to the design surface
  • Build code-based functions in the code behind
  • Available in ActiveReports Professional and Standard

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