ActiveReports helps you design, customize, publish, and view data in your business applications. It has the tools to design everything from simple invoices to complex statistical data visualizations. You can even enable your end users to design reports for themselves while retaining control over their access to your application data

Complete collection of data visualization controls

ActiveReports outfits you with a toolbox packed with controls to help you create any kind of report you can imagine

Customizable viewers for every platform

Embed royalty-free, customizable viewers into your applications to give your users a table of contents, thumbnails, drilldown interactivity, parameters, and even annotations

Dynamic reports

Use property expressions to change the run-time behavior of controls in RDL and Page reports, or control Section Report behavior using fired events or even design dynamic reports entirely in code

Ad-hoc reporting for your end users

Give users the power to make the changes themselves with a fully customizable set of report designer controls

Integrated with ActiveReports Server

Create reports in the developer friendly Visual Studio integrated report designer or the End User Designer controls and publish them, along with related resources, directly to the ActiveReports Server for user access

Visual Studio Integrated Designer

Design reports in the Visual Studio IDE, with full integration into the toolbox and properties windows

Report Types for Every Need

RDL Reports - Data-Driven Reports

RDL reports are like a continuous roll of paper. You can use multiple report components in one page (traditionally impossible without sub-reports) and multiple data sources in one report. The continuous page is useful when you don't know how much data there will be. It runs through the data rows until it’s finished. This is a great option for long tabular reports such as general ledgers.

Page Reports - Layout-Driven Reports

In Page reports, pages act as containers. Each page can be a copy of the first or a clean page. Data that overflows your tables or other data regions can span pages, but you control the layout of each page and specify where the overflow data goes with a placeholder. This report type is great for billing statements, mail merge, catalogs, forms, and other reports with layout constrictions.

Section Reports - Traditional Banded Reports

This is the traditional ActiveReports banded report with a detail section for repeating data, and optional header and footer sections for groups, pages, and the overall report. Section Reports can also be completely code based. If you want to generate reports using all code, this might be the option for you.

Customizable Viewers for Every Platform

Embed our customizable viewers into your applications to give your users a table of contents, thumbnails, drilldown interactivity, parameters, and even annotations. They are royalty-free and ready to use, so there is no need to code your own.


Display your reports in PDF format, raw HTML, or in a fully interactive Flash or ASP.NET viewer.

Responsive HTML5 Viewer

Embed it in your web application to offer your users the best experience across devices.

WPF Viewer

Embed the touch-enabled viewer built specifically for WPF applications.

WinForms Viewer

Displays reports in your Windows applications with full interactivity support for drill down reports.

Dynamic Reports

With an extensive .NET API, you can control Section Report behavior using events or even design dynamic reports entirely in code. Use property expressions to change the run-time behavior of controls in RDL and Page reports.

Unique Code-based Report Type

This special report type has code-behind, just like your Windows Forms controls that lets you use C# and VB.NET code-behind to generate, design, render, print, or export reports.

.NET Overloadable Events

Overload and define what happens at each event in the report execution process, from initialization to run, render, export, and print.

Property Expressions

Change the runtime behavior of RDL or Page Reports and their data regions and controls using property expressions.

Comprehensive API

The .NET API is integrated into the Visual Studio IDE and provides you with the same control over properties that you expect from Visual Studio controls.

Self-Service Reporting for Your End Users

End users always ask for tweaks in standard reports. Give them the power to make the changes themselves with a fully customizable set of report designer controls.

Install without Visual Studio

Report designers who aren't developers can install and license ActiveReports on a machine without Visual Studio, allowing BI analytics teams and IT staff to design and distribute reports.

Report Designer Control

Add a drag and drop report designer to your application. Control the functionality and experience through the extensive set of .NET properties, methods, and events.

Report Library Control

Enable your users to construct reports using parts from other reports in the system. The report parts automatically bring along data and settings, making report design a breeze.

Report Explorer Control

Display the functional parts of their report including datasources, datasets, charts, textboxes, bullets, and more.

Layers and Group Editor Controls

Provide your users with more finite design control for complex reports and data regions.

Integrated with ActiveReports Server

Create reports in the developer friendly Visual Studio integrated report designer or the End User Designer controls and publish them, along with related resources, directly to the ActiveReports Server for user access with full multi-tenant support, server-based report execution, and scalable deployment.

Report Parts

Use Reports already hosted on the server as Report Parts libraries to create new reports to publish on the server.

Shared Datasources & Datasets

Publish and manage datasource connections to the server. Create secured datasets for easy access to data without needing to recreate datasets for each report.

Shared Stylesheets

Format all your reports to look the corporate brand by sharing CSS like Stylesheets for RDL and Page reports securely shared on the server.

Server Images, Master Reports and SubReports

Publish Images, Master Reports and Sub Reports to create brand consistent template reports and shared subreports to use across your reporting requirements.

Server based report execution

Leverage the power of your server environment to execute reports even for your WinForm and WPF Report Viewers.

ActiveReports Professional vs. Standard Edition

Professional edition offers all the features of ActiveReports plus:

  • End User Designer control
  • Maps
  • HTTP Handlers
  • WebViewer control
  • DocX exporting
  • Advanced PDF export options
Standard Edition includes :
  • Viewer controls, three report types
  • A range of exports
  • Visual Studio-integrated report designer with a toolbox full of report controls


Add a dynamic Table of Contents using AR Pro's DocX export API

Other Popular Features

The fast .NET reporting engine gets and processes data into the report layout. It is streamlined and performance-focused. We constantly ensure optimal memory use and efficient report rendering.

Flexible .NET API

Flexible .NET API

We integrate with Visual Studio as a native toolset, so all the properties that you can set in the Properties window are also available in code. You can even control what happens when reports initialize, run, render, export, and print using events.

Selective Layer Printing

Selective Layer Printing

You can provide different versions of a report for different targets using the Layers feature, or scan preprinted forms for accurate layout that you can turn off for printing.

Convert Crystal Reports

Convert Crystal Reports

ActiveReports includes utilities that convert reports from other tools, including Crystal Reports. These converter wizards are easy to use and save time.

Section Reports to RDL Converter

Section Reports to RDL Converter

Migrate your section reports to the more powerful RDL reports with the click of a button.

Import Layouts from Excel

Import Layouts from Excel

If you have your report layout defined in Excel, you can import the layout directly into ActiveReports. You can even import the report layout from files exported to Excel from other report authoring tools.

Visual Query Designer

Visual Query Designer

In ActiveReports designers, use the Visual Query Designer to generate optimized queries through a drag and drop interface that exposes database tables. You can make complex queries using joins, expressions, filters, and more. There’s even a data preview to confirm your query results.

Rich Chart Controls

Rich Chart Controls

ActiveReports includes chart controls supporting financial, bar, pie, bubble, and more types, plus bullet and sparkline controls.

Dataset Joins

Dataset Joins

Combine related datasets from different data sources in the same report using expressions. If you have data from a CRM, SCM, and ERP, you can join them using table, tablix and other data regions using expressions.



Barcodes help with tracking goods and other operations. ActiveReports offers extensive support for the major barcode symbologies so you can easily add the types you need to your reports. These include ISBN, ISMN, ISSN, HIBC Code 128, HIBC Code 39, PZN, Ansi39 variations, Code 2 of 5, Code25intlv, Code25mat, Code39, Code39x, Code 128A, Code 128B, Code 128C, Code 128Auto, Code93, Code93x, MSI, PostNet, Intelligent Mail, Codabar, EAN variations, UPC variations, RM4SCC, UCCEAN128, QRCode, Micro QRCode, Code49, JapanesePostal, GS1 variations, Pdf417, MicroPDF417, and Data Matrix.

Format Reports with Stylesheets and Themes

Format Reports with Stylesheets and Themes

ActiveReports lets developers and end users work with embeddable CSS-like stylesheets and themes to consistently format and brand reports throughout your application.

Drill Down Interactivity

Drill Down Interactivity

ActiveReports doesn't just produce static, printed reports. Give your end users engaging interactivity like drill down, parameter filtering, and sorting.

Excel Rendering Extension

Excel Rendering Extension

The Excel Rendering Extension provides greater layout accuracy and performance optimization when exporting reports to Microsoft Excel file formats.

Export to Multiple Formats

Export to Multiple Formats

ActiveReports exports to the major modern document types such as PDF, Excel, CSV, DocX, JSON, Word, RTF, HTML, Text, XML, and TIFF. You can customize the export process using the API.

Scriptable Runtime Events

Scriptable Runtime Events

Section reports have scriptable report events that you can override to dynamically add controls and fields, manipulate data, and change formatting. No need to write a wrapper and manage your own events. Our built-in events make your job easier and save you time.



All aspects of your project and output can be localized and ActiveReports supports all major language character sets and locales. Standard and custom multi-byte character sets are supported. ActiveReports is also available in multiple languages.

Formatted and Rich Textboxes

The FormattedText report control can perform mail merge operations, plus it displays richly formatted text in XHTML. To format text in the FormattedText report control, enter XHTML code into the Html property.

Granular Printing Control

Get system-level control of printer jobs, paper sizes, pages per sheet, duplex, booklet printing, and paper trays. You can specify different trays for letterhead and plain paper and envelopes, different gutters and margins on odd and even pages, and so on.

Custom Control Support

To integrate tightly with your applications, ActiveReports lets you use custom controls. Add your custom control to your project and use it on reports just like any ActiveReports control.

Royalty Free Developer Licensing

ActiveReports is licensed per developer. When distributing the ActiveReports reporting engine as a part of your work, your deployment is royalty free, redistributable without limit, and has no end user licensing requirements. ActiveReports is XCOPY friendly, so you can just copy the assemblies into your project and deploy it all together.

Optional Maintenance Plan

ActiveReports offers an annual maintenance option which includes phone, email, and prioritized forum support. It also includes hot fixes, service packs, and major releases for the year.

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What's New in ActiveReports 12

Combine unlimited related datasets from different data sources with the Dataset Joins feature: Enable report authors to combine related datasets from different data sources--all in the same report! If you have data from a CRM, SCM, and ERP, you can use Dataset Joins to join them in nested Tables, Tablix and other data regions in ActiveReports 12 using expressions.

CSV export and JSON export are now supported.

Page reports now support subreports: Subreports, which have always been available in section and RDL reports, are now available in fixed page layout reports.

Condensed Characters: The new MinCondenseRate property for text allows report authors to set the rate to which the width of the characters can shrink without impacting the height of the characters.

New bar code symbologies: This release adds a lot of new bar code symbologies including ISBN, ISMN, ISSN, HIBC Codes 128 and 39, PZN, Pharmacode and more. 

Install without Visual Studio: Users can now install and license ActiveReports on a machine without Visual Studio, allowing non-developer users such as BI analysts and IT teams to design reports.

Tablix RepeatToFill Property: The tablix RepeatToFill property allows tablix data regions to grow and fill a defined page or space, which prevents empty rows and spaces in reports like invoices.

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