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Data Source Wizard

The Data Source Wizard enables you to configure a data source and retrieve the required data. It supports the following data source types:

  • Database

    Obtains data from all major data providers (Microsoft SQL Server, XML data, Microsoft Access, Oracle, etc.).

  • Entity Framework

    Supports binding to a Microsoft ADO.NET Entity Framework data source.

  • Object

    Connects to any data object implementing the IList, IList<T> and IEnumerable<T> interfaces.

  • Excel File

    Obtains data from Microsoft Excel workbooks (XLS, XLSX or XLSM files) or CSV files.

  • JSON

    Connects to JSON-formatted data.

  • XPO

    Allows you to bind to XPO data.

  • No Data

    Allows you design a report that is not bound to a data source.


The Data Source Wizard allows you to do the following:

  • Add a new data-bound report to your application using the Report Wizard, which contains the Data Source Wizard pages.


  • Bind an existing report or its Detail Report band to data. To invoke this Wizard, click the report's smart tag, expand the XtraReportBase.DataSource property's drop-down menu and click Add New DataSource.


  • Connect the Chart, Pivot Grid and Sparkline report controls to individual data sources. You can invoke the Data Source Wizard using the DataSource property in the control’s smart tag.

    HowTo - AddChartDataSource