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Convert Third-Party Reports to DevExpress Reports

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This topic describes how to migrate the following third-party reports to DevExpress Reports:

  • Microsoft Access Reports
  • Crystal Reports
  • RDLC Reports
    • SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
    • SyncFusion BoldReports
    • GrapeCity Active Reports - RDL
  • GrapeCity Section Reports

You can use the Visual Studio Report Designer or the Command-Line Utility to convert these reports.

Command-Line Utility

Use the conversion tool to convert a single report or multiple reports in a batch:

  • Convert multiple reports simultaneously

    FOR /R Reports %R IN (*.rpt) DO ReportsImport "/in:%R" "/out:%R.repx"

  • Convert a single report

    ReportsImport /in:c:\0\crystal\file.rpt /out:c:\0\converted\testreport.repx

A Microsoft Access file can store multiple reports. Use the ReportName or ReportIndex command-line argument to specify the report to convert:

ReportsImport /in:c:\0\access\file.mdb /out:c:\0\converted\testreport.repx /access:ReportName=MasterReport


ReportsImport /in:c:\0\access\file.mdb /out:c:\0\converted\testreport.repx /access:ReportIndex=2

If these arguments are not specified, a dialog asks you to select a report to convert.


This tool has limitations. You may need to adjust the report after conversion because the exported report may differ from the original.

Visual Studio Report Designer

The Visual Studio Report Designer can convert only one report at a time. Use the Command-Line Utility to convert multiple reports.

Follow the steps below to import a third-party report.

  1. Expand the report’s smart tag and select Open/Import.


  2. Select the file in the invoked Import Report dialog.


  3. The conversion process starts after you select an .RPT report from Crystal Reports, .RPX report from Active Reports, or SQL Server Reporting Services RDLC/RDL report.

    To convert Microsoft Access reports contained in the MDB/MDE database, follow these additional steps:

    • Specify a report to convert.

      Importing - ImportingOverview3

    • Choose whether to bind the newly created report to an existing data source or create a new typed dataset with the specified name.

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RDLC and Crystal Reports Conversion Specifics

If a report’s function cannot be converted, it is replaced with the “NOT_SUPPORTED” message. The following sample demonstrates the resulting expression:

RDLC Crystal DevExpress
=IsDate(Fields!Column.Value) isdate({report.Column}) Iif(True, ‘#NOT_SUPPORTED#’, ‘isdate([Column])’)

The Command-Line Utility allows you to retain unrecognized functions in expressions. To do this, set the UnrecognizedFunctionBehavior parameter to Ignore when you run this tool.

ReportsImport /in:c:\0\rdlc\file.rdlc /out:c:\0\converted\testreport.repx /ssrs:UnrecognizedFunctionBehavior=Ignore

The unrecognized isdate function is left unchanged in the following sample expression:

RDLC Crystal DevExpress
=IsDate(Fields!Column.Value) isdate({report.Column}) isdate([Column])

Implement custom functions to support unrecognized functions in DevExpress reports (the isdate custom function in the sample above).

The following RDLC report items are converted to DevExpress Reports:

  • Tablix
  • Text Box, Rectangle, Image, Line
  • Expressions
  • Parameters
  • DataSources
  • Subreports (only in the Command-Line Utility)

The Chart, Subreport, List, and Table controls are not supported.

Requirements and Limitations

Microsoft Access

Install Microsoft Access 2000 or higher on the system where you convert reports.

Crystal Reports

Install Crystal Reports v13.0+ on the system where you convert reports. You can download the “Installation package for Visual Studio IDE“ from the following website: SAP Crystal Reports, version for Visual Studio.

The following limitations apply to the converted reports:

  • Data sources are converted to SqlDataSource objects. Only the first SQL data source is used. It is assigned to the report’s DataSource property.

    Data source tables from different databases are not joined.

  • User credentials are imported without passwords.

  • Parameters with static values are converted without their Description.
  • Parameters with dynamic values are converted without their DisplayMember.
  • Subreports are inserted as empty controls with the original size (source reports are not assigned).
  • Charts are inserted as empty controls with the original size.
  • Pivot grids are inserted as empty controls with the original size.

RDLC Reports

RDL format versions prior to SQL Server 2005 are not supported.

GrapeCity ActiveReports

Install Active Reports v11.0+ on the system where you convert reports.