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Document Viewer Integration (npm or Yarn Package Managers)

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The complete sample project How to Perform the JavaScript Document Viewer (Reporting) Integration (with npm or Yarn package managers) is available in the DevExpress Examples repository.

You can use the HTML5 Document Viewer in JavaScript based on the server-side model. You should create two projects:

  • server (backend) project that enables Cross-Origin Resource Sharing and retrieves a report from the storage
  • client (frontend) part that includes all the necessary styles, scripts, and HTML-templates.

Server (Backend) Part

Perform the steps from one of the following topics to prepare a backend application:

Client (Frontend) Part

The following steps describe how to configure and host the client part:

  1. Create a new folder to store the client-side files (ClientSide in this example).

  2. Create the text file package.json in the ClientSide folder with the following content:

        "name": "web-document-viewer",
        "dependencies": {
            "devextreme-dist": "23.2.*",
            "@devexpress/analytics-core": "23.2.*",
            "devexpress-reporting": "23.2.*"


    Frontend and backend applications should use the same version of DevExpress controls.

  3. Ensure that you have npm or Yarn package managers installed. Package manager are required to download all the necessary client resources to the node_modules folder.

  4. Open the command prompt, navigate to the client application root folder (ClientSide) and run the command:

    • if you have npm:
      npm install
    • if you have yarn:

      yarn install
  5. Create the index.html file in the root folder. It is the View file in our model. Copy the following HTML code and insert it in this file:

    <!DOCTYPE html>
    <html xmlns="">
        <script src="node_modules/jquery/dist/jquery.min.js"></script>
        <script src="node_modules/knockout/build/output/knockout-latest.js"></script>
        <!--Link DevExtreme resources-->
        <script src="node_modules/devextreme-dist/js/dx.all.js"></script>
        <link href="node_modules/devextreme-dist/css/dx.light.css" rel="stylesheet" />
        <!-- Link the Reporting resources -->
        <script src="node_modules/@devexpress/analytics-core/dist/js/dx-analytics-core.js"></script>
        <script src="node_modules/devexpress-reporting/dist/js/dx-webdocumentviewer.js"></script>
        <link href="node_modules/@devexpress/analytics-core/dist/css/dx-analytics.common.css" rel="stylesheet" />
        <link href="node_modules/@devexpress/analytics-core/dist/css/dx-analytics.light.css" rel="stylesheet" />
        <link href="node_modules/devexpress-reporting/dist/css/dx-webdocumentviewer.css" rel="stylesheet" />
    <!-- ... -->


    The requirements and resources to deploy the control on the client are described in the Report Designer Requirements and Limitations document.

  6. Create the example.js file in the root folder to provide data to the View. The JavaScript code in this file creates the designerOptions variable and activates the Knockout bindings. Copy the following code and insert it in the example.js file:

    const host = 'https://localhost:54114/',
        reportUrl = "Products",
        viewerOptions = {
            reportUrl: reportUrl, // The URL of a report that the Document Viewer loads when the application starts.  
            requestOptions: { // Options for processing requests from the Document Viewer. 
                host: host, // URI of your backend project.
                invokeAction: "/WebDocumentViewer/Invoke", // Action to enable CORS. 
    ko.applyBindings({ viewerOptions });
  7. Modify the index.html file to specify the HTML template that uses the Document Viewer’s binding with the viewerOptions parameter. Add the following code to the body section:

        <div style="width:100%; height: 1000px" data-bind="dxReportViewer: viewerOptions"></div>
        <script type="text/javascript" src="example.js"></script>
  8. Host the client-side part on the web server. Start the Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager, right-click the Sites item in the Connections section, and select Add Website. In the invoked dialog, specify the site name, path to the client-side application root folder, and the website’s IP address and port.


  9. Run the backend project in Visual Studio.

  10. Open the website, created in the step 8, in the browser. In this example the address is http://localhost:1000 .


When you start the application, you may encounter the following problems:

Page is blank

The Document Viewer page is blank. The following error message is displayed at the bottom of the page: The page is blank because the Document Viewer failed to load the report. Consult the developer for assistance. Use development mode for detailed information. If the page does not display the Document Viewer, press F12 to invoke DevTools and inspect the console messages.

Check the following:

  • The backend application is up and running.
  • The backend application runs on the port specified in the host setting of the Document Viewer component.
  • The application’s URI satisfies the CORS policy specified in your backend application.
  • The reportName value matches an existing report. For the backend application it means that the Reports folder contains the reportName.repx file or the ReportsFactory.Reports dictionary contains the reportName entry (if backend application originated from the DevExpress template).
  • The version of the DevExpress scripts (npm packages) should match the version of the server-side libraries (NuGet packages). You can enable Development Mode to check for library version mismatch on every request to the server. For more information, review the following help topic: Server-Side Libraries Version.

Review the following help topic for more information: Troubleshooting.