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Create a Report with Embedded PDF Content

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This tutorial explains how to use the XRPdfContent control to do the following:

  • Append PDF file pages to a report and make their paper kind the same as in the inital report.
  • Add sequential page numbers to the report and PDF file pages.
  • Include additional information in the embedded PDF file pages.

Run Demo: Embedded PDF Content (Desktop) Run Demo: Embedded PDF Content (Web)

The image below shows an invoice report that contains information about order items.

Final Report Page 1

The following image illustrates the first PDF file page embedded to the invoice report. This page has the same paper kind as the initial report. Report controls are used to add item title, item price, line, logo image, and sequential page numbers to this page.

Final Report Page 2

To create the above report with PDF content, follow the steps described in these sections:

Create the Main Report

  1. Create a new Visual Studio project and add a new blank report to it. Refer to the following topic for instructions: Create a Report in Visual Studio.
  2. Design the report layout. In this tutorial, we create an invoice report that contains information about order items.

    Main Report Layout

    You can use the following REPX file to reproduce this report: InvoiceReport.repx.

The following image illustrates the main report’s Preview:

Main Report Preview

Create a Report with PDF Content

  1. Add a new blank report to your project. Remove the report’s margins.

    Add a New Blank Report and Remove Margins

  2. Drop the XRPdfContent control from the Toolbox onto the Detail band.

    Drop the XRPdfContent Control Onto the Detail Band

  3. Expand the control’s smart tag, click the Source or SourceURL property’s ellipsis button, and select PDF file. In this demo, we use the following PDF specification: Specification.pdf.

    Specify PDF File Source

  4. Disable the control’s Generate Own Pages property. Adjust the control size to make PDF content fit the entire Detail band. For this, set the Detail band’s Height to 1095 and the control’s Width and Height to 850 and 1095.

    Make PDF Content Fit the Entire Detail Band

  5. Disable the report’s DesignerOptions.ShowExportWarnings property. Bind the report to the JSON data below and set the report’s Data Member property to OrderItems.

    Show JSON Data
        "InvoiceNumber": 241756,
        "OrderDate": "2018-04-23T18:25:43.511Z",
        "Customer": {
            "Name": "Walters",
            "HomeOffice_Line": "200 Wilmot Rd",
            "HomeOffice_City": "Deerfield",
            "HomeOffice_StateName": "IL",
            "HomeOffice_ZipCode": "60015"
        "Store": {
            "Address_City": "Anaheim",
            "Address_Line": "1720 W La Palma Ave",
            "Address_StateName": "CA",
            "Address_ZipCode": "83709"
        "Employee": {
            "FullName": "Harv Mudd"
        "PONumber": "122023",
        "ShipMethod": 0,
        "OrderTerms": "15 Days",
        "OrderItems": [
                "ProductName": "SuperLED 42",
                "ProductPrice": 1050,
                "ProductUnits": 2,
                "Discount": 50,
                "Total": 2050
                "ProductName": "SuperLED 50",
                "ProductPrice": 1100,
                "ProductUnits": 5,
                "Discount": 500,
                "Total": 5000
                "ProductName": "Projector PlusHD",
                "ProductPrice": 600,
                "ProductUnits": 5,
                "Discount": 250,
                "Total": 2750
                "ProductName": "HD Video Player",
                "ProductPrice": 220,
                "ProductUnits": 10,
                "Discount": 200,
                "Total": 2000
        "ShippingAmount": 375,
        "TotalAmount": 12175
  6. Place two labels, a line, and a picture box on the PDF page header as shown below:

    Add Controls to Page Header

    Use the following locations and sizes:

    Control Name




    105, 94

    280, 44


    105, 138

    118, 30


    105, 69

    687, 20


    647, 24

    145, 45

  7. Set the line’s Width and Fore Color to 2 and Orange respectively. Assign the following image to the picture box’s Image Source property:

    DevAV Icon

    Make xrLabel1’s font bold. Set up label appearance as shown in the table below:

    Control Name


    Font Size

    Text Property’s Expression

    Text Format String


    Segoe UI





    Segoe UI




    Bind Labels to Data

    To display a product name and price of each order item on a corresponding PDF file page, set the XRPdfContent.PageRange property’s expression to [DataSource.CurrentRowIndex] + 1.

    Assign Expression to the Page Range Property

  8. Add the XRPageInfo control to the PDF page footer. Use the following settings for this control:




    Font Size

    Text Alignment

    Text Format String

    0, 1045

    850, 50

    Segoe UI


    Middle Center

    Page {0} of {1}

    Add Page Numbers

Open Preview to show the result. The image below shows the report’s first page:

Final Report Preview

Add the Report with PDF Content to the Main Report

  1. Add a footer to the main report. Right-click the design surface, choose Insert Band, and select ReportFooter.

    Add Report Footer

  2. Add the XRSubreport control to the footer. Assign the report with PDF content to the control’s Report Source property. Enable the control’s Generate Own Pages property.

    Add the Subreport

  3. Add the XRPageInfo control to the report’s Bottom Margin band. Set the control’s Text Alignment to Middle Center and Text Format String to Page {0} of {1}.

    Add Page Numbers to Main Report

Open Preview to show the result.

Final Report Page 1

Final Report Page 2


Tutorials that explain how to create different reports using Web Report Designer are included in the End-User Documentation online help section.