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WebDocumentViewerConfigurationBuilder.UseFileDocumentStorage(String) Method

Specifies a path for the report document's file storage.

Namespace: DevExpress.AspNetCore.Reporting

Assembly: DevExpress.AspNetCore.Reporting.v19.1.dll


public WebDocumentViewerConfigurationBuilder UseFileDocumentStorage(
    string workingDirectory
Public Function UseFileDocumentStorage(
    workingDirectory As String
) As WebDocumentViewerConfigurationBuilder


Name Type Description
workingDirectory String

Specifies a path to the directory where documents should be stored.


Type Description

A WebDocumentViewerConfigurationBuilder that can be used to further configure the Web Document Viewer services.


To display a report, the Web Document Viewer generates a report document. By default, documents are stored in a memory cache. This is not a stable storage because the application pool can be recycled when the memory usage reaches a specified limit, idle session closes or a scheduled cache cleaning runs. This all leads to the document's deletion from the memory cache and the inability of the Document Viewer to display a document. To avoid this, use a file storage for report documents. Call the UseFileDocumentStorage method to specify a path to the directory that the Document Viewer will use to get a document when the memory cache is empty.

The following code demonstrates how to use the UseFileDocumentStorage method, to specify a file storage for the Document Viewer.

using DevExpress.AspNetCore;
using DevExpress.AspNetCore.Reporting;

public class Startup {
    string contentRootPath;
    public Startup(IHostingEnvironment env) {
        contentRootPath = env.ContentRootPath;
    public void ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services) {

        services.ConfigureReportingServices(configurator => {
            configurator.ConfigureWebDocumentViewer(viewerConfigurator => {
                viewerConfigurator.UseFileDocumentStorage(System.IO.Path.Combine(contentRootPath, "DocumentStorage"));

Use the UseFileDocumentStorage(String, StorageSynchronizationMode) method overload to specify the InterProcess synchronization mode for the file storage if you use Web Farms or Garden. By default, the InterThread mode is set.


If a viewed report includes interactive features, the Document Viewer uses the report's instance to recreate the document. By default, the report instance is stored in memory. Specify a file storage to avoid problems with application pool recycling. For this purpose, use the UseFileReportStorage method.

According to the time settings specified in the CacheCleanerSettings and StorageCleanerSettings classes, the default cleaner service periodically checks if the cache and file storage contain documents whose lifetime exceeds certain amount of time. If such documents are found, they are deleted. Call the UseEmptyStoragesCleaner() method to register an empty storage cleaner instead of the default one, so that documents are not removed automatically.

To force cache clearing, use the following code (where "viewer" corresponds to the client instance name of the Document Viewer). Note that due to Garbage Collector specifics, disposing of a report does not guarantee immediate memory release.

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