DevExpress Reporting (Angular)

02 March 2022

n this document, we will integrate DevExpress Reporting to ASP.NET Zero (ASP.NET Core & Angular version) step by step.

Server Side

  1. Download DevExpress Reporting.

  2. Open your ASP.NET Zero project.

  3. Import DevExpress.AspNetCore.Reporting package to [YOURAPPNAME].Web.Host project.

  4. Then go to Startup.cs and add these code parts:

public IServiceProvider ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)
    services.AddDevExpressControls(); //add this line

public void Configure(IApplicationBuilder app, IWebHostEnvironment env, ILoggerFactory loggerFactory)
    app.UseDevExpressControls(); //add this line
  1. Now, you can create a sample report to test if it all works. Go to [YOURAPPNAME].Web.Host and create a folder named Reports.
  2. Right click on the Reports folder then click Add -> New Item, then select DevExpress Report item.
  3. Select Blank report in the opening wizard, and create new empty report named SampleReport.


(Design your report as you wish)

If you add the report using Visual Studio, it will create a report file with .vsrepx extension but we need a report with .repx extension. So, convert .vsrepx report to .repx report by following the document below;

Client Side

  1. Go to package.json and add following dependencies. (It is located in angular project)
   dependencies: [
       "devextreme": "21.1.3",
       "@devexpress/analytics-core": "21.1.3",
       "devexpress-reporting": "21.1.3",

Note: Version of the nuget and npm packages should match

  1. Create new component named sample-report sample-report.component.html
   <div [@routerTransition]>
       <div class="content d-flex flex-column flex-column-fluid">
           <sub-header [title]="'SampleReport' | localize">
           <div [class]="containerClass">
               <div class="card card-custom">
                   <div class="card-body">
                       <dx-report-viewer [reportUrl]="reportUrl" height="400px">
                           <dxrv-request-options [invokeAction]="invokeAction" [host]="hostUrl"></dxrv-request-options>


   import {Component, Injector, OnInit, ViewEncapsulation} from '@angular/core';
   import {AppComponentBase} from "@shared/common/app-component-base";
   import {appModuleAnimation} from "@shared/animations/routerTransition";
       selector: 'app-sample-report',
       encapsulation: ViewEncapsulation.None,
       templateUrl: './sample-report.component.html',
       styleUrls: ['./sample-report.component.css',
       animations: [appModuleAnimation()]
   export class SampleReportComponent extends AppComponentBase implements OnInit {
       title = 'DXReportViewerSample';
       reportUrl = 'SampleReport';
       hostUrl = 'https://localhost:44301/';
       invokeAction = 'DXXRDV';
           injector: Injector
       ) {
       ngOnInit(): void {
  1. Create sample-report module
    import {NgModule} from '@angular/core';
    import {SampleReportRoutingModule} from './sample-report-routing.module';
    import {SampleReportComponent} from './sample-report.component';
    import {AppSharedModule} from "@app/shared/app-shared.module";
    import {AdminSharedModule} from "@app/admin/shared/admin-shared.module";
    import {DxReportViewerModule} from "@node_modules/devexpress-reporting-angular";
        declarations: [SampleReportComponent],
        imports: [
    export class SampleReportModule {
    import {NgModule} from '@angular/core';
    import {RouterModule, Routes} from '@angular/router';
    import {SampleReportComponent} from './sample-report.component';
    const routes: Routes = [{
        path: '',
        component: SampleReportComponent,
        pathMatch: 'full'
        imports: [RouterModule.forChild(routes)],
        exports: [RouterModule]
    export class SampleReportRoutingModule {
  1. Add sample report route to admin-routing.module.ts
    	path: 'sample-report',
    	loadChildren: () => import('./sample-report/sample-report.module').then(m => m.SampleReportModule)
  1. Create a factory class which provides reports by name ReportsFactory.cs
    public static class ReportsFactory
        public static Dictionary<string, Func<XtraReport>> Reports = new Dictionary<string, Func<XtraReport>>()
            ["SampleReport"] = () => new SampleReport()
  1. Create a class named CustomReportStorageWebExtension as seen below CustomReportStorageWebExtension.cs
    public class CustomReportStorageWebExtension : DevExpress.XtraReports.Web.Extensions.ReportStorageWebExtension
        readonly string ReportDirectory;
        const string FileExtension = ".repx";
        public CustomReportStorageWebExtension(IWebHostEnvironment env)
            ReportDirectory = Path.Combine(env.ContentRootPath, "Reports");
            if (!Directory.Exists(ReportDirectory))
        private bool IsWithinReportsFolder(string url, string folder)
            var rootDirectory = new DirectoryInfo(folder);
            var fileInfo = new FileInfo(Path.Combine(folder, url));
            return fileInfo.Directory.FullName.ToLower().StartsWith(rootDirectory.FullName.ToLower());
        public override bool CanSetData(string url)
            // Determines whether or not it is possible to store a report by a given URL. 
            // For instance, make the CanSetData method return false for reports that should be read-only in your storage. 
            // This method is called only for valid URLs (i.e., if the IsValidUrl method returned true) before the SetData method is called.
            return true;
        public override bool IsValidUrl(string url)
            // Determines whether or not the URL passed to the current Report Storage is valid. 
            // For instance, implement your own logic to prohibit URLs that contain white spaces or some other special characters. 
            // This method is called before the CanSetData and GetData methods.
            return Path.GetFileName(url) == url;
        public override byte[] GetData(string url)
            // Returns report layout data stored in a Report Storage using the specified URL. 
            // This method is called only for valid URLs after the IsValidUrl method is called.
                if (Directory.EnumerateFiles(ReportDirectory).Select(Path.GetFileNameWithoutExtension).Contains(url))
                    return File.ReadAllBytes(Path.Combine(ReportDirectory, url + FileExtension));
                if (ReportsFactory.Reports.ContainsKey(url))
                    using (MemoryStream ms = new MemoryStream())
                        return ms.ToArray();
            catch (Exception ex)
                throw new DevExpress.XtraReports.Web.ClientControls.FaultException("Could not get report data.", ex);
            throw new DevExpress.XtraReports.Web.ClientControls.FaultException(string.Format("Could not find report '{0}'.", url));
        public override Dictionary<string, string> GetUrls()
            // Returns a dictionary of the existing report URLs and display names. 
            // This method is called when running the Report Designer, 
            // before the Open Report and Save Report dialogs are shown and after a new report is saved to a storage.
            return Directory.GetFiles(ReportDirectory, "*" + FileExtension)
                                     .Union(ReportsFactory.Reports.Select(x => x.Key))
                                     .ToDictionary<string, string>(x => x);
        public override void SetData(XtraReport report, string url)
            // Stores the specified report to a Report Storage using the specified URL. 
            // This method is called only after the IsValidUrl and CanSetData methods are called.
            if (!IsWithinReportsFolder(url, ReportDirectory))
                throw new DevExpress.XtraReports.Web.ClientControls.FaultException("Invalid report name.");
            report.SaveLayoutToXml(Path.Combine(ReportDirectory, url + FileExtension));
        public override string SetNewData(XtraReport report, string defaultUrl)
            // Stores the specified report using a new URL. 
            // The IsValidUrl and CanSetData methods are never called before this method. 
            // You can validate and correct the specified URL directly in the SetNewData method implementation 
            // and return the resulting URL used to save a report in your storage.
            SetData(report, defaultUrl);
            return defaultUrl;
  1. Add CustomReportStorageWebExtension to dependency injection
    public IServiceProvider ConfigureServices(IServiceCollection services)
        services.AddScoped<ReportStorageWebExtension, CustomReportStorageWebExtension>();//add this line

Note: If you get a reference error about WebDocumentViewerController, QueryBuilderController or ReportDesignerController, you can follow the solution below:

  • Go to you [YOURAPPNAME]WebHostModule .

  • Add following code into PreInitialize function

  using DevExpress.AspNetCore.Reporting.WebDocumentViewer;
  public override void PreInitialize()
      IocManager.Register(typeof(WebDocumentViewerController), DependencyLifeStyle.Transient);
      IocManager.Register(typeof(QueryBuilderController), DependencyLifeStyle.Transient);
      IocManager.Register(typeof(ReportDesignerController), DependencyLifeStyle.Transient);