Telerik Reporting R2 2016

Localizing Reports

You can localize your reports to display in the language of a specific culture. For example, your report may display in both English and Spanish (see figure below).


The standalone Report Designer serializes the report definitions in XML but currently no pattern is available for localizing XML documents. Our suggestion is to create a User Functions that will accept resource key and optionally language parameter and based on those parameters to resolve the appropriate resource.


Items cannot be added in localization mode. After localize the report set the Language property to (Default) to add items.

Telerik Reporting uses a similar methodology for localization as Visual Studio uses for Windows Forms. The designer lets you define static text for the report (e.g. column headings, titles) in each language that you specify. A resource file (resx) is automatically created for each language to store translated text.  For more background information on localizing applications see the MSDN article Globalizing and Localizing Applications.

Localized Reports

To localize a report:

  1. In the designer set the Report Localizable property to true.
  2. Select a Language property value from the drop down list in the properties window.
  3. Translate the static text into the desired language indicated by the Language property.

To run a localized report:

  1. Add Threading and Globalization namespaces to your application.
  2. Set the current thread CurrentUICulture to a new instance of CultureInfo.  The CultureInfo constructor takes the culture code of the language you want to display.  For example "en-US" for United States English or "es-MX" for Mexican Spanish.
  3. Optionally you can set the CurrentCulture for the current thread to the culture code of the language you wish to display.  CurrentCulture affects dynamic data such as date, time and money formats.  The "Birth Date" column date format in the figure above shows Month/Day/Year in English, but in Day/Month/Year format in the Spanish example.
  4. Create an instance of the report and assign it to the ReportViewerReportSource property. If you are using a ReportViewer in a Windows application, call the ReportViewer.RefreshReport() method.
Copy[C#] Setting the language at runtime
//Create new CultureInfo
var cultureInfo = new System.Globalization.CultureInfo("es-MX");

// Set the language for static text (i.e. column headings, titles)
System.Threading.Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentUICulture = cultureInfo;

// Set the language for dynamic text (i.e. date, time, money)
System.Threading.Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture = cultureInfo; 

reportViewer1.ReportSource = new Telerik.Reporting.InstanceReportSource
        ReportDocument = new Report1()

// If this is a Windows application, refresh the report