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Designing Your First Telerik Report

This guide targets users who need to quickly get up and running with Telerik Reporting and design and export a report.

  • First, you will install Telerik Reporting from an MSI file and load the demos.

  • Next, you'll create a sample report with the Standalone Report Designer, connect it to data, and visualize the result.

  • Then, you will set the report title, header, and footer, and add some basic styling.

  • Finally, you will export the report to a PDF file.

At the end, you'll be able to achieve the following result.

Preview of the final version of the Demo Report

For an advanced first-steps scenario on integrating a Telerik Report in an application, refer to the getting started guide on integrating a report in a web application.


The following prerequisites are required for accomplishing the scenario in this tutorial. For more information on the third-party tooling versions supported by Telerik Reporting, refer to the list with system requirements.

  • Install Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio.

Step 1: Install Telerik Reporting

Let's start with the installation of the Telerik Reporting controls, services, and demos:

  1. Log in to your Telerik account. Click Downloads and select Progress Telerik Reporting.

  2. Click Latest public version, download the MSI installation file, and run it.

  3. In the Customization dialog of the Wizard, click Examples Setup to set the examples and the used connection string.

    The examples use the MS SQL Server AdventureWorks sample database which you will need later for the report.

  4. In the Samples Database Setup dialog of the Wizard, select your Database Server and the authentication for the connection.

    The Wizard detects all running instances and lists them in the input field.

    The Page for Database Setup when Installing Telerik Reporting

  5. On each subsequent dialog that the Wizard will render, click Install and select Next until the installation is completed.

Step 2: Create the Sample Report

Next, you'll need to create the report:

  1. Navigate to the installation folder, for example, C:\Program Files (x86)\Progress\Telerik Reporting 2024 Q2\Report Designer, and run the Telerik.ReportDesigner.exe file which will start the Standalone Designer.

  2. Click New > Blank Report and choose a destination for saving the report.

    Each newly created report renders the pageHeaderSection, detailSection, and pageFooterSection sections. The report also provides the Report Header and Report Footer sections which are hidden by default.

    The Design View of a Blank Report Created in the Standalone Report Designer

Step 3: Populate the Report with Data

In this step, you'll add the SqlDataSource component and present the fetched data into a table item.

This guide uses the AdventureWorks sample database that may be deployed optionally with the installation of Telerik Reporting examples. The data sources that will be added to the report will generate their data representations.

So, first, let's connect to the data and, then, you'll create the table to present it:

  1. Select the predefined connection string in the Standalone Designer by choosing from its toolbar Data > SQL Data Source > Existing data connections > local:/Telerik.Reporting.Examples.CSharp.Properties.Settings.TelerikConnectionString.

    How to Choose Data Connection in the SqlDataSource Wizard

  2. Click Next > Use as a shared connection > Next.

  3. On the screen that loads, fill in the Select Statement field with the query below. The query will extract only the first 14 employees and they will be listed in ascending order according to their id, that is, the employee with an id=1 will be the first one, the employee with an id=2 will come second, and so on.

        [HumanResources].[vEmployee].[EmployeeID] ,
    FROM [HumanResources].[vEmployee]
    WHERE [HumanResources].[vEmployee].[EmployeeID] <= 14
  4. Click Next to execute the query and the Execute Query... button on the next screen to preview the result. Then, click Finish.

  5. From the property grid, change the name of the data source to tableDataSource so you can later refer it and render its data in the report.

  6. Select the datailSection. From the toolbar, go to Insert > Table > Table Wizard. Under Data Sources, select tableDataSource and click Next.

  7. On the screen that loads, mark all columns and drag them to the Table Columns. Click Next.

  8. From the window that opens, select a predefined style for your table, for example, Office. Click Next and Finish.

Step 4: Style the Table and Set Its Title

Now, you may add some styling to the table and define its title.

  1. Select the table and apply the following Styling to it:

    • Set BackgroundColor and BorderColor > Default to 34, 181, 115.

    • Set Font > Name to SegoeUI.

    • Mark the table header and set the Color property to White.

  2. To set the title of the table, add a TextBox above it in the detailSection and set its Value to Employees. Center the text by setting Style > TextAlign to Center.

  3. Let's insert two Shapes on the sides of the title. Set the ShapeType to Horizontal Line and the Color to Silver.

In this step, you'll define and style the page header and footer of your report. First, let's start with the header:

  1. Click pageHeaderSection. From the property grid, select Style > BackgroundColor. Set the color to 0, 105, 104.

  2. To add the title, select Insert from the toolbar. Click TextBox to automatically place the TextBox in the header.

  3. Set the Value to Telerik. Add one more TextBoxes with text Demo Report.

  4. Choose the two textboxes by holding the Shift or Ctrl key while selecting with the left mouse button. From the property grid, apply the following settings:

    • Set Style > Font > Name to Segoe UI.

    • Set Style > Color to White.

    • Set Style > TextAlign to Center.

  5. Add a Shape between the textboxes. Set the ShapeType to Vertical Line and the LineColor property to White.

After the report header is all set, let's move on to the footer of the report:

  1. Click pageFooterSection. Add a Textbox which will display the current date and time.

  2. Set the Expression of the Value property to the =Now() Date and Time function.

  3. To add a barcode item, select Insert > Barcode from the toolbar.

  4. Place the link in the Value field of the Barcode. If you receive an error stating that the barcode is too large, change the Encoder to QRCode.

  5. Set the BackgroundColor of the footer to 242, 242, 242.

Step 6: Export the Data to PDF

Here you go with a nice and neat report that provides some basic data to present. If you need to share it, now is the time to export it. For the purposes of this guide, you'll export it to PDF:

  1. Go to the Home toolbar item and click Preview.

  2. Click Export and select Acrobat (PDF) file.

  3. Save your report document from the pop-up dialog.

That was it! Now you are ready to deep-dive into Telerik Reporting and take full advantage of its more advanced functionalities!

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