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How to Send a Telerik Report Embedded in an Email Body


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I want to embed the report document inside the mail message sent by the Send Mail Message functionality instead of sending it as an attachment.


The default method used for sending the email is CreateMailMessage(SendDocumentArgs, DocumentData) which always returns the report document as attachment. A new method needs to be implemented to avoid that.

  1. Before implementing a new endpoint, we need to create a helper class for rendering the reports to images since the report will be embedded in the email body using the img element.

    public class ReportRenderer
        public List<Stream> streams = new();
        string ReportsPath { get; set; }
        public ReportRenderer(string reportsPath)
            this.ReportsPath = reportsPath;
        void CloseStreams()
            foreach (Stream stream in this.streams)
        public Stream CreateStream(string name, string extension, Encoding encoding, string mimeType)
            MemoryStream ms = new();
            return ms;
        public List<string> Render(ReportSourceModel reportSourceModel)
            var list = new List<string>();
            var report = Path.Combine(this.ReportsPath, reportSourceModel.Report);
            var deviceInfo = new Hashtable
                { "OutputFormat", "PNG" }
            Telerik.Reporting.Processing.ReportProcessor reportProcessor = new();
            var reportSource = new Telerik.Reporting.UriReportSource() { Uri = report };
            foreach (string key in reportSourceModel.Parameters.Keys)
                reportSource.Parameters.Add(key, reportSourceModel.Parameters[key]);
            bool result = reportProcessor.RenderReport("IMAGEPrintPreview", reportSource, deviceInfo, this.CreateStream, out string documentName);
            foreach (MemoryStream ms in this.streams)
                var str = Convert.ToBase64String(ms.ToArray());
            return list;
  2. We will also need model classes for sending the relevant email data to our endpoint.

    public class ReportMail
        public string To { get; set; }
        public string From { get; set; }
        public string CC { get; set; }
        public string Subject { get; set; }
        public string Body { get; set; }
        public ReportSourceModel ReportSource { get; set; }
    public class ReportSourceModel
        public string Report { get; set; }
        public Dictionary<string, object> Parameters { get; set; }
  3. To add the option for embedding the report in the send mail dialog, we also need to override GetDocumentFormats() endpoint and return a separate ExtensionInfo entry for the new option which in this example will be named as Embedded.

    public override JsonResult GetDocumentFormats()
        var formats = new Telerik.Reporting.Services.Engine.ExtensionInfo[6] {
        new()  {
                Name = "Embedded",
                LocalizedName = "Embedded" },
        new() {
                Name = "PDF",
                LocalizedName = "PDF Document" },
        new()  {
                Name = "CSV",
                LocalizedName = "CSV (comma delimited)" },
        new()  {
                Name = "DOCX",
                LocalizedName = "Word Document" },
        new()  {
                Name = "XLSX",
                LocalizedName = "Excel Worksheet" },
        new()  {
                Name = "PPTX",
                LocalizedName = "PowerPoint Presentation" },
        return Json(formats);
  4. The next step is to create the new endpoint that will handle creating the images using the helper class, embed them in the body of the email, and send it.

    public HttpStatusCode CustomEmailMessage([FromBody] ReportMail message)
        using var smtpClient = new SmtpClient("SMTP_HOST", PORT);
        smtpClient.DeliveryMethod = SmtpDeliveryMethod.Network;
        smtpClient.EnableSsl = false;
        var mailMessage = GetMailWithImg(message);
        return HttpStatusCode.OK;
    private MailMessage GetMailWithImg(ReportMail message)
        MailMessage mail = new()
            IsBodyHtml = true,
            Subject = message.Subject,
            From = new MailAddress(message.From),
        if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(message.To))
        else throw new Exception("Please provide an email address.");
        if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(message.CC)) mail.CC.Add(message.CC);
        mail.AlternateViews.Add(GetEmbeddedImage(message.Body ?? string.Empty, message.ReportSource));
        return mail;
    private AlternateView GetEmbeddedImage(string htmlBody, ReportSourceModel reportSource)
        var reportsPath = "PATH_TO_REPORTS_FOLDER";
        var reportRenderer = new ReportRenderer(reportsPath);
        var images = reportRenderer.Render(reportSource);
        htmlBody += "\r\n";
        foreach (var image in images)
            htmlBody += $"<img src=\"data:image/png;base64, {image}\" />";
        AlternateView alternateView = AlternateView.CreateAlternateViewFromString(htmlBody, null, MediaTypeNames.Text.Html);
        return alternateView;
  5. The last step lies in using the sendEmailBegin(e, args) to stop the default handling of the send mail functionality and instead make a fetch request to the new endpoint for the case where the selected option is Embedded:

        serviceUrl: "api/reports/",
        reportSource: {
            report: "Dashboard.trdp",
        sendEmailBegin: function ({ data }, args) {
            if (args.format === "Embedded") {
                args.handled = true;
                const from = $('[aria-label="From email address"]').val();
                const to = $('[aria-label="Recipient email address"]').val();
                const cc = $('[aria-label="Carbon Copy email address"]').val();
                const subject = $('[aria-label="Email subject:"]').val();
                const body = $('.trv-send-email-editor textarea').data("kendoEditor").value();
                const reportSource = data.sender.reportSource();
                try {
                    fetch("/api/reports/cmail", {
                        method: "POST",
                        headers: {
                            "Content-Type": "application/json",
                        body: JSON.stringify({
                } catch (error) {
                    console.error("Error:", error);
        sendEmail: { enabled: true }

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