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Getting Started with the Map Report Item

This guide shows how to add the Telerik Reporting Map report item to reports.

The suggested implementation demonstrates how to create a Map which will present the sales distribution by products among several states using the Adventure Works sample database and the Standalone Report Designer. The steps are valid for the Visual Studio Report Designer as well and can be reproduced with code too.

After the completion of this guide, you will be able to achieve the following result.

A Preview of the Map we are going to Create with the Map Wizard of the Standalone Report Designer


  • Obtain a valid Location Provider key to authenticate your geocoding requests.
  • If you don't want to use a location provider, provide the geographical coordinates of your points yourself and set up the MapSeries accordingly. For more information, refer to the article on location providers.

Adding the Map

  • (For new reports) Select the Map Wizard icon from the Available Templates page.

    Select the Map Wizard Item Template from the Standalone Report Designer File Menu

  • (For existing reports) Select the Map item from the Insert menu. This will start the Map Wizard which will guide you through the creation process.

    Add Map Item to a Report from the Insert Tab of the Standalone Report Deisgner Menu

Adding the Data Source

On the Choose Data Source page, add a new SqlDataSource.

  1. Set the connection string to the demo AdventureWorks database.
  2. Paste the following query in the Select Statement box:

    PS.Name AS ProductSubCategory,
    SP.Name + ', ' + CR.Name AS State,
    SOD.LineTotal as LineTotal
    Production.Product AS P
    INNER JOIN Production.ProductSubcategory AS PS ON P.ProductSubcategoryID = PS.ProductSubcategoryID
    INNER JOIN Production.ProductCategory AS PC ON PS.ProductCategoryID = PC.ProductCategoryID
    INNER JOIN Sales.SalesOrderDetail AS SOD ON P.ProductID = SOD.ProductID
    INNER JOIN Sales.SalesOrderHeader AS SOH ON SOD.SalesOrderID = SOH.SalesOrderID
    INNER JOIN Person.Address AS ADDR ON ADDR.AddressID = SOH.ShipToAddressID
    INNER JOIN Person.StateProvince AS SP ON SP.StateProvinceID = ADDR.StateProvinceID
    INNER JOIN Person.CountryRegion AS CR ON CR.CountryRegionCode = SP.CountryRegionCode
    CR.Name IN ('Australia')
    AND DATEPART(YEAR, SOH.OrderDate) IN (2003, 2004)
    AND PC.Name = 'Bikes'
  3. Click Execute Query... to check if everything is OK with the database connection.

  4. Click Finish when you are ready.

Building the Map Charts

  1. In the Available data sources list you will see the data source you've already created. Select it and click Next.
  2. On the next page, select the fields which will be used to build the Map charts. Since the map will use a location provider, you don't have to provide the Latitude and Longitude coordinates by yourself and you can leave these boxes empty. Define a location group which will set the geocoding string.
  3. From the Datapoints type box, select the Pie Chart radio button.
  4. Select the ProductSubCategory field and drag it to the Series (color) box.
  5. Select the State field and drag it to the Categories (location) box.
  6. Select the LineTotal field and drag it to the Size box where it will be transformed to Sum(LineTotal).

    Your Arrange map fields page will look similar to one in the following image:

    The Arrange Map Fields page of the Standalone Report Designer Map Wizard with selected Pie Chart and Series, Categories and Size configured

  7. Once the mandatory fields are set up, the Next button will get enabled. Click it to go to the next page.

Defining the Location Provider

  1. On the Choose a location provider page, select the location provider that will be used to geocode the State field that was dragged in the Categories (location) box on the previous page. Currently, the supported providers are MapQuestOpenAPILocationProvider, MapQuestLocationProvider, and BingLocationProvider. They both require a valid client token (key) to authenticate the geocoding requests that will be sent from the Map item.

    Once you obtain the key, paste it in the Client token box:

    Choose A Location Provider page of the Standalone Report Designer Map Wizard

  2. When you click Finish, the Wizard will create the definition of the Map item, show it in the designer, and start requesting the geocode and tiles information from the providers asynchronously. Initially, it will take a few seconds to fetch all the data from the geocoding service, but the following requests will be executed faster. The tiles, needed to prepare the Map background, will be displayed as they arrive, but the Map will stay responsive and you can examine and change its definition. When finished, your Map will look similar to the one shown in beginning of this tutorial.

You may download the demo report from our Reporting Samples GitHub repository - MapWithMapWizard.trdp.

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