Using the Report Builder of FastReport Desktop from the command line

The FastReport Desktop software package includes the console Report Builder. Report Builder - a console program to automate operations with reports.

You can perform the following operations:

Report Builder is closely connected with the Configurator, which creates a special configuration files- instructions. These instructions allow you to set the report export, choose where to save the report and send reports by email. Builder receives these instructions and execute them on a schedule that is created in the Scheduler program. But nothing prevents to work directly with the builder through the command line. This can be useful if you want to export or send reports from own applications. Let's look at three ways of interaction with Report Builder:

"Builder.exe path / to / config.xml"

Here, as you understand, the builder call with one parameter - the path to the configuration file;

"Builder.exe --Config-Path = path / to / config.xml --Save-Path =. / Dir"

That is to override the attribute you want to use the following scheme:

- Team {name} - {parameter name} = {value}

It turns out like this:

--Save-Path =. / Dir

In the case of override commands you need to specify the Config command to specify the path to the configuration file.

--Report-Path="report.frx" --Export-As=image --Export-ImageFormat=Jpeg --Export-JpegQuality=80 --Save-To=folder --Save-Path="path/to/folder"

Since we do not load a configuration file --Config command is not needed. Note that we used the command --Export three times. For each export property you want to override (as opposed to the default values), you need to write command name.

Thus it is possible to define any parameter available in the Configurator. A full list of commands and properties (attributes) can be found in the documentation for FastReport Desktop.

So, we looked at different variants of working with console Report Builder. Now you can use it in conjunction with own programs, need only transmit a set of parameters.

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