Creating a PDF report in JetBrains Rider (C#) in Windows 11

Creating a PDF report in JetBrains Rider (C#) in Windows 11

In this article, we'll take a look at the world of the .NET platform in Windows 11 without using Microsoft Visual Studio and create a report that can be exported to PDF. The analog of Visual Studio is, of course, JetBrains Rider. It is a cross-platform .NET IDE developed by JetBrains. It supports C#, VB.NET, and F# languages.

We are not going to discuss here which IDE is better or worse. So, let's just create, build, and export a PDF report/document from JetBrains Rider using FastReport .NET.

What do you need to get started? At least, you need to have the JetBrains Rider IDE installed on your PC. Next, create a new solution by selecting "New Solution".

Welcome JetBrains Rider form

The next step is to set up the project. Select the Desktop Application project type in the .NET/ .NET Core section. Then we give a name to the project, we will use "ReportPDF_Core_WinFormsApp" as an example. After we click on the Windows Forms App type, C# language, NET 7.0 framework.

Project setup form before creation

Let's start by adding a simple sample dataset for our report in our application code. To do this, add in Form1.cs:

 using System.Data;

Next, add a private field of the Form1 class:

private DataSet _fDataSet = new DataSet();

Let's add a private CreateDataSet method, where we will create and fill in a data set:

 private void CreateDataSet()
 // create simple dataset with one table 
 // create simple dataset
 _fDataSet = new DataSet(); 
 // create a table
 DataTable table = new DataTable();
 table.TableName = "Employees";
 // adding a table to the dataset
 // adding data to a table 
 table.Columns.Add("ID", typeof(int));
 table.Columns.Add("Name", typeof(string));
 table.Rows.Add(1, "Andrew Fuller");
 table.Rows.Add(2, "Nancy Davolio");
 table.Rows.Add(3, "Margaret Peacock");

Add a call to the CreateDataSet method:

public Form1()

What is the fastest way to make FastReport .NET work in JetBrains Rider? To use our Fast Reports Private NuGet-server.

This article describes how to add NuGet packages after purchasing FastReport .NET. Here is a brief instruction so you don’t need to search for another article. Click on the NuGet tab at the bottom of the IDE, and click on the Sources tab.

NuGet configuration form

Now we add a new repository by clicking on the "+" and entering the necessary data:

- Name — source name without spaces (for example FR-Nuget);
- URL —;
- User — email from Fast Reports account;
- Password — password from Fast Reports account.

Form for adding a NuGet repository

You will see the corresponding repository:

FR-NuGet repository has been added

Now we will install the FastReport.Pro package. To do this, go to the Packages tab and filter the packages by the FR-Nuget repository. Of course, install the found package.

Installing NuGet-package FastReport.Net.Pro

If it was successful, you will see a notification.

Notification about successful NuGet package installation FastReport.Net.Pro

Next add to Form1.cs:

using FastReport;
using FastReport.Export.Pdf;

Next, we will insert 3 new buttons into the application: "Report design", "Export to PDF with dialog", "Silent export". To do this, make the appropriate changes to Form1.Designer.cs:

 // <summary>
 // Required method for Designer support - do not modify
 // the contents of this method with the code editor.
 // </summary>
 private void InitializeComponent()
 this.components = new System.ComponentModel.Container();
 this.AutoScaleMode = System.Windows.Forms.AutoScaleMode.Font;
 this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(800, 450);
 this.Text = "Form1";
 this.btnExportWithDialog = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
 this.btnSilentExport = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
 this.btnShowDesigner = new System.Windows.Forms.Button();
 // btnExportWithDialog
 this.btnExportWithDialog.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(44, 148);
 this.btnExportWithDialog.Name = "btnExportWithDialog";
 this.btnExportWithDialog.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(208, 23);
 this.btnExportWithDialog.TabIndex = 0;
 this.btnExportWithDialog.Text = "Export to PDF with dialog";
 this.btnExportWithDialog.UseVisualStyleBackColor = true;
 this.btnExportWithDialog.Click += new System.EventHandler(this.btnExportWithDialog_Click);
 // btnSilentExport
 this.btnSilentExport.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(44, 180);
 this.btnSilentExport.Name = "btnSilentExport";
 this.btnSilentExport.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(208, 23);
 this.btnSilentExport.TabIndex = 0;
 this.btnSilentExport.Text = "Silent export";
 this.btnSilentExport.UseVisualStyleBackColor = true;
 this.btnSilentExport.Click += new System.EventHandler(this.btnSilentExport_Click);
 // btnShowDesigner
 this.btnShowDesigner.Location = new System.Drawing.Point(44, 87);
 this.btnShowDesigner.Name = "btnShowDesigner";
 this.btnShowDesigner.Size = new System.Drawing.Size(208, 23);
 this.btnShowDesigner.TabIndex = 1;
 this.btnShowDesigner.Text = "Report design";
 this.btnShowDesigner.UseVisualStyleBackColor = true;
 this.btnShowDesigner.Click += new System.EventHandler(this.btnShowDesigner_Click);
 // Form1
 this.AutoScaleDimensions = new System.Drawing.SizeF(6F, 13F);
 this.AutoScaleMode = System.Windows.Forms.AutoScaleMode.Font;
 this.ClientSize = new System.Drawing.Size(292, 266);
 this.Font = new System.Drawing.Font("Tahoma", 8.25F, System.Drawing.FontStyle.Regular, System.Drawing.GraphicsUnit.Point, ((byte)(204)));
 this.Name = "Form1";
 this.Text = "ExportToPDF";
 private System.Windows.Forms.Button btnExportWithDialog;
 private System.Windows.Forms.Button btnSilentExport;
 private System.Windows.Forms.Button btnShowDesigner;

Let's write a click handler for the "Report design" button using this code.

 private void btnShowDesigner_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
 // create report instance
 Report report = new Report();
 // load the existing report
 // register the dataset
 report.GetDataSource("Employees").Enabled = true;
 // run the designer
 // free resources used by report

Run the application and look at our form with 3 buttons.

The form of the developed application

Click on the "Report design" button and go to the FastReport .NET designer.

FastReport .NET Designer

Let's add fields from the dataset to the report template using drag and drop, and then add the "Employees" heading to the report. After that, set AutoWidth = true property for the text objects.

Editing a report template in the FastReport .NET designer

Let's save our report template with the "Report" name in the folder with the ReportPDF_Core_WinFormsApp project. After saving, close the designer and application. Let's uncomment the line in the btnExportWithDialog_Click method to make our saved report load when the designer is opened:


Add a click handler for the "Export to PDF" button with a dialog box:

 private void btnExportWithDialog_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
 // create report instance
 Report report = new Report();
 // load the existing report
 // register the dataset
 // run the report
 // create export instance
 PDFExport export = new PDFExport();
 // free resources used by report

Run the project and click on the "Export to PDF with dialog box" button:

PDF export settings dialog

A dialog box with PDF export settings will open. Select "Open after export" and click on "OK". Save to a PDF project folder called "Report". After the export is completed, the PDF file will open automatically:

The result of the PDF export of the report

Thus, we got a simple report/PDF document built from a dataset.

Let’s also check the option of the so-called “silent” PDF export without dialog boxes. Add a click handler for the "Silent export" button:

 private void btnSilentExport_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
 // create report instance
 Report report = new Report();
 // load the existing report
 // register the dataset
 // run the report
 // run the report
 PDFExport export = new PDFExport();
 // opening after export
 export.OpenAfterExport = true;
 // export the report
 report.Export(export, "Result.pdf");
 // free resources used by report

Run the project and click on the "Silent export" button. It will export instantly and a PDF file called "Result" will open, which is next to the exe of the running project:

Result of silent PDF export

In this article, we have reviewed the pull of JetBrains Rider (C#) + .NET Core + WinForms + FastReport .NET + Windows 11 and received a PDF report built from a dataset. And of course, we made sure that it is easy to use the .NET platform without Microsoft Visual Studio.