ActiveReports 13
Rendering to CSV
ActiveReports 13 > ActiveReports User Guide > Concepts > Exporting > Rendering Extensions > Rendering to CSV

Comma-Separated Values (CSV) is a form of structured data in plain text. The text in a CSV file is saved as series of values separated by comma. You can use the CsvRenderingExtension to render your report in this format.

The following steps provide an example of rendering a report in the Csv format.

  1. Create a new Visual Studio project.
  2. In the New Project dialog that appears, select ActiveReports 13 Page Report Application and specify a name for the project in the Name field.
  3. Click OK to create a new ActiveReports 13 Page Report Application. By default a Page report is added to the project.
  4. Add reference to GrapeCity.ActiveReports.Export.Xml.dll and GrapeCity.ActiveReports.Core.Rendering.dll assemblies in the project.
  5. On the Form.cs or Form.vb that opens, double-click the title bar to create the Form_Load event.
  6. Add the following code inside the Form_Load event.
Visual Basic.NET code. Paste INSIDE the Form Load event.
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' Provide the page report you want to render.
Dim report As New GrapeCity.ActiveReports.PageReport()
Dim reportDocument As New GrapeCity.ActiveReports.Document.PageDocument(report)

' Create an output directory.
Dim outputDirectory As New System.IO.DirectoryInfo("C:\MyCSV")
outputDirectory.Create()

' Provide settings for your rendering output.
Dim csvSettings As New GrapeCity.ActiveReports.Export.Text.Page.CsvRenderingExtension.Settings()
csvSettings.ColumnsDelimiter = ","
csvSettings.RowsDelimiter = vbCr & vbLf
csvSettings.QuotationSymbol = """"c
csvSettings.Encoding = System.Text.Encoding.UTF8

' Set the rendering extension and render the report.
Dim csvRenderingExtension As New GrapeCity.ActiveReports.Export.Text.Page.CsvRenderingExtension()
Dim outputProvider As New GrapeCity.ActiveReports.Rendering.IO.FileStreamProvider(outputDirectory, System.IO.Path.GetFileNameWithoutExtension(outputDirectory.Name))

' Overwrite output file if it already exists.
outputProvider.OverwriteOutputFile = True

reportDocument.Render(csvRenderingExtension, outputProvider, csvSettings)

C# code. Paste INSIDE the Form Load event.
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// Provide the page report you want to render.
GrapeCity.ActiveReports.PageReport report = new GrapeCity.ActiveReports.PageReport();
GrapeCity.ActiveReports.Document.PageDocument reportDocument = new GrapeCity.ActiveReports.Document.PageDocument(report);

// Create an output directory.
System.IO.DirectoryInfo outputDirectory = new System.IO.DirectoryInfo(@"C:\MyCSV");
outputDirectory.Create();

// Provide settings for your rendering output.
GrapeCity.ActiveReports.Export.Text.Page.CsvRenderingExtension.Settings csvSettings = new GrapeCity.ActiveReports.Export.Text.Page.CsvRenderingExtension.Settings();
csvSettings.ColumnsDelimiter = ",";
csvSettings.RowsDelimiter = "\r\n";
csvSettings.QuotationSymbol = '"';
csvSettings.Encoding = Encoding.UTF8;

// Set the rendering extension and render the report.
GrapeCity.ActiveReports.Export.Text.Page.CsvRenderingExtension csvRenderingExtension = new GrapeCity.ActiveReports.Export.Text.Page.CsvRenderingExtension();
GrapeCity.ActiveReports.Rendering.IO.FileStreamProvider outputProvider = new GrapeCity.ActiveReports.Rendering.IO.FileStreamProvider(outputDirectory, System.IO.Path.GetFileNameWithoutExtension(outputDirectory.Name));

// Overwrite output file if it already exists.
outputProvider.OverwriteOutputFile = true;

reportDocument.Render(csvRenderingExtension, outputProvider, csvSettings);
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