VB.NET Crystal Reports for Beginners

Start your first VB.NET Crystal Reports .

All programming samples related to Crystal Reports in this tutorial are derived from the following database, namely "crystaldb". Prior to commencing this tutorial, it is highly recommended that you familiarize yourself with the structure of the database. For your convenience, you may click on the provided link to access the detailed Database Structure.

Open Visual Studio .NET and select a new Visual Basic .NET Project.


Create a new Crystal Reports for Product table from the above database crystalDB. The Product Table has three fields (Product_id,Product_name,Product_price) and we are showing the whole table data in the Crystal Reports.

From main menu in Visual Studio select PROJECT-->Add New Item . Then Add New Item dialogue will appear and select Crystal Reports from the dialogue box.


Select Report type from Crystal Reports gallery.


Accept the default settings and click OK.

Next step is to select the appropriate connection to your database. Here we are going to select OLEDB connection for SQL Server

Select OLE DB (ADO) from Create New Connection.


Select Microsoft OLE DB Provider for SQL Server .


Next screen is the SQL Server authentication screen . Select your Sql Server name , enter userid , password and select your Database Name . Click next , Then the screen shows OLE DB Property values , leave it as it is , and click finish.

Then you will get your Server name under OLEDB Connection from there select database name (Crystaldb) and click the tables , then you can see all your tables from your database.

From the tables list select Product table to the right side list .


Click Next Button

Select all fields from Product table to the right side list.


Click Finish Button. Then you can see the Crystal Reports designer window . You can arrange the design according your requirements. Your screen look like the following picture.


Now the designing part is over and the next step is to call the created Crystal Reports in VB.NET through Crystal Reports Viewer control .

Select the default form (Form1.vb) you created in VB.NET and drag a button and CrystalReportViewer control to your form.


Select Form's source code view and put the code on top.

Imports CrystalDecisions.CrystalReports.Engine

Put the following source code in the button click event

Full Source VB.NET
Imports CrystalDecisions.CrystalReports.Engine Public Class Form1 Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click Dim cryRpt As New ReportDocument cryRpt.Load("PUT CRYSTAL REPORT PATH HERE\CrystalReport1.rpt") CrystalReportViewer1.ReportSource = cryRpt CrystalReportViewer1.Refresh() End Sub End Class

cryRpt.Load("PUT CRYSTAL REPORT PATH HERE\CrystalReport1.rpt")

The Crystal Reports is in your project location, there you can see CrystalReport1.rpt . So give the full path name of report here.

After you run the source code you will get the report like this.


Hope this tutorial help you to create your first Crystal Reports.