Pentaho Reporting

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Suite of Open Source reporting tools that enables the creation of relational and analytical reports from a wide range of data sources.





Transform all your data into meaningful information, tailored to your audience with Pentaho Reporting, a suite of Open Source tools that allows you to create pixel-perfect reports of your data in PDF, Excel, HTML, Text, Rich-Text-File, XML and CSV. These computer generated reports easily refine data from various sources into a human readable form.




Frequently asked questions

Which data sources are supported by Pentaho Reporting?

What types of companies can use Pentaho Reporting?

What types of users can use Pentaho Reporting?

Besides the standard ones (SQL, MDX, Pentaho Metadata, etc.), we can also consume Kettle Transformations on the fly, so there are no limits to where your data comes from or how source data are combined together.Pentaho Reporting is used across all industries and the public sector, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses. Pentaho's reporting capabilities are easy enough for smaller companies, but offer the greater flexibility needed to integrate well, even in the complex IT solutions of the largest companies.Documents generated by Pentaho Reporting can be accessed via our integrated WebViewer, saved as files or sent by e-mail to a pre-defined list of recipients. Is is also possible to generate reports as part of a Kettle Transformation and to use PDI to distribute the generated files according to more complex business rules.

Can I use Pentaho Reporting out-of-the-box?

Can I embed Pentaho Reporting into my applications?

Can I customize how reports look?

Yes. It was designed to be used as an out-of-the-box reporting application and as a reporting component to integrate with other applications. Some companies will simply want to download the project in a standalone manner and start building, scheduling and distributing reports, while others will want to embed and integrate the project into their own applications, using exclusively the components they need and customizing it to fit their application.Pentaho Reporting is a lightweight embeddable reporting engine that you can control from your own code to run reports and access all available data sources. Such direct embedding of the reporting engine is suitable for generating reports in the backend or for a desktop application. However, if you want to use Pentaho Reporting in a web-application, we recommend that you integrate your code with the Pentaho BI Server instead, a standard conforming J2EE application that offers a rich REST API for OEMs and developers. This allows you to combine the power of Pentaho's BI capabilities with the code of your own web-application. Plus, the LGPL license allows you to freely use Pentaho Reporting in commercial and open-source offerings alike.Yes. Pentaho Reporting styling is flexible, and allows the report designer to choose the granularity at which they want to manipulate the look and feel, right down to font styling on individual characters. You can also add your own images and logos to the reports.



Main concepts

Pentaho Reporting's development is driven by the goal of creating a flexible yet simple to use reporting engine. It is a a suite of Open Source tools that includes the Report Designer, Reporting Engine and Reporting SDK. With high performance at low memory consumption, the report processing can scale from small footprint embedded scenarios to large-scale enterprise reporting scenarios. Pentaho Reporting integrates perfectly with the BI Server and allows you to share reports with co-workers and peers.


Report Designer

The Report Designer is a desktop reporting tool that provides a visual design environment to easily create sophisticated and rich reports. It is geared towards experienced and power users, who are familiar with the concepts and data sources used.


Reporting Engine

The Reporting Engine is an embeddable JAVA reporting library that is used by the Report Designer to generate reports. The library can be used in both server-side and client-side scenarios. Originally known as JFreeReport, it was designed to follow the approach of banded reporting with absolutely positioned elements.


Reporting SDK

The Reporting Software Developers Kit (SDK) is a packaging of the Classic Engine, documentation and all of the supporting libraries required to embed the Pentaho Reporting Engine into your application.





Pentaho reporting 7.1 Stable

Pentaho Reporting 7.1 is a stable version of the Open Source suite and includes Report Designer 7.1.


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Change Log

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