How to Install Crystal Reports for Visual Studio

This tutorial Provides information about how to Install Crystal Reports for Visual Studio. The Installation Procedure is same for all Versions of Visual Studio. The Versions of the Visual Studio supported are Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio 2012, Visual Studio 2013, Visual Studio 2015 & Visual Studio 2017.& Visual Studio 2019

All Editions of Visual Studio are supported by Crystal Reports. Crystal Reports are Free to use and distribute under visual studio

What is Crystal Reports

Crystal Reports is a popular report generation tool. It allowed programmers to write reports from various data sources with a minimum amount of code.

Crystal Reports has been automatically installed as a part of Visual Basic. It was also included in Visual Studio up to the version Visual Studio 2008.  It was removed from the Visual Studio 2010 and now available as a separate download.

SAP Crystal Reports for Visual Studio

Crystal Reports was renamed as SAP Crystal Reports for Visual Studio. You can download the Crystal report for Visual Studio from the following link

Latest Edition Download Link

SAP Crystal Reports for Visual Studio is Free and you can download it and use it for your reporting requirements. You can download the latest edition from the following link.

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You should always install the latest edition as it contains the crucial bug fixes & security updates.

Link to older versions

Crystal Reports
Version
Supported
IDE
Developer
Edition
Download
Runtime
Download
Service Pack 28
Version 13.0.28
Visual Studio 2019, 2017,2015,2013,2012,2010 SP 2832 Bit
64 Bit
Service Pack 27
Version 13.0.27
Visual Studio 2019, 2017,2015,2013,2012,2010 SP 2732 Bit
64 Bit
Service Pack 26
Version 13.0.26
Visual Studio 2019, 2017,2015,2013,2012,2010 SP 2632 Bit
64 Bit
Service Pack 25
Version 13.0.25
Visual Studio 2019, 2017,2015,2013,2012,2010 SP 2532 Bit
64 Bit
Service Pack 24
Version 13.0.24
Visual Studio 2017,
2015,2013,2012,2010
SP 2432 Bit
64 Bit
Service Pack 23
Version 13.0.23
Visual Studio 2017,
2015,2013,2012,2010
SP 2332 Bit
64 Bit
Service Pack 22
Version 13.0.22
Visual Studio 2017,
2015,2013,2012,2010
SP 2232 Bit
64 Bit
Service Pack 21
Version 13.0.21

**Contains Breaking Changes
Visual Studio 2017,
2015,2013,2012,2010
SP 2132 Bit
64 Bit
Service Pack 20
Version 13.0.20
Visual Studio 2015,
2013,2012,2010
SP 20 32 Bit

64 Bit
Service Pack 19
Version 13.0.19
Visual Studio 2015,
2013,2012,2010
SP 19 32 Bit
64 Bit
Service Pack 18
Version 13.0.18
Visual Studio 2015,
2013,2012,2010
SP 18 32 Bit
64 Bit

How to Install Crystal Reports for Visual Studio

Login to your PC with administrator permissions and download the file from the above link. Once the download is finished, go to the download location and double-click on the downloaded file.

Installation starts with unzipping of the installer

Crystal Reports Installation Unzip
Crystal Reports Installation Unzip

You will be taken to the language selection page. Choose the correct language and click on ok

 Crystal Reports Installation Choose the language
Crystal Reports Installation Choose the language

You will see the welcome screen as shown below. Click on Next to continue

 Crystal Report Installation Welcome Screen
Crystal Report Installation Welcome Screen

This will take you to the License agreement. Choose I Accept the license agreement and click on next

Crystal Report Installation License Agreement
Crystal Report Installation License Agreement

This will take you to start installation screen. Click Next to Continue

Crystal Report Installation Start Installation
Crystal Report Installation Start Installation

The installation begins and it will take several minutes to finish. At the end, you see the following screen.  If you want to install the runtime choose Yes, Install 64-bit runtime ( or 32 bit depending on your PC). Click on Finish

Crystal Report Installation Finish
Crystal Report Installation Finish

If you selected Install 64-bit runtime, then the installation of the runtime will start and it will take some time to finish.

Once the installation is complete restart your PC.  Open the Visual Studio and start creating the great reports using Crystal Reports. You can read our tutorial on how to create crystal reports from the following links

  1. How to Create Crystal Report using Visual Studio
  2. How to Create Crystal Reports in ASP.NET Webforms
  3. How to Create Crystal Report using ASP.NET MVC

Crystal Report Runtime

The application created using crystal report needs crystal report runtime on the target machine (Client machine).  You can refer to this tutorial on how to download and install crystal report runtime

4 thoughts on “How to Install Crystal Reports for Visual Studio”

  1. I follow all steps but I encounters the following error

    CrystalDecision.CrystalReports.Engenie.ReportDocument threw an exception.

    anyone who can help me will be appropriated.

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