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do I need visual studio to install crystal reports

Aug 01, 2017 at 12:56 PM


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We have a tech support from another company to build custom reports with crystal reports for us but he tells me I need to buy crystal reports to view them.

Do I need to buy visual studio also to install crystal reports if I only use it to view my reports?

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Don Williams
Aug 01, 2017 at 01:01 PM

Hi Joel,

It depends on what you want to do.

If you and a few people are going to view the reports then just buy single copies of CR Designer so you can open and refresh the reports.

Go here to get CR Designer:

If you want to develop a Windows or WEB app to view the reports then go here to get the runtime and installer into VS 2010 and above. VS 2017 is not supported fully yet until SP 21 iss released.

Runtime and Installer is available here, the EXE is to install on the DEV PC with VS install, all others are for distribution of your app and CR runtime:


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