Getting Started


jsreports uses standard web technologies (HTML, JavaScript, and CSS) and does not require any browser plug-ins to run. Excel and PDF files are generated entirely in JavaScript, on the client. No server component is required - you only need to include the jsreports JavaScript library in your web page.

Browser compatibility

jsreports supports all modern web browsers, including IE 10+.


Extract the jsreports distribution into a folder within your web application.

Include the jsreports module:


import jsreports from './lib/jsreports-all.min';


var jsreports = require('./lib/jsreports-all.min');

Script tag (the old-fashioned way):

<script src="jsreports-all.min.js" type="text/javascript">

Your first report

First, define a data source. Data sources for jsreports are JSON or CSV data. You can point to a data source on a server by its URL, or you can provide actual data as a literal JavaScript array. See Working with Data for more details and examples.

To get started with a simple data source, copy and paste the following code. This will be a simple data source with just three rows of data.

var orderData = [{
    "userId": "1X39AN4Z92Y",
    "userName": "John Smith",
    "accountType": "INDIVIDUAL",
    "orderTotal": 19.95,
    "orderDate": "2016-02-24"
    "userId": "1AC43L30HR8",
    "userName": "Alison Jones",
    "accountType": "BUSINESS",
    "orderTotal": 180.50,
    "orderDate": "2016-02-25"
    "userId": "1CM499NA94R",
    "userName": "Becky Sanderson",
    "accountType": "BUSINESS",
    "orderTotal": 85.00,
    "orderDate": "2016-02-27"

// A schema is used to assist the report designer and report engine to know
// about the data types used in the data source.
var orderSchema = {
    fields: [{
        name: "userId",
        type: "text"
        name: "userName",
        type: "text"
        name: "accountType",
        type: "text"
        name: "orderTotal",
        type: "number"
        name: "orderDate",
        type: "date"

var dataSource = {
    id: "orders",   // Internal reference ID
    name: "Orders",  // Data source name shown to report designer
    data: orderData,
    schema: orderSchema

Now, we'll define a very simple report that uses this data. You can use the report component to create reports, but here we'll use the report builder API to assemble a report definition in code.

// Create a report definition
var report = jsreports.createReport()
    .data('orders') // The report will look for a data source with ID "orders"
    .groupBy('accountType', 'accountType', 'desc')
            .text('[accountType] Accounts:')
            .text('Total: [SUM(orderTotal)]', 2, 0, 2, 0.25, {
                pattern: '$#,##0.00',
                align: 'right',
                bold: true
        .text('[orderDate]', 1.75, 0, 1, 0.25, {
            pattern: 'M/D/YY'
        .text('[orderTotal]', 3, 0, 1, 0.25, {
            pattern: '$#,##0.00',
            align: 'right'

// Render the report
    report_def: report,
    target: $('body').css('min-height', '500px'),
    datasets: [ dataSource ]

When you run this code, you should get a result like the following:

First report output

Next, check out the examples to see how to implement other types of reports.