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Developer(s) Jaspersoft
Stable release 6.3.0, see:
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in Multilingual
Type Enterprise Reporting
License LGPL
Website http://community.jaspersoft.com/project/jasperreports-library

JasperReports is an open source Java reporting tool that can write to a variety of targets, such as: screen, a printer, into PDF, HTML, Microsoft Excel, RTF, ODT, Comma-separated values or XML files.

It can be used in Java-enabled applications, including Java EE or web applications, to generate dynamic content. It reads its instructions from an XML or .jasper file.

JasperReports is part of the Lisog open source stack initiative.


JasperReports is an open source reporting library that can be embedded into any Java application. Features include:

  • Scriptlets may accompany the report definition,[1] which the report definition can invoke at any point to perform additional processing. The scriptlet is built using Java, and has many hooks that can be invoked before or after stages of the report generation, such as Report, Page, Column or Group.
  • Sub-reports[2]

For users with more sophisticated report management requirements, reports designed for JasperReports can be easily imported into the JasperServer - the interactive report server..,.


Industry Business Intelligence
Founded 2002
Headquarters San Francisco, United States
Key people
Teodor Danciu, JasperReports; Al Campa, Founder; Brian Gentile, CEO
Products Jaspersoft BI[3]
Website jaspersoft.com

Teodor Danciu began work on JasperReports in June 2001, the sf.net project was registered in September 2001[4] and JasperReports 0.1.5 was released on November 3, 2001.[5]

JasperReports Version 1.0 was released on July 21, 2005.[6]

The code was originally licensed under a copyleft JasperReports License[4] and later moved to LGPL.

Jaspersoft was originally called Panscopic, and was founded by Al Campa, CEO, and Raj Bhargava, VP of Products in 2001. Panscopic raised $23M from Doll Capital, Discovery Ventures, Morgenthaler Ventures, and Partech. In 2004 Panscopic teamed up with Teodor Danciu,[7] acquired the intellectual property of JasperReports, and changed the name of the company to Jaspersoft. Brian Gentile became CEO in 2007.

Jaspersoft provides commercial software around the JasperReports product, and negotiate contracts with software developers that wish to embed the JasperReports engine into a closed source product.

Jaspersoft's main related product is JasperReports Server, a Java EE web application that provides advanced report server capabilities such as report scheduling and permissions. It is available under an open source license for use in conjunction with open source infrastructure such as MySQL and JBoss, or a commercial license for enterprise deployments involving commercial databases and application servers.

Jaspersoft is a gold partner with MySQL,[8] and JasperReports was included in the PostgreSQL distribution Bizgres version 0.7.[9][10][11]

On April 28, 2014, TIBCO announced it had acquired Jaspersoft for approximately $185 million.[12]


JasperReports reports are defined in an XML file format, called JRXML, which can be hand-coded, generated, or designed using a tool. The file format is defined by a Document Type Definition (DTD) or XML schema for newer versions, providing limited interoperability.[13]

The main difference between using XML and a .jasper file is that the XML file should be compiled at runtime using the JasperCompileManager class.


Jaspersoft is having many competitors, both in form of open source tools as well as proprietary tools.

Open source competitor BI tools

Proprietary BI vendors competitors are

Third-party tools[edit]

There are many tools providing JasperReport capabilities:

  • iReport, an open source standalone graphical program that provides report designer capabilities, and is able to run reports using all data source supported by the JasperReports engine.[2] iReport is actively maintained by JasperSoft.[14]
  • DynamicReports, an open source Java reporting library based on JasperReports. It allows creating dynamic report designs and it doesn't need a visual report designer.
  • ReportServer, an open source business intelligence platform integrating various reporting engines including JasperReports and Eclipse BIRT.
  • SWTJasperViewer, an open source reusable component that can be embedded in any SWT/JFace application such as Eclipse.[15]
  • Report Integration Framework, an open source report abstraction layer.
  • five Eclipse plug-ins that provide report designing and debugging capabilities, including:
  • WebReportBuilder, an open source Java EE web application that allows web based developers and non developers to create basic and advanced Reports based on JasperReports to be used as a Web Report Server.
  • OpenReports, a Java EE web application that provides advanced report server capabilities with support for four open source reporting engines: JasperReports, JFreeReport, JXLS, and Eclipse BIRT.[18]
  • JasperTags, a JSP tag library for easy inclusion of reports in web applications.[19]
  • Aspose.Words for JasperReports, for converting reports from JasperReports and JasperServer to Word formats.[20]
  • Aspose.Slides for JasperReports, for converting to PowerPoint PPT and PPS formats.[21]
  • The Information Management System for Mine Action (IMSMA) uses JasperReports for its reporting capability. It is the most commonly used planning software for humanitarian demining.[22]
  • The PDFReporter is a library that uses the JasperReport architecture for its reporting functionalities on mobile devices. With the library it is possible to generate reports at real time on a mobile device. Android and iOS are supported platforms.[23]

IDE integration[edit]

Many prominent Java IDEs provide instructions for users wishing to integrate JasperReports into a project.[24]

Further reading[edit]

  • Brian D. Eubanks (November 15, 2005). "Chapter 6. Graphics and Data Visualisation". Wicked Cool Java: code bits, open-source libraries, and project ideas. No Starch Press. pp. 144–146. ISBN 1-59327-061-5. 
  • Jack M. Germain (2007-07-26). "So You Want to Be a Linux Developer, Part 1". TechNewsWorld. Retrieved 2007-07-30. 

Code refactoring[edit]

JasperReports has been the focus of several academic papers on code refactoring


  1. ^ Erik Swenson (2002-09-20). "Reports made easy with JasperReports". JavaWorld.com. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  2. ^ a b Christian Brell; Tobias Kieninger (January 2007). "Freie Reporting-Tools im Vergleich" (PDF). Orientations in Objects; JavaSpektrum. Retrieved 2007-07-14. 
  3. ^ Zack Urlocker (July 23, 2007). "JasperSoft BI Suite 2.0". InfoWorld weblog. Retrieved 2007-07-30. 
  4. ^ a b "An Interview with Teodor Danciu of JasperReports". RootPrompt. February 16, 2005. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  5. ^ freshmeat.net: Project details for JasperReports:Comment
  6. ^ "JasperReports 1.0 released". theserverside. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  7. ^ "Can an open source project get acquired? One just did.". zdnet blogs. April 25, 2005. Retrieved 2006-12-28. 
  8. ^ "MySQL AB :: Jaspersoft". 2006-06-27. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  9. ^ "Bizgres 0.7 Released". bizgres.org. August 3, 2005. Archived from the original on December 17, 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  10. ^ Gavin Clarke (3 August 2005). "Bizgres gets down to business with open source BI stack". RegDeveloper. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  11. ^ Jutta Horstmann (November 10, 2005). "Migrating to Open Source Databases: The Data Warehouse Case Study" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 29, 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  12. ^ TIBCO Software Acquires Jaspersoft
  13. ^ David R. Heffelfinger. "JasperReports Tutorial/Getting Started Guide". Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  14. ^ David R. Heffelfinger. "Review: iReport Designer for JasperReports". Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  15. ^ "SWTJasperViewer: plugin details". Eclipse-Plugins.info. 25 November 2004. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  16. ^ http://www.ciol.com/content/search
  17. ^ "JasperAssistant: Plugin details". Eclipse-Plugins.info. 12 December 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  18. ^ Brian Burridge (April 8, 2005). "JasperReports and OpenReports". Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  19. ^ JasperTags
  20. ^ Aspose.Words for JasperReports
  21. ^ Aspose.Slides for JasperReports
  22. ^ IMSMA Website
  23. ^ PDFReporter Website
  24. ^ JasperReports Project Page
  25. ^ Ricardo Olivieri (17 November 2004). "Generating online reports using JasperReports and WebSphere Studio". IBM developerWorks. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 

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