ReportingService2005.GetReportDefinition Method

Retrieves the report definition for a report.

Namespace:  ReportService2005
Assembly:  ReportService2005 (in ReportService2005.dll)

[SoapDocumentMethodAttribute("", RequestNamespace = "", 
	ResponseNamespace = "", 
	Use = SoapBindingUse.Literal, ParameterStyle = SoapParameterStyle.Wrapped)]
[SoapHeaderAttribute("ServerInfoHeaderValue", Direction = SoapHeaderDirection.Out)]
public byte[] GetReportDefinition(
	string Report


Type: System.String
The full path name of the report.

Return Value

Type: System.Byte[]
The report definition as a Base 64-encoded byte array. For more information about this data type, see "Byte Structure" in the Microsoft .NET Framework documentation.

The table below shows header and permissions information on this operation.

SOAP Headers

(Out) ServerInfoHeaderValue

Required Permissions


To compile this code example, you must reference the Reporting Services WSDL and import certain namespaces. For more information, see Compiling and Running Code Examples. The following code example uses the GetReportDefinition method to retrieve the definition of a report and store it as an XML document in the local file system:

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Web.Services.Protocols;

class Sample
   public static void Main()
      ReportingService2005 rs = new ReportingService2005();
      rs.Credentials = System.Net.CredentialCache.DefaultCredentials;

      string reportName = "/SampleReports/Company Sales";
      byte[] reportDefinition = null;
      System.Xml.XmlDocument doc = new System.Xml.XmlDocument();

         reportDefinition = rs.GetReportDefinition(reportName);
         MemoryStream stream = new MemoryStream(reportDefinition);

         doc.Save(@"C:\Company Sales.rdl");

      catch (SoapException e)

      catch (IOException e)

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