HOW-TO Export to HTML

In your web.xml declare ImageServlet (from JasperReports) to allow images in the report to be shown properly.



Later in a Servlet or so use the DJServletHelper class which handles the most common scenario for HTML exporting in a HTTP web server. DJServletHelper will directly write the HTML in the response.

 DJServletHelper.exportToHtml(request, response, imageServletUrl, dr, layoutManager, ds, parameters, exporterParams);


  • request, response: HTTP Servlet request and response
  • imageServletUrl: is the URI that points to the ImageServlet (declared above).
  • dr: the DynamicReport
  • ds: a data source (JRDataSource)
  • parameters: a Map with the report parameters.
  • exporterParams: a Map with the HTML exporter specific parameters.


In a simple Servlet or Action from your favorite MVC framework do something like this (this is a simple servlet)

        private void generateReport(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response) throws ColumnBuilderException,
                        ClassNotFoundException, JRException, IOException {
                String realPath = request.getSession().getServletContext().getRealPath("/");

                DynamicReport dr = createDynamicReport(realPath);

                String imageServletUrl = "reports/image";
                LayoutManager layoutManager = new ClassicLayoutManager();
                JRDataSource ds = new JRBeanCollectionDataSource(getDummyCollectionSorted(dr.getColumns()));
                Map parameters = new HashMap();
                Map exporterParams = new HashMap();

                DJServletHelper.exportToHtml(request, response, imageServletUrl, dr, layoutManager, ds, parameters, exporterParams);


        private DynamicReport createDynamicReport(String realPath)
                        throws ColumnBuilderException, ClassNotFoundException {
                FastReportBuilder drb = new FastReportBuilder();
                drb.addColumn("State", "state", String.class.getName(),30)
                        .addColumn("Branch", "branch", String.class.getName(),30)
                        .addColumn("Product Line", "productLine", String.class.getName(),50)
                        .addColumn("Item", "item", String.class.getName(),50)
                        .addColumn("Item Code", "id", Long.class.getName(),30,true)
                        .addColumn("Quantity", "quantity", Long.class.getName(),60,true)
                        .addColumn("Amount", "amount", Float.class.getName(),70,true)
                        .addFirstPageImageBanner(realPath + "/images/logo_fdv_solutions_60.jpg", new Integer(197), new Integer(60), ImageBanner.ALIGN_LEFT)
                        .setTitle("November 2008 sales report")
                        .setSubtitle("This report was generated at " + new Date())

                DynamicReport dr =;
                return dr;

        public Collection getDummyCollectionSorted(List columnlist) {
                Collection dummyCollection = TestRepositoryProducts.getDummyCollection();
                return SortUtils.sortCollection(dummyCollection,columnlist);


See also tricks when exporting to HTML

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