Email Crystal Reports from C# Application

The following program describes how to email a Crystal Reports from C# .

All C# Crystal Reports Tutorial in this website is based on the following database - crystaldb. So before you begin this section , please take a look at the database structure of crystaldb - Click Here C# crystaldb

If you are new to Crystal Reports and do not know how to create Crystal Reports from C# , please take a look at the section step by step tutorial for creating a Crystal Reports from C#.

For email a Crystal Report from C# first we have to export the Crystal Reports in any of the File Format available in Crystal Reports and then Email it.

In this section we use the previous tutorial C# Crystal Reports Export to PDF file . So before we start this section please take a look at the tutorial C# Crystal Reports Export to PDF file.

After export the Crystal Reports as a PDF file format in your disk , the next step is to email that .pdf file . For that here we are using System.Web.Mail of C# . We have to provide the necessary information to configuring SmtpMail client and send the exported file as attachment .

Select the default form (Form1.cs) you created in C# and drag two buttons (Button1, Button2 ) and a CrystalReportViewer control to your form.

You have to include CrystalDecisions.CrystalReports.Engine in your C# Source Code.

Copy and paste the following source code and run your C# project.

using System;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using CrystalDecisions.CrystalReports.Engine;
using CrystalDecisions.Shared;
using System.Web.Mail;

namespace WindowsApplication1
    public partial class Form1 : Form
        ReportDocument cryRpt;
        string pdfFile = "c:\\";

        public Form1()

        private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
            cryRpt = new ReportDocument();
            cryRpt.Load(PUT CRYSTAL REPORT PATH HERE\\CrystalReport1.rpt");
            crystalReportViewer1.ReportSource = cryRpt;

        private void button2_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
                ExportOptions CrExportOptions ;
                DiskFileDestinationOptions CrDiskFileDestinationOptions = new DiskFileDestinationOptions();
                PdfRtfWordFormatOptions CrFormatTypeOptions = new PdfRtfWordFormatOptions();
                CrDiskFileDestinationOptions.DiskFileName = pdfFile;
                CrExportOptions = cryRpt.ExportOptions;
                CrExportOptions.ExportDestinationType = ExportDestinationType.DiskFile;
                CrExportOptions.ExportFormatType = ExportFormatType.PortableDocFormat;
                CrExportOptions.DestinationOptions = CrDiskFileDestinationOptions;
                CrExportOptions.FormatOptions = CrFormatTypeOptions;

            catch (Exception ex)

        private void sendmail()
            try {
                SmtpMail.SmtpServer.Insert(0, "your hostname");
                MailMessage Msg = new MailMessage();
                Msg.To = "to address here";
                Msg.From = "from address here";
                Msg.Subject = "Crystal Report Attachment ";
                Msg.Body = "Crystal Report Attachment ";
                Msg.Attachments.Add(new MailAttachment(pdfFile));
            catch (Exception ex) { 
                MessageBox.Show (ex.ToString()); 

cryRpt.Load(PUT CRYSTAL REPORT PATH HERE\\CrystalReport1.rpt");
The Crystal Reports file path in your C# project files location, there you can see CrystalReport1.rpt . So give the full path name of Crystal Reports file like c:\projects\crystalreports\CrystalReport1.rpt

Before you run this program , you have to provide the necessary SMTP information , that is your HOSTNAME , FROM ADDRESS and TO ADDRESS to the SMTP client. (C) 2021    Founded by raps mk
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