Display BarCodes in Report Header and Footer


In Visual Studio, you cannot use a Custom Report Items in headers or footers. Therefore, BarcodeGenerator visual component cannot be used to render barcode labels in report headers or footers.

The solution is using Custom Code technology and render barcode label as image stream to standard Image Report Item control which can be placed to headers and footers. You can use BarcodeGenerator class instead of BarcodeGenerator visual component.

The tutorial covers how to display barcode labels in a report header/footer with Aspose.Barcode for Reporting Services.

How to Display Barcodes in a Report Header/Footer

  1. Create blank report project, right click on report page and select Insert then Page Header.

Add Page Header to report

  1. Place Image Report item to report page header.

Add Image item to report

  1. Open Report Properties section References and add references to the Aspose.BarCode for Reporting Services and System.Drawing.
    System.Drawing, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a

Report Properties, References

  1. Add current code to the Report Properties section Code.
    Public Function GetBarcodeImage(ByVal codetext As String) As Byte()
        Dim builder As New Aspose.BarCode.Generation.BarcodeGenerator(Aspose.BarCode.Generation.EncodeTypes.QR, codetext)
        builder.Parameters.Resolution = 300
        Dim bitmap As System.Drawing.Bitmap = builder.GenerateBarCodeImage()
        Dim ms As New System.IO.MemoryStream
        bitmap.Save(ms, System.Drawing.Imaging.ImageFormat.Bmp)
        Return ms.GetBuffer()
    End Function

Report Properties, Code

  1. Return to the Image Report Item, and set properties with these values:
  • Source to Database;
  • MIMEType to image/bmp;
  • Value to =Code.GetBarcodeImage(“Header Code”)

Image item, properties

  1. As a result, on Preview panel you should see something like this:

Preview result