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Can you consume OData in an SSRS report?

Is it possible to consume OData in an SSRS report? If so how do I go about this?

I found the following which seemed quite hopeful, but nothing recently confirms for whether this is actually possible:


If this isn't yet implemented in SSRS 2008R2 are there any recommended workarounds?

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  • Perhaps making a dataset of objects and pulling them in thru a web service returning odata. I have not done this but I am pretty sure it is a possibility. –  Ross Bush May 22, 2013 at 2:31

Not directly, no. OData isn't a supported data source for Reporting Services in current versions.

However SSRS can use ODBC data sources, so perhaps an OData ODBC driver like this one might be an alternative? I haven't tried this myself but it seems like a good option.

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This article walks you through deploying the CData ADO.NET Provider for OData on an SSRS report server. You will also create a shared data source; shared data sources enable connectivity to live OData services from multiple reports. You can connect to shared data sources from Report Designer in Visual Studio -- see the Using ADO.NET section in the help documentation for a guide to creating datasets in Report Designer.

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The provider installation automatically deploys the provider on report servers in native mode. On report servers in SharePoint mode, you can use the install-sprs.ps1 PowerShell script to deploy. Simply run the script from the lib subfolder in the installation directory, or pass in the "path" parameter.

Create a Shared Data Source for OData

You can create shared data sources directly from a report server or SharePoint site. Alternatively, you can use Report Designer to create shared data sources.

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You can use Report Designer to create shared data sources on native mode report servers and report servers on a SharePoint server farm.

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In this blog post, we will walk you through the steps to connect your OData feed to Bold Reports. Let’s start!

Bold Reports provides an OData data source connector to connect with OData feeds using GET/POST methods. The connector also allows you to add request headers and parameters. The connector lets you retrieve responses in JSON or XML formats and allows basic HTTP authentication or open connections through No Authentication mode. So, you can connect to any OData RESTful APIs and supply data to your report.

As a first step, launch the Bold Reports Enterprise server demo site , referring to the steps to create a report , and create a new report.

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Choose OData connector

To create a new data source with the OData connection, select the data source icon on the right. Doing so will expand the data source panel.

Data pane view

In the DATA configuration panel, click on the NEW DATA button. The DATA SOURCES panel lists the data connectors as shown in the following screenshot.

Choose connection type

Choose the OData data source connector. The OData connection panel will be displayed.

New data source connection pane

OData connector process

In the connection properties, provide a unique name for the data source. Enter your OData URL and add an authentication key and value under the Header(s) section (if you have any). Set the data format of the result returned by the query from the OData. For example, let’s execute a simple GET request that will return invoice details from the OData. To do this, refer to the OData API documentation and provide the valid URL to get the invoice details.

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Click Connect to create a data source.

Design query

After connecting, you will get into the query design view with the invoice table displayed in the left pane of a tree view.

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Drag the table into the design pane and select the required columns for the table. Execute the query and click Finish.

Execute Query

Note: In schema tree, the nested fields in the specified OData feed will be shown as a flat structure.

The designer page will load so you can proceed with designing your report with this data source.

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Design a report

Using this data, we can design an invoice details report. Refer to the Report Designer documentation and create a similar report design.

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Preview report

You can preview the report at design time using the built-in Bold Report Viewer to ensure the report design is as expected. Switch to the preview mode. In preview, the report will display the invoice details like in the following screenshot.

Report displaying invoice details

How to pass parameters and headers

In the previous sections, we have seen how to fetch data from an OData feed using a simple GET action and make a simple invoice report design using it. Now, let’s see how to pass parameters, headers, and authentication credentials in an OData data source connector.

How to pass parameters for GET action

For GET actions, we can pass the parameters along with a valid OData URL in the URL field:

  • Choose GET in Method drop-down.

Passing parameters in URL

Based on the specified parameter value, the data will be fetched from the OData feed.

Data filtered in query designer

To pass dynamic values for parameters, refer to the Pass dynamic value for URL section.

How to pass parameters for POST action

Enter the OData URL in the URL field. Then choose POST in the Method drop-down. The parameter option will start displaying once you do. To add a parameter, follow these steps:

Add parameters

During report processing, you can pass dynamic values for each parameter using expressions. Refer to the How to pass dynamic values for parameters section. You can also pass the parameters as raw data. Refer to the How to pass raw data section to learn more.

How to pass headers

Based on the OData feed, pass the required headers in the Header(s) property. To add headers, follow these steps:

Adding headers

Similarly, you can add multiple headers and pass a value for them. During report processing, you can pass dynamic values for each key in headers using expressions. Refer to the How to pass dynamic values for headers section.

Authentication types

You can set the authentication type, as either None or Basic HTTP Authentication .

Use None type in the following cases:

  • If your data source supports authentication directly through the OData URL, choose None under Authentication Type.
  • If your data source supports API key or API token authentication, pass these values under Header(s) by clicking + Add . Choose None under Authentication Type.

Use Basic Http Authentication if your data source requires a username and password to authenticate. Choose Basic HTTP Authentication under Authentication Type and input the username and password.

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We hope this blog post helps you connect to OData feeds using Bold Reports. To further expand your report, you can explore the Bold Report Designer documentation . I have also attached the generated .rdl file for further reference.

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What functionality is available in the SQL Server Reporting Services REST API and how would I use it?

With the introduction of the most recent release of SQL 2017, a new REST API was introduced for accessing certain meta data details concerning SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS). The SQL 2017 version uses the REST API (RESTful API or representational state transfer) as a replacement for the SOAP access that previously supplied data on many of the catalog and other details surrounding a SSRS catalog. Some of the data points that can be retrieved via the REST API calls can also potentially be retrieved via direct queries against the SSRS database where much of the background data is stored for SSRS. For instance, the queries outlined in this tip for the most part still work well at querying various details surround SSRS and the reports deployed to the SSRS website.  Even so, the direct query method requires direct access to database which many users will not have. Therefore, the REST API alternative provides similar access to this data but uses the web service to serve up the data.

The first step in being able to use the SSRS REST API is to download SQL Server Reporting Services 2017 . Be sure you are getting the latest edition and remember, now, SSRS is a separate stand along install. Once SSRS is installed and running, we can now begin to interrogate reporting services using the API.

Any REST API utilizes a set of basic commands:

While we will not do a full dive into all the constraints and rules around REST APIs, certain restrictions are provided by the above methods for interacting with web services via HTTP. In essence these items provide the basic framework for interacting with the data from an URL service request. The most common format for housing the data as it travels back and forth is via a JSON file while the HTTP protocol provides the framework for providing statuses of our method requests (the infamous 404 error is one of those statuses). Finally, it should be noted that the GET method, noted above, is the default method.

Enough on the theory, let us try some examples. We will start with just using the Chrome web browser to execute our HTTP request; we will later use the Fiddler Free Version ( https://www.telerik.com/fiddler ) as it provides the ability to execute the various HTTP commands using a nice interface and also provides richer details about the server responses.

For our first example, we will execute a simple GET request which will return a list of Reports, and their related elements, on our local SSRS server. Remember the GET method is the default method, so we will not specify it in our commands.

Our first call will be to simply return all the report information that are on the report server. The command uses the report server URL and then references the API, version 2.0, and then references the schema to return. Thus, for our local report server the command would look like: http://localhost/Reports_SSRS/api/v2.0/Reports .

  • http://localhost/Reports_SSRS - This portion is the URL to my local report server.
  • /api/v2.0 - This portion reference the SSRS API, version 2.0, which SQL 2017 uses.
  • /Reports - This portion of the command instructs the request to return data for the Reports Schema (we will discuss the available schemas later).

As illustrated below, we execute the GET method against the SSRS REST API Reports schema which in turn returns a list of all the reports along with multiple properties about each of those reports.

Get Command

Next, we can add arguments to our request to limit or filter the returned values. The first such command sets the number of records to be returned to just a specified top number, n: http://localhost/Reports_SSRS/api/v2.0/Reports?$top=3.  We use 3 in the below command to return the top 3 reports. We should note that the below results are all in json form.

Get Top 3

Subsequently, we can limit not only the number of records returned, but also select the actual fields or attributes to be returned. In the below example, we are requesting just the report name and report path / location: http://localhost/Reports_SSRS/api/v2.0/Reports?$select=Name,Path .

Get Fields

Incidentally, we could also use a select=*, just like a SQL query (with an equal sign in between): http://localhost/Reports_SSRS/api/v2.0/Reports?$select=*.

Get Select *

We can also combine multiple arguments using an “&” between each one: http://localhost/Reports_SSRS/api/v2.0/Reports?$select=*&$top=2 .

Get Multiple Arguements

As shown below, filter criteria can also be used to filter what values are returned. We are filtering in the below example using “contains” within the description field, specifically looking for the word “map” http://localhost/Reports_SSRS/api/v2.0/Reports?$filter=contains(Description,'map') .

Get Filter

What happens if we enter an incorrect value for the URL or the arguments? A HTTP error will be generated as shown below. Generally, we want a 200 status to be returned, but you will only see this status if you are using a tool to review the http traffic which we discuss below.


As an alternative method of completing the API calls is to use a tool such as Fiddler, cURL, or PostMan. Furthermore, browser add-ins such as Reslet are available for detailed HTTP testing. In the below illustrations, we display the calls from Fiddler, the request status, and finally results of the HTTP method call.

Up to this point we have focused on the GET Command and the Reports schema. However, the list of schema values that can be requested is quite large and includes:

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Within each of these schemas there are many sub elements or properties that can be requested, updated, or deleted. For instance, within the Reports schema, you can request details around comments, subscriptions, parameter definitions, and data sources. In the below example, a request is made from the Reports schema to pull the Reports data source details; the basic syntax is: /Reports({Id})/DataSources. The Id is the GUID for the report.

Get Datasource with Fiddler

Now we will move to using the POST method to add a new folder on the report server. The POST command syntax is similar to the GET command, but we must specify the folder name and path in order for the folder to be created. The basic command is: http://localhost/Reports_SSRS/api/v2.0/Folders and the properties specified are in the format of: {"Name":"Test Folder Add","Path":"/Test Folder Add"}. 

Here is a picture of my report server home page before adding the folder.

Report Server before

Next, we execute the POST in Fiddler as shown below.

Post Folder

The end result is the addition of the new folder.

SSRS After

We could adjust the adjust the description for the folder by calling the PUT method. We need to specify the Folder GUID ID (you can run a GET request to get the folder GUID) and the Properties element in the request.  The command takes the following format: http://localhost/Reports_SSRS/api/v2.0/Folders(d3b75510-fcd4-499e-81fa-deed5b416f4f)/Properties while the request body details take this format: [{"Name":"Description","Value":"Projects just for Scotts Tips"}].  Executing this method is shown below.

PUT Description

Now we have a description for our folder, and of course you could adjust many of the other properties.

New folder description

We can also delete this folder using the DELETE method. It requires that we know the ID for the folder that we would like to delete; we can again use GET method to obtain that ID.  The DELETE request, http://localhost/Reports_SSRS/api/v2.0/Folders(c10008d0-edc6-40ff-a53c-e8c577847788), is executed below.

Delete Method

Reviewing the report server, we see the noted folder is now removed.

Delete Method result

These same or similar commands can be called for most of the other schema objects.  The full schema and related properties / arguments is available on SwagerHub at https://app.swaggerhub.com/apis/microsoft-rs/SSRS/2.0 . As you can see in the above examples, the new SSRS Version 2.0 REST API provides significant access to the meta data stored for most of the objects in SSRS.

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How to use SSIS to enable oData and other data sources in SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services


Ah, it’s been awhile since I’ve done one of my longer blog posts.  There’s one I’ve been itching to do for the last few weeks around SQL Server Integration Services .  If you follow this blog , you know I have a great affinity for SSIS .  A question came up a few weeks back around how could someone enable SSIS as a data source in Reporting Services , since the currently “documented” way is not only several years old, it is completely unsupported by Microsoft.

Well, a colleague of mine pointed out there was a way to do this using the Data Streaming Destination option in an SSIS package .  This option allows you to query the output like you would any other SQL Server view in Reporting Services .  Needless to say, I was eager to put together a walkthrough for folks so they could try this themselves.

To create a SQL Server Integration Services Project, you’ll need to make sure you have a program called SQL Server Data Tools  installed.  It integrates with Visual Studio , but you don’t need Visual Studio already installed to use this program.  If you do have Visual Studio installed, however, this will add new project types you can select. The version for SQL Server 2016 is located here to download and use – https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt204009.aspx .

To get started, select File – > New -> Project, then select the Integration Services Project option.


I’m going to create a very simple project that exposes an oData data source , which isn’t available in Reporting Services natively ( yet . . ).  I’m using the good ol’ Northwind oData feed , but you could also use an oData feed you expose from a LightSwitch project, for example.

To do this, I’ll add a Data Flow Task to my SSIS project.


Double-click on the source to create a new connection to my oData source.  Click New and enter the information for the Northwind data feed –


Once that’s done, click OK and select the data collection to expose.  Since this is just an example, we’ll leave the Columns or Error Output tabs as is and hit OK to save this.


Now we can add the Data Streaming Destination item from the toolbox to the Data Flow Task


The wizard is pretty self-explanatory, but one thing to keep in mind is you need to have an SSIS Catalog already setup on your SQL Server instance.  Assuming you have that done, walk through the steps and deploy to your catalog in SQL Server.


Right-Click on the provider and select Properties.  Simply check the “Allow inprocess” option and click OK to save.


Head the Start Menu on your server and open the SQL Server 2016 Data Feed Publishing Wizard .  Here’s where you’ll enter the settings to select your SSIS package and the SQL database you want to publish it to.  You can name the SQL view whatever you’d like.  Hit Publish to execute the wizard and create the new view.


But does it work in Reporting Services?  Let’s give it a try – I’ll setup my shared data source as I would any other SQL Server data source in Reporting Services .


We’ll create a mobile report against the shared dataset.  There’s no issues doing this, and it recognizes all the columns properly from the oData source just like it was a SQL Server view.


Finally, I’ll publish the mobile report to the server and try running it in the Reporting Services web portal.  Success!


Keep in mind, the data connection could potentially be slow depending on the amount of data you’re accessing.

That’s it – you not only have a way to use an oData feed with Reporting Services now, but you have a way to use dozens of new data sources available from several third party providers .


Now this was a fun blog post to do.  Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!

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2 thoughts on “ How to use SSIS to enable oData and other data sources in SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services ”

This question may not be relevant to this article,

Can you set a SSRS 2016 reporting portal and use mobile reporting to pull data off SSAS cubes that reside in sql server 2008 R2 (i.e can i connect 2008 SSAS cube as a datasource with SSRS2016) with the same network/organization.

Thanks! in advance for any insight you may have.

Thanks Sameer Shetty Corning Inc.

Yes, that scenario should work just fine Sameer!

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NAV2013: using OData with SSRS (Reporting Services)

Hi all, probably you are familiar with NAV 2013 and that it is supporting OData services to provide data from NAV to other applications for example for business intelligence.

Reporting Services does not support Odata directly, but with a small workaround it is possible to create server based reporting services reports for NAV by using odata and get all the server based features which are not available by using RDLC (end user access who are not NAV user, subscriptions, additional controls, running in browser, etc.)

(This post will not describe how you are using visual studio to create great reports. If you need assistance for this and Microsoft Dynamics NAV take a look on this book or training video 257-ebook-nav-2009-inside.aspx – Videotraining Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009- Berichte mit Reporting Services )

This post will describe how you can use a OData feed from NAV with reporting services.

First of all you have to be familiar with the requirements when using Odata in Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013

Our goal is: Create a report based on Value Entries from NAV using Odata and („server based“) reporting services

Step 1 create a Odata service in NAV 2013

  • Open the NAV 2013 windows client
  • Navigate to right-corner and use the global search to find the web service page
  • 3. Create a new web service entry with page 5802 value entries

Step2 Check that odata service is running

  • Open the NAV 2013 Administration console
  • Check Odata services is enabled and service is running
  • Open a web browser and navigate to http://localhost:portnumber/ServerInstance/OData (sample : http://localhost:7048/DynamicsNAV70/OData )
  • Check the listed Odata services and look for your created entry „ValuesEntries“
  • Check that you are able to access it by enter the url into a new browser tab
  • http://localhost:7048/DynamicsNAV70/OData/ValueEntries

If you are able to access it, all prerequisites exists. Lets move forward by using it for reporting.

Step 3 create a report using SSRS  (Reporting Services)

  • Open Visual Studio and create a new report project
  • Add a new data source by using the solution explorer
  • Because SSRS does not support OData directly use the XML connection type and the url for the connection string (Note: Do not forget to set windows authentication)
  • Skip the „shared Dataset“ directory and go directly to the folder „reports“ (Of course you can work with shared datasets)
  • Select the Datasource and click Next
  • Before moving on designing the query, lets remember that Odata is not supported by SSRS. Because of this we have to use a short xml query to structure the odata feed into typically „fields“
  • Enter this query into the query string textbox
  • <Query>
  • <ElementPath IgnoreNamespaces="true">
  • feed{}/entry{}/content{}/properties   
  • </ElementPath>
  • </Query>
  • 11. Check the query before moving on by clicking on Query Builder and then run the result button
  • You should now see structured „NAV“ fields in you query and can move forward to create your report like any other reports in SSRS
  • Finalized NAV report based on NAV OData

NAV 2013 Rocks .!

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