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JavaColes notes of this article. If you are not an Eclipse user and would like to use the Crystal Reports Java Runtime Engine download it here.

This post comes from feedback by some people that I received at EclipseCon this year and while trolling through the forums. In the past java developers who wished to embed Crystal Reports inside of Java applications would either use a copy Crystal Reports Developer that they had purchased or they would use Crystal Reports which was OEMed with one of the leading Java IDEs. Each one of these options provided the developer with a copy of the Java Reporting Component (JRC) which is the Java runtime engine for Crystal Reports.

More recently the JRC has been made available via Crystal Reports for Eclipse and as of this writing is not available with full Crystal Reports 2008 product.

What if you don’t use Eclipse or other Java IDE tools that have Crystal Reports bundled? Do you still have access to bundling the JRC inside your Java applications?

The answer to this question lies in understanding what Crystal Reports for Eclipse is. Crystal Reports for Eclipse is:

  • Crystal Reports Designer tool
  • Wizards that make embedding Crystal Reports into web applications easier
  • Crystal Report Runtime Engine (Java Reporting Component – JRC)

To make life easier for those Java developers who aren’t using Eclipse as their IDE we have extracted the JRC into a separate download for those who just want the runtime files.

Download it here.

You will need to have a separate report design tool to create your reports, but many corporations have numerous copies of Crystal Reports so that isn’t a problem for many of you. Keep in mind this runtime engine does not support reports written with Crystal Reports 2008. An update to the runtime engine to support Crystal Reports 2008 reports will be available later in the year.

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  1. Allen Oliver
    Is there any information on when a CR 2008 compatible version of the JRC going to be available? Beyond your statement in this blog and some cursory mentions as JRC 12 in the forums. There is no mention of SAP’s support for this. I have an application I would love to upgrade to take advantage of the new features of CR 2008 but right now I am in the dark as what SAP’s intentions are for the JRC.
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