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Install the Stand-Alone and ClickOnce Version of Report Builder (Report Builder)


Applies To: SQL Server 2016 Preview

Report Builder is available in two versions: stand-alone and ClickOnce. The stand-alone version is installed on your computer by you or an administrator. The ClickOnce version is installed automatically with SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services (SSRS) and downloaded to your computer from Report Manager or a SharePoint site integrated with Reporting Services.

An administrator typically installs and configures Reporting Services, grants permission to use the ClickOnce version of Report Builder, and manages folders and permissions to reports, report parts, and shared datasets saved to the report server. For more information about Reporting Services administration, see Reporting Services Report Server (Native Mode) in SQL Server Books Online on msdn.microsoft.com.

ClickOnce Installation

The ClickOnce version of Report Builder is installed with SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services (SSRS). It is installed by both native and SharePoint integrated installations of SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services (SSRS).

ClickOnce is a Microsoft technology for deploying Windows applications. ClickOnce enables users to install and run a Windows application such as Report Builder by clicking a link on a web page. For more information about deploying ClickOnce applications, applying ClickOnce application security, or running ClickOnce applications in the Internet zone, see the "ClickOnce Deployment for Windows Forms Applications", "Security in Windows Forms Overview", or "Trusted Application Deployment Overview" articles on the Microsoft Developer Network Web site at www.microsoft.com/msdn.

The ClickOnce version of Report Builder is located on the report server, and installs on your computer when you click the Report Builder button in Report Manager or click the Report Builder Report option on the New Document menu in a SharePoint library.


If the New Document menu does not list the Report Builder Report, Report Builder Model, and Report Data Source options, their content types need to be added to the SharePoint library. For more information, see Add Report Server Content Types to a Library (Reporting Services in SharePoint Integrated Mode) in SQL Server Books Online on msdn.microsoft.com..

You can open Report Builder from Report Manager or a SharePoint library. For more information about opening Report Builder, see Start Report Builder (Report Builder).

Stand-Alone Installation

You can install the stand-alone version from the SQL Server 2016 feature pack on the Microsoft Download Center or a location such as public folder to which the ReportBuilder3_x86.msi, the Windows Installer Package for Report Builder, has been downloaded.

You can also perform a command line, stand-alone installation of Report Builder and provide arguments to customize the installation. In addition to the standard MSI intrinsic parameters, you can use the custom parameters that Report Builder provides: RBINSTALLDIR and REPORTSERVERURL. RBINSTALLDIR specifies the root installation folder for Report Builder. REPORTSERVERURL specifies the default report server that Report Builder uses to save reports on the server.

If you want a completely silent installation, with no user interface interaction at all, specify the /quiet option. By design, the quiet option flag suppresses installation errors. It is therefore recommended that you include the /l option, which specifies logging, when you use the quiet option.

An administrator can also use software such as Microsoft Systems Manager Server (SMS) to push the program to your computer. To learn how to use specific software to install Report Builder, consult the documentation for the software. For more information about SMS, go to the SMS site on www.microsoft.com.


Windows Vista and Windows 7 security features require elevated permissions to run command line operations and will prompt for permission to run the command line. The installation is not silent. To make the installation silent, you need to run the command line as an administrator.

System Requirements

Report Builder requires that the Microsoft .NET Framework version 3.5 is installed on the local computer. If the .NET Framework is not installed on the local computer when you install Report Builder, you will be prompted to install it before you can continue and complete the installation.

The .NET Framework 3.5 is free. You can download the .NET Framework 3.5 from the Microsoft Download Center.

You can install Report Builder on any Microsoft Windows operating system that supports the .NET Framework 3.5. For example, you can install Report Builder on Windows Vista or Windows 7.

It is recommended that the computers that will run Report Builder have 512 MB of RAM. However, depending on the complexity of reports you run, you might want less or more RAM.

To install Report Builder from the download site

  1. Go to the Microsoft Download Center and locate the Report Builder section of the Web page.

  2. Click X86 Package.

  3. In the File Download dialog box, click Run.

    System_CAPS_security Security Note

    Download only files from trusted sources.

  4. In the Internet Explorer dialog box, click Run.

    The Microsoft SQL Server Report Builder Wizard is launched.

    System_CAPS_security Security Note

    Run only files from trusted sources.

  5. On the Welcome to the Installation Wizard page, click Next.

  6. On the License Agreement page, read the agreement and then select the I accept the terms in the license agreement option. Click Next.

  7. Provide your personal name and company name. Click Next.

  8. On the Feature Selection page, optionally click Browse or Disk Cost. Click Next.

    • Click Browse to see the default location of Report Builder and update it.


      The default installation folder for Report Builder is <drive>Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server.

    • Click Disk Cost to learn how much disk space Report Builder consumes.


      If a volume does not have sufficient amount of free disk space, the volume is highlighted.

  9. On the Default Target Server page, optionally provide the URL to the target report server if it is different from the default. Click Next.


    If you plan to work with Report Builder when it is connected to a report server, it is convenient to provide the URL to the server at this time. However, you can also do this from the Options dialog box when you are working in Report Builder.

  10. Click Install to complete the installation of Report Builder.

To install Report Builder from a share

  1. Contact your administrator for the location of ReportBuilder3_x86.msi.msi that you run to install Report Builder on your local computer.

  2. Browse to locate the ReportBuilder3_x86.msi.msi, the Windows Installer Package (MSI) for Report Builder, and click it.

    The Microsoft SQL Server Report Builder Wizard is launched.

To install Report Builder from the command line

  1. Go to the Microsoft Download Center and locate the Report Builder section of the Web page.

  2. Click X86 Package, and then click Save.

  3. Optionally, browse to the location to save to, verify the Save as option is Windows Installer Package, and then click Save.

  4. On the Start menu, click Run.

  5. In the Open text box, type cmd.

  6. In the Command Prompt window, navigate to the folder where you saved ReportBuilder3_x86.msi.

  7. Type a command with the following format:

    msiexec/i ReportBuilder3_.msi /option [value] [/option [value]]

    The two options specific to installing Report Builder are: RBINSTALLDIR and REPORTSERVERURL. It not required that you include these arguments in the command line. The following is the baseline command:

    msiexec /i ReportBuilder3_x86.msi /quiet

  8. To run the command, press Enter.

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