Editing SSRS Reports in Visual Studio

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In order to edit SSRS reports in Visual Studio, you will need SQL Server Data Tools installed. First, go to the Microsoft Download website and find the link to your Visual Studio version. For example, for Visual Studio 2012, go to:


Once downloaded, install the application:

Now, when you open Visual Studio, you will see new Business Intelligence options:

Create a new Report Server project. Right click Reports and add an existing item. Select an existing RDL file to add it to the project. Double click it to open it.

You will now be able to see and edit the report in Visual Studio.



Carl de Souza is a developer and architect focusing on Microsoft Dynamics 365, BI, Web, Cloud and Data Science.

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One Response to Editing SSRS Reports in Visual Studio

  1. what about the data sources. how do you integrate data from an external report server in the visual studio environment?

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