YouTube: iReport for NetBeans IDE 7.4

A few days ago the iReport Team announced the new 5.5.0 iReport release. With it comes the latest iReport plugin for NetBeans IDE 7.4. The NetBeans iReport plugin is by FAR the most downloaded plugin on the NetBeans Plugin Portal. Here's a direct link to it:

I installed the plugin into NetBeans IDE 7.4 today and made this small (and silent) movie of the main cool features I found. Sorry it's a bit blurry, comes from conversion from MPEG to AVI.

Many thanks to Giulio Toffoli from Jaspersoft for continually enhancing the plugin from release to release, it's really awesome, provides a massive bunch of reporting features, fully justifying the popularity of this plugin.

Some documents, more or less up to date, that should help, after following the screencast above:

Also, note that YouTube is pretty much flooded with movies on NetBeans and iReport:


Dear Geertjan,

Is written on the web site that the will stop to improve this application and continue with the version under Eclipse : Jasper Studio.

Is just because the want to avoid duplicate development of the same tool or is something related to Netbeans Platform?

Posted by Stanyslas Matayo on November 02, 2013 at 01:45 AM PDT #

No, the NetBeans plugin will continue to be maintained. You'll continue to see updates to the NetBeans plugin for iReport. Indeed, the NetBeans Platform based iReport application isn't being developed anymore, because the plugin for NetBeans IDE provides the same features.

Posted by Geertjan on November 02, 2013 at 05:24 AM PDT #

Hi Stanyslas,

The decision to move to the Eclipse platform has nothing to do with technology,
NetBeans is a great platform, and definitively my favorite IDE. The current
version of the iReport plugin and JasperReports satisfies 99% of regular
reporting needs, the improvements we are working on on JasperReports will still
work with the plugin, even if for some of them in the future we may not provide
a full UI, and anyway they will mostly be advanced things more relevant in the
BI (Business Intelligence) and interactivity world.

Posted by Giulio Toffoli, JasperSoft on November 04, 2013 at 07:56 AM PST #

Hello Geertjan, greetings from Serbia !
Could you help me please with information, how to disable html generation of Jasper report after preview ? Well, after previewing report, NB generates package with sufix .html, and inside in it, bunch of little images, then, default web browser is started, and it displays html version of jasper report !!!
I would like to disable it,because,it's really annoying and time consuming.
Thanks in advance !

Posted by Dobri on November 18, 2013 at 01:06 PM PST #

excuse me, can you help me to find some website or useful documentation to load a .jasper file from a JButton, I have the code, but I don't know where to find the correct .jars or library. Thank you

Posted by guest on December 06, 2013 at 11:38 AM PST #

Giulio Toffoli, can I do a fork of iReport, at least the NB plugin, to provice some features that I want to, for example autocomplete of resource bundles?
Will I have copyright or licence problems?
Why iReport doesn't have a project in github?
iReport is great if JasperSoft doesn't want to mantain it many users could take that effort.

Posted by Nestor Hernandez on April 03, 2014 at 09:51 AM PDT #

Hi, I have installed on netbeans 7.4 the iReport plugin 5.5.0 downloaded from netbean plugin portal.

No error appear during install. Wizard to create new report was added. After create new report through the wizard the source editor open xml code but preview and designer button missing from the toolbar. The Palette show with generic icon. what's wrong?

Please help me

Posted by guest on January 03, 2015 at 12:03 PM PST #

Same case with guest his/her post on january 03 2015 at 12.30PM..
How can we solve it? Please help us! ;)

Posted by Digha on May 27, 2015 at 08:47 AM PDT #

How to disable HTML preview in Netbeans iReport plugin?
Disable from menu:

Preview / Layered HTML Preview.

Posted by guest on September 14, 2015 at 03:07 AM PDT #

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Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) is a Principal Product Manager in the Oracle Developer Tools group living & working in Amsterdam. He is a Java technology enthusiast, evangelist, trainer, speaker, and writer. He blogs here daily.

The focus of this blog is mostly on NetBeans (a development tool primarily for Java programmers), with an occasional reference to NetBeans, and sometimes diverging to topics relating to NetBeans. And then there are days when NetBeans is mentioned, just for a change.


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