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Portlet Example

This example shows how to deploy BIRT Report Engine in a portal. This is a basic example and shows how to deploy a BIRT report in a simple Apache Jetspeed-2 portlet. It is based on Servlet Example in BIRT Report Engine API Examples.

Web Application Setup

1. Create a directory webreport/WEB-INF/lib.

2. Copy all the jars in the birt-runtime-2_1_1/ReportEngine/lib directory from the Report Engine download into webreport/WEB-INF/lib directory.

3. Create a directory named platform in the WEB-INF folder.

4. Copy the birt-runtime-2_1_1/ReportEngine/plugins and birt-runtime-2_1_1/ReportEngine/configuration directories to the platform directory.

5. Copy iText.jar to the platform/plugins/com.lowagie.itext/lib directory. If the directory does not exist, create it.

6. Create directories Images and Reports in webreport folder.

Report Application

1. It consist of three files that are archived into webreport.jar. Copy the following three files to a folder.

  • BirtConfig.properties - Configuration properties for the Engine.
  • BirtEngine.java - Class used to initialize the Report Engine.
  • WebReport.java - The portlet that handles report generation.





import java.io.InputStream;
import java.io.IOException;
import java.util.Properties;
import java.util.logging.Level;

import org.eclipse.birt.report.engine.api.EngineConfig;
import org.eclipse.birt.report.engine.api.IReportEngine;
import javax.servlet.*;
import org.eclipse.birt.core.framework.PlatformServletContext;
import org.eclipse.birt.core.framework.IPlatformContext;
import  org.eclipse.birt.core.framework.Platform;
import org.eclipse.birt.core.exception.BirtException;
import org.eclipse.birt.report.engine.api.IReportEngineFactory;

public class BirtEngine {

 private static IReportEngine birtEngine = null;

 private static Properties configProps = new Properties();

 private final static String configFile = "BirtConfig.properties";

 public static synchronized void initBirtConfig() {

 public static synchronized IReportEngine getBirtEngine(ServletContext sc) {
  if (birtEngine == null) 
   EngineConfig config = new EngineConfig();
   if( configProps != null){
    String logLevel = configProps.getProperty("logLevel");
    Level level = Level.OFF;
    if ("SEVERE".equalsIgnoreCase(logLevel)) 
     level = Level.SEVERE;
    } else if ("WARNING".equalsIgnoreCase(logLevel))
     level = Level.WARNING;
    } else if ("INFO".equalsIgnoreCase(logLevel)) 
     level = Level.INFO;
    } else if ("CONFIG".equalsIgnoreCase(logLevel))
     level = Level.CONFIG;
    } else if ("FINE".equalsIgnoreCase(logLevel)) 
     level = Level.FINE;
    } else if ("FINER".equalsIgnoreCase(logLevel)) 
     level = Level.FINER;
    } else if ("FINEST".equalsIgnoreCase(logLevel)) 
     level = Level.FINEST;
    } else if ("OFF".equalsIgnoreCase(logLevel)) 
     level = Level.OFF;

    config.setLogConfig(configProps.getProperty("logDirectory"), level);

 IPlatformContext context = new PlatformServletContext( sc );
 config.setPlatformContext( context );

  Platform.startup( config );
 catch ( BirtException e )
  e.printStackTrace( );

 IReportEngineFactory factory = (IReportEngineFactory) Platform
 .createFactoryObject( IReportEngineFactory.EXTENSION_REPORT_ENGINE_FACTORY );
 birtEngine = factory.createReportEngine( config );

return birtEngine;

public static synchronized void destroyBirtEngine() {
if (birtEngine == null) {
birtEngine = null;

public Object clone() throws CloneNotSupportedException {
 throw new CloneNotSupportedException();

private static void loadEngineProps() {
try {
 //Config File must be in classpath
 ClassLoader cl = Thread.currentThread ().getContextClassLoader();
 InputStream in = null;
 in = cl.getResourceAsStream (configFile);

} catch (IOException e) {




import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.logging.Level;
import java.util.logging.Logger;

import javax.servlet.ServletContext;
import org.apache.pluto.core.impl.PortletContextImpl;

import org.eclipse.birt.report.engine.api.EngineConstants;
import org.eclipse.birt.report.engine.api.HTMLRenderContext;
import org.eclipse.birt.report.engine.api.HTMLRenderOption;
import org.eclipse.birt.report.engine.api.IReportRunnable;
import org.eclipse.birt.report.engine.api.IRunAndRenderTask;
import org.eclipse.birt.report.engine.api.IReportEngine;

public class WebReport extends javax.portlet.GenericPortlet {

private static final long serialVersionUID = 1L;
* Constructor of the object.
private IReportEngine birtReportEngine = null;
protected static Logger logger = Logger.getLogger( "org.eclipse.birt" );

public WebReport() {

* Destruction of the portlet.
public void destroy() {

public void doView(javax.portlet.RenderRequest req, javax.portlet.RenderResponse resp)
               throws javax.portlet.PortletException, java.io.IOException {

   // Name of your report
   String reportName = "simple_report.rptdesign";
   ServletContext sc = ((PortletContextImpl)req.getPortletSession().getPortletContext()).getServletContext();
  this.birtReportEngine = BirtEngine.getBirtEngine(sc);

   //setup image directory
   HTMLRenderContext renderContext = new HTMLRenderContext();

   logger.log( Level.FINE, "image directory " + sc.getRealPath("/images"));
   System.out.println("stdout image directory " + sc.getRealPath("/images"));

   HashMap contextMap = new HashMap();
   contextMap.put( EngineConstants.APPCONTEXT_HTML_RENDER_CONTEXT, renderContext );

   IReportRunnable design;
    //Open report design
    design = birtReportEngine.openReportDesign( sc.getRealPath("/Reports")+"/"+reportName );
    //create task to run and render report
    IRunAndRenderTask task = birtReportEngine.createRunAndRenderTask( design );
    task.setAppContext( contextMap );

    //set output options
    HTMLRenderOption options = new HTMLRenderOption();

    //run report
   }catch (Exception e){

    throw new javax.portlet.PortletException( e );

* Initialization of the portlet.
* @throws PortletException if an error occure
public void init() throws javax.portlet.PortletException {


2. Copy a report design file (e.g simple_report.rptdesign) to webreport/Reports directory. This is the report which will be deployed as a portlet. It can be an example report or any report designed previously. Make sure any dependent jar files (e.g driver jars) required by the report are copied to webreport/WEB-INF/lib. This report design file is referred in WebReport.java in the following line:

String reportName = "simple_report.rptdesign";

If using a report file with different name, modify WebReport.java accordingly.

3. Build the java classes. To build, add the following to the build path:

  • All jars from birt-runtime-2_1_1/ReportEngine/lib
  • portlet-api-1.0.jar and pluto-1.0.1.jar from $JETSPEED_HOME/shared/lib, where $JETSPEED_HOME is the directory where Jetspeed is installed.
  • servlet.jar from the Tomcat Eclipse plug-in

4. Archive the .class files and BirtConfig.properties into webreport.jar.

5. Copy webreport.jar to webreport/WEB-INF/lib directory.

Deployment descriptors

1. Create the file portlet.xml in webreport/WEB-INF directory.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<portlet-app id="webreport" version="1.0">
 <portlet id="WebReport">
   <display-name>Simple portal displaying a BIRT report</display-name>
     <title>BIRT report</title>
     <short-title>BIRT report in a portal</short-title>

2. Create the file web.xml in webreport/WEB-INF directory.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE web-app PUBLIC "-//Sun Microsystems, Inc.//DTD Web Application 2.3//EN" "http://java.sun.com/dtd/web-app_2_3.dtd">
 <description>BIRT report in a portal</description>


1. Create the WAR file. From the directory WebReport combine the files into a war file using the command: jar cvf ../webreport.war .

2. Deploy the WAR file. Copy the war file to $JETSPEED_HOME/webapps/jetspeed/WEB-INF/deploy. Jetspeed-2 will deploy the webapp.

3. Create a PSML file, webreport.psml, and copy it to the $JETSPEED_HOME/webapps/jetspeed/WEB-INF/pages directory of your Jetspeed Portal.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> 
 <title>The simplest portlet in the world</title>
 <metadata name="title" xml:lang="fr">La plus simple portlet du monde</metadata>

 <fragment id="webreport" type="layout" name="jetspeed-layouts::VelocityTwoColumns">
   <fragment id="webreport-1" type="portlet" name="webreport::WebReport">
     <property layout="TwoColumns" name="row" value="0" />
     <property layout="TwoColumns" name="column" value="0" />


4. Test the portlet using http://localhost:8080/jetspeed/portal/webreport.psml in a browser.


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