ClickOnce with report viewer control

Installing SSRS Report Viewer component for Visual Studio 2017 (VS2017) using NUGET

For Visual Studio 2017, the SQL server reporting services, report viewer component, for web forms or windows forms has been put into a NuGet package. This means it can be installed into projects where it is required, with the added benefit of no longer needing a client report viewer runtime msi installer for the client, that previously was used to install the runtime report viewer components into the GAC.

To upgrade a solution from using the old report viewer component, open all the references nodes in the project tree, remove all the old .dll references to the original report viewer .dll files. Then install the NUGET package for the projects in the solutions within the solution that require it.

To install the NuGet package, Right click the project, select Manage NuGet Packages,

Select the Browse option and then search for “ReportViewerControl” as shown.


Take care to install the Windows Forms or Web Forms version as required and that it is the newer version, it is easy to click the wrong one as there are a few similar products in there.

This will pull down the required .dlls in to the project.

If you need the control in the visual control toolbox, then right click the toolbox area, select “choose items”, then in the .NET Framework Components Tab use the Browse button to browse to the control’s dll. This will be located in the “\packages\Microsoft.ReportingServices.ReportViewerControl.Winforms.140.1000.523\lib\net40” folder for the example where we installed the version shown above (note the version number). The packages folder is usually found with the solution or project files somewhere.  Select the file “Microsoft.ReportViewer.WinForms.dll” within that folder.

This will add the control to the toolbox.




I experienced some real problems after this when trying to deploy the application with the ReportViewer control via ClickOnce deployment.

On install of a non-developer machine, various errors occurred.

These were due to the “Microsoft.ReportViewer.Design.dll” library being referenced by the project. This meant the project then had visual studio dependencies introduced. Removing this file caused the application deployment to work again as expected.

"assembly Microsoft.VisualStudio.Text.Logic version be installed in the GAC"

The above was caused by the report viewer design dll being referenced by the project, causing a dependency that was picked up by the ClickOnce manifest generator.

Microsoft.VisualStudio.Text.Logic installed in teh Global Assembly Cache

Assembly Microsoft.VisualStudio.Diagnostics.Assert needs to be installed in the Global Assembly Cache


Unable to install or run the application. The application requires that assembly Microsoft.VisualStudio.Diagnostics.Assert Version be installed in the Global Assembly Cache (GAC) first.

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