SSRS action

Action is very powerful functionality of reporting services. Action redirect you to external report or within the same report you are working with. You can realize with this functionality lots of scenarios with your reporting solution.

  • Drill down actions
  • Link to external resources
  • Navigation within report
  • Linking reports
  • Interactive user actions
  • Etc.

Action functionality support most of SSRS components.

There are 3 type of actions supported by SSRS.

  • Go to report will be used in this post, you specify report you would like to redirect to and parameters you would like to transfer to that report and their values (it can be report item, parameter, expression)
    • You can use relative path definition for report ../parentpath/myreport or full path /reportserver/path/myreport
  • Go to bookmark this realize navigation within the report. You define to which bookmark report go to by clicking on the Action. Bookmark can be any report item within the Report. You specify it in Properties pane, bookmark section.
  • Go to url used to link with external resources. But you can refer Report Server URL too. See post

More info here


In this post I will use action to filter data with Region Code by click on textbox item of Region Code group.

Let’s modify Report dataset to get CountryRegionCode as key, that will be transferred to Region Code parameter.


@OrderDateKey INT , @OrderDateKey2 INT,
@CountryRegion VARCHAR(2),
@Province VARCHAR(MAX)

  ,SUM(FactInternetSales.SalesAmount) AS Sum_SalesAmount
  ,SUM(FactInternetSales.OrderQuantity) AS Sum_OrderQuantity
  INNER JOIN DimGeography
    ON DimCustomer.GeographyKey = DimGeography.GeographyKey
  INNER JOIN FactInternetSales
    ON DimCustomer.CustomerKey = FactInternetSales.CustomerKey
  JOIN dbo.SplitString(@Province,';') tmp ON tmp.Element  =DimGeography.StateProvinceCode
  FactInternetSales.OrderDateKey >= @OrderDateKey
  AND FactInternetSales.OrderDateKey <= @OrderDateKey2
  AND ISNULL(@CountryRegion ,DimGeography.CountryRegionCode )= DimGeography.CountryRegionCode

New report item was added to dataset.

Picture 1 – Dataset

Right click on Tablix textbox RegionCode.

Picture 2 – Action

Check Go to report item and put bellow mentioned expression to Specify a report: textbox.


The expression uses build in items, referencing the report by itself. Globals!ReportFolder.Value to get report path of recent report and Globals!ReportName.Vlaue to get recent report name. Advantage is that if we would change the name of the report or the location within ReportServer the Action link will not be corrupted.

In Parameter section lets define RegionCode parameter and select CountryRegionCode item from the Report Tablix. There is no need to define other parameters since they have its default values. In case the target report would not have default parameter values and the parameters will not support null or empty value, the target report will not be rendered by click on the Action item. It informs user that he should fill values to parameters first.

On the picture bellow you can see final settings of the Action properties.

TextBox Properties
Picture 3 – TextBox Properties

On the picture above you can see Omit button next to the Parameter definition. It allows you to define if the Parameter would be omitted or not.

Expression of Specify a report textbox, see picture bellow.

Picture 4 – Expression

Now let’s try our solution. By click on English Country Region Name, you filter dataset by the item you click on.

English Country Region Name
Picture 5 – English Country Region Name

Filtered data.

Filtered data
Picture 6 – Filtered data

See that value from Report Item was transferred to Parameter through Action.

Filtered Sales Report
Picture 7 – Filtered Sales Report

In next post I would prepare other scenarios that could be handled by Report Action. Stay tuned.

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