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1633338 - Crystal Reports Is Not Meant To Be a Data Extraction Tool


  • Large report to be exported to Excel or CSV
  • Memory Error
  • 'Garbage' data shown

Reproducing the Issue

  • Create a Crystal Report that has the potential to show detailed lines for millions of records
  • Run the report for a limited range of records, say for example, under 2GB of data, and it runs and exports fine
  • Run the report for an unlimited range of records, say for example, the entire table of information, (2GB+), and there is a memory error, or the data shown in the report is returned as 'garbage' characters


  • Crystal Reports is not meant to be a data extraction, or data transformation tool (ETL)
  • Crystal Reports was designed to be a report formatting tool, for analyzing small, to medium sized data sets



If you would like a 'data dump', or to transfer a large amount of data to another location, have your database administrator use a database ETL process, such as a .csv export and import.


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