1.2. What is JasperReports ?

JasperReports is a popular open-source reporting engine whose main purpose is to help creating page oriented, ready to print documents in a simple and flexible manner. JasperReports is written in 100% Java and can be embedded in any Java application. JasperReports has the ability to deliver rich content in various formats such as PDF, HTML, XLS, CSV, XML files, or directly on the screen or printer.

JasperReports is distributed under two licenses, an Apache-style license and the LGPL license. Due to its flexible licensing, JasperReports is the perfect candidate to complete the reporting features for any commercial or open-source application.

JasperReports official home page is http://jasperreports.sourceforge.net.