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1216667 - Hyperlinks to files do not work when exported from Crystal Reports to PDF format


  • Hyperlink to files do not work.
  • Hyperlinks to files are removed in the PDF document.
  • Exporting report from Crystal Reports to PDF format that contains hyperlinks to files, does not export the hyperlinks.


  • Crystal Reports 2008
  • SAP Crystal Reports 2011
  • SAP Crystal Reports 2013

Reproducing the Issue

  1. In Crystal Reports, create a report on any data source.
  2. Add database fields or text objects on the report.
  3. Add a hyperlink to a file on a field or text object.
  4. Export the report to PDF Format.
  5. When opening the PDF document, the hyperlinks are not available.


  • PDF document can be viewed on any platform, and since there is no cross-platform representation of file hyperlinks in PDF format, the hyperlink to files are removed when exported to PDF Format.


  • This is by design, hyperlinks to files are not exported to PDF Format, and there is no workaround.


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Crystal Reports 2008 V0 ; Crystal Reports 2008 V1 ; SAP Crystal Reports 2011 ; SAP Crystal Reports 2013 ; SAP Crystal Reports XI R2