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1554236 - Memo Fields, Text Objects, Formula Fields, and SQL Expression Fields, truncated after 65,534 characters, in Crystal Reports


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  • In Crystal Reports, the content of Memo Fields, Text Objects, SQL Expression Fields, or Formula Fields is partially displayed and cut after 64k (65,534 characters )


  • SAP Crystal Reports 2008
  • SAP Crystal Reports 2011
  • SAP Crystal Reports 2013
  • SAP Crystal Reports 2016

Reproducing the Issue

  1. In Crystal Reports, create a report off any data source.
  2. Add a table that contains a database field that contains more than 65,534 characters.
  3. Add the Memo Fields to the report, and set the format option to "Can Grow".
  4. When previewing the report, notice the text is truncated.


  • This is normal behavior because the maximum number of characters the following objects can display in Crystal Reports is 65,534 characters:  
    • Memo Fields,
    • Formula Fields,
    • SQL Expression Fields, 
    • Text Objects


  • For Crystal Reports, a potential workaround to this limitation is to create a Stored Procedure that split long text fields at the database level to less then 65,534 characters each, then add each database fields separately on the report.  
  • SAP Crystal Reports for Enterprise is a Java application, and it does not have this limitation, therefore, Database Fields, Formula Fields and Text Objects can display more than 65,534 characters.
    Note: Database fields length may be limited to the middleware used to connect. For example, the ODBC driver used may have a limitation.


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