Documentation Library

Search for information on Hornbill Documentation.


{{docApp.searchResultFilteredItems.length}} results for "{{docApp.currentResultsSearchText}}" in {{docApp.searchFilterBySpecificBookTitle}}

Have questions about this site?

What is this site?

  • This website is Hornbill's new product documentation website and is currently under development.
  • It is intended that all existing and future public-facing documentation we produce will be available to search, browse and share.
  • Hornbill's current documentation is available at Hornbill Wiki but over time this content will be migrated to this documentation site.
  • Please feel free to have a look around at any time.

Why has Hornbill created this site?

  • Hornbill's products have moved on considerably since we introduced it almost 10 years ago. At the time, the MediaWiki tool was sufficient, but we have outgrown it.
  • Our customers are more enterprise focused and more self-sufficient than ever before, so for 2023 and beyond we have established a new documentation platform and team to drive our documentation initiative forwards.
  • We are aiming to deprecate the use of Hornbill Wiki for most Hornbill related documentation.
  • We want to enable our growing partner network with product resources and information, documentation beyond our Wiki approach is required.
  • We could definitely do with some help, and may even pay for some! If you have domain knowledge and would like to help, please check out our Hornbill Docs Contributor Guide and contact the Hornbill docs team at

What will this site be good for?

  • Community contribution will be facilitated, encouraged, and most welcome.
  • High quality documentation, will be kept up to date as rapidly as our products evolve.
  • Real-time content search and discovery.
  • Articles organized into books, books into libraries, creating a more natural and logical structure to our documentation.
  • Legacy API documentation and various other documentation sources will all be consolidated into a single unified documentation system.
  • Documentation available in browser as well as printable/viewable as PDF on demand.
  • Personalized documentation experience, allowing dark/light mode, article subscriptions, social media sharing and other useful features.
  • Almost all publicly available documentation on will be open-source and available to fork on GitHub, allowing customers to derive their own custom documentation around Hornbill products should they wish to.

What is the timeline for this site?

  • We have taken the decision to publish and make available early, there is very little content at this time.
  • As and when we have completed/usable documentation, it will be published here.
  • We have a host of additional features we wish to add over time, so please watch this space.
  • We expect most of our existing documentation should be reviewed/migrated to over the coming months.
  • The documentation project will be ongoing, will continue to expand, evolve and improve day-by-day.

{{docApp.libraryHomeViewProduct.title ||}}


  1. {{book.title}}

{{group.title ||}}


  1. {{book.title}}



Reports are used to collect specific data for your reporting needs. The reports in Hornbill are a point in time, meaning that the data is accurate at the point when the report is run. These types of reports are best used for reporting on lists of data. There are various options with reports which will be explored in more detail below. Reports can be created in differnt formats and can be scheduled for distribution to documents in Document Manager or by email.

Report List

Each Hornbill application will have its own Report List. These can be accessed by browsing the Admin tool starting at Home -> Applications and then selecting the application that you with to report on. A Reports card will displayed if reporting is available for the app.

Tool Bar

  • Filter
    A filter allows you to located reports that you have already created.
  • Create New Report
    This option start the process of creating a new report
  • Delete Selected
    This option will only be available when one or more reports have been selected within the Report List

Creating and Editing a Report

By either selecting the Create New Report or by clicking on the name of an existing report from within your Report List, you are presented with the options to define your report.

Tool Bar

  • Save
    Once the name of the report has been entered within the Report Details, the save option will become available. For both new and existing reports, they must be saved before you can run the report.
    • Copy Report As
      This allows you to create a copy of this report and add it to your list of reports under a different name. This option is only available after the new report has been saved for the first time.
  • Run
    This starts a manual running of the report. The results of the Run are added to the Report History. This option will not be available when there are unsaved changes on a report. It will also not be available while a report generation is already running.
  • Download
    Download a definition file for the report. This allows you to share a report definition with another Hornbill instance. This option is only available after the new report has been saved for the first time.
  • Upload
    Upload a definition file for the report. This allows you to take a report that has been shared with you and upload it to your Hornbill instance. Uploading a definition file will overwrite any settings that you have previously set for that report, including the name.

Output Options

Reports are output by default in PDF format. In the Output Formats section you can also choose to output the report in the following additional formats

  • CSV
  • XLS
  • XLSX

When creating reports, the max row limit is set by default on instances to 1000, this can be increased to a maximum of 25000 rows using the following system setting (Home - System - Settings - Advanced):


The only exception to this is for the creation of PDF reports output, this is limited to the following max outputs:

  • reporting.display.maxcolumns = 20
  • reporting.display.maxrows=5000

If either of these limits are exceeded when trying to generate a PDF output, the PDF generation will fail. PDF reports can only be generated on in A4 format (either portrait or landscape). Because of this restriction, there could be a scenario where not all included columns will be visible in a PDF report, depending on the data contained in these columns. In this scenario, we can only advise reducing the number of columns or opting for a different output type.

Generation of CSV, XLS, XLSX adhere to the maximum row limit you have set on your instance under the following system setting: api.xmlmc.queryExec.maxResultsAllowed

Please also note that any hidden columns will only be excluded from the visual PDF output, with the data being included in the CSV, XLS and XLSX outputs. If you do not wish the data to be included in these output formats, the column should be removed from the report.

In This Document