What Is RPT File and How to Open and Convert It?
An RPT file is a report or output file created by Crystal Reports, a program used for business-oriented reporting. It can store data from multiple sources and different types of databases. RPT files may be interactive, giving users capabilities such as live filtering and sorting.
Have you ever learned about RPT file? Do you know how to open and convert this file? In this post, MiniTool introduces what RPT file is and also shows you how to open and convert RPT file. RPT file is, which programs can open one, and how to convert one to a different format like CSV, RTF, PDF, or HTML.
What Is an RPT File?
A file with the RPT file extension is most likely some kind of report file, but knowing how to open it depends on the program that’s using it since different applications might utilize reports with the .RPT suffix.
Users of the Crystal Reports application save project output files in the RPT format. Also commonly known as report files, these .rpt files contain specific project data entered by the user.
These specific pieces of information associated with a Crystal Reports project are gathered and initialized by the application when a user opens an RPT file, so as for the user to view and make edits or modifications to the output file using the functionalities provided by the Crystal Reports program.
The Crystal Reports application is classified as a data management and reporting software for business-oriented purposes. Some of the functionalities provided by this application include the ability to gather and store data from a wide variety of database sources in one RPT output project file, support for multiple database types, interactive sorting of saved pieces of data and filtering through the data contained in an RPT file.
These RPT files can then be viewed or opened using the application, and there is a version of this program called the Free Crystal Reports Viewer for this purpose, which is available in Mac and Microsoft Windows.
For example, some RPT files are Crystal Reports files made with the SAP Crystal Reports program. There might be data in these reports that originated from a variety of databases and is most likely fully sortable and interactive within the Crystal Reports software.
Another report file format that uses the RPT suffix is AccountEdge Report files made with the AccountEdge Pro software. These reports might have to do with anything from accounting and payroll to sales and inventory.
Other RPT files might just be plain text files that are accepted in a wide variety of reporting applications.
How to Open an RPT File
Now, let’s answer the second question that how to open and convert RPT file. Opening and converting RPT file depends on the program that is using this file because different applications might use reports with the .RPT suffix.
If you don’t use suitable software to open an RPT file on Windows 10, you will get a prompt that ‘How do you want to open this file? Windows 10 cannot open this file’.
Text-based RPT files can be opened with any text editor, like the Notepad program built-in to Windows. The free Notepad++ tool is another option, and there are plenty of others that work in a similar fashion.
However, remember that even if your RPT file doesn’t open with Crystal Reports or AccountEdgePro, it’s possible that it’s still not a text file and won’t work with a text viewer/editor.
How to Convert an RPT File
The AccountEdge Pro software is also able to convert RPT to PDF, as well as to HTML.
Another way to get your report file in the PDF format (regardless of the format it’s in) is to open it normally using the viewer or editor from above, and then “print” it to a PDF file. The way this works is that once the RPT file is open and ready to be printed, you can choose to save it to PDF to essentially convert the report to the much more popular PDF format.
Microsoft’s SQL Server Manager Studio might be able to convert an RPT file to CSV for use with Excel and other similar programs. This can be done in that program through the Query menu, and then Query Options > Results > Text. Change the Output format: option to Tab delimited, and then run the query with the Unicode Save with Encoding option to export the file.
You might have to then rename the *.RPT file to *.CSV to make it open with Excel. However, know that renaming a file like this is not how you actually convert it; it only works in this situation because the file extension might not have been renamed as it should have during the conversion. A file conversion tool is typically used to convert files between formats.
Save RPT file as OXPS file
If you are looking forward to convert .rpt file into .pdf file then, you will first need to create an OXPS file on your computer.
This can be done directly in Windows, without downloading any additional program or software.
So, open your RPT file with your standard application on your computer as usual.
There go to File > Print or just press Ctrl+P.
Choose ‘Microsoft XPS Document Writer’ as your printer.
Thereafter, simply choose ‘OK’ or ‘Print’.
Now, select a destination for your OXPS file and click on ‘Save’ button.
When done, proceed to convert OXPS file into a PDF file.
For this, go to aconvert.com, choose your file and select a Target Format.
Hit the ‘Convert Now’ button to start converting the file into PDF. When done, the file will be downloaded to your PC as PDF file.
Is Your File Still Not Opening?
Problems with an RPT file might be related to the simple fact that you don’t actually have an RPT file. Double-check the file extension and make sure it reads “.RPT” and not something similar. Similarly spelled file extensions most likely have nothing to do with each other and can’t usually work with the same software.
One example is the RPF file extension used for Grand Theft Auto Data files (used with that video game) and Rich Pixel Format graphic files. Those formats have nothing to do with reports and will not work with an RPT opener.
It’s also really easy to get file extensions confused when you’re dealing with RTP files, which belong to both the Gromacs Residue Topology Parameter and TurboTax Update file formats. As you can tell, RPT and RTP sound and look almost identical even though they’re not used with the same programs.
If your file doesn’t open with the suggestions from above, just read the file extension again to confirm that it does in fact say .RPT. If it doesn’t, research the file extension you do have to see which applications are used to create, open, edit, and convert it.
A WORD OF WARNING
Be careful not to rename the extension on .rpt files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.