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Arabic text is not displaying when exporting pdf using jasper reports 5.6 library


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After googling a lot I found somewhere that the arabic text is working in pdf if we set following attribute-:





These attributes can be set in using jasperSoft Studio or by Java code. I have tried both but it throws following error:-

net.sf.jasperreports.engine.JRRuntimeException: Could not load the following font :

pdfFontName : Arial

pdfEncoding : Identity-H

isPdfEmbedded : true


This works fine when I am using Helvetica/Courier/Times-Roman as the pdfFontName. Thus I am suspecting that the libraries are not getting Arial font

wherever it is looking for pdfFontName. Where should I provide the arial font to make it work. Any help will be appreciated.



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After all workarounds, i am able to fix this issue in Jasper ireport as follows

In Text Properties of jrxml:

Font Name : Arial

Pdf Font Name : ../arial.ttf

Pdf Embedded : true

Pdf Encoding : Identity-H


In your Project META-INF folder

Create and Add reports folder containing arial.ttf files and font.xml

Outside META-INF folder, add jasper-extensions.properties file

So finally,  

jasper-extensions.properties --- Uses --- fonts.xml --- Uses --- true type font files   

jasper-extensions.properties file --> fonts.xml ---> arial.ttf 

The syntactical contents of


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>


<fontFamily name="Arial">








jasper-extensions.properties :





Satish M Hiremath

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I got Success by using the following steps.

Used Tool to modify the jrxml file : -  IReport Viewer 5.6

Change the Font type to the Arial of the field which is required.

Change the Encoding property of the filed to - Identity-H (Characters which needs more than 25 bits need this like Arabic which the letters are almost images)

That's It,

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