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Two Interactive Reports on one Page

Within APEX you normally can't define two Interactive Reports on the same page. But sometimes you do need that kind of solution. You can use Ajax to get the data into your form, but using an IFrame seems a more elegant way. There are some drawbacks using IFrame but (as Johan Cruijff used to say) "every advantage has it's disadvantage".

But this is how it works using an IFrame:
1. Create a page (ex. 24) with an Interactive Report on DEMO_ORDER_ITEMS - set the Page Template to 'Printer Friendly' to get rid of the regular header and footer stuff.
2. Create a page (ex. 23) with an Interactive Report on DEMO_ORDERS
3. On page 23 create an HTML Region with as Region Source:

<IFRAME src="f?p=&APP_ID.:24:&SESSION."
scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0"
frameborder="0" vspace="0" hspace="0" />
4. Set the Link Column attributes of the Interactive Report on DEMO_ORDERS to:
- Link Column : Custom Target
- Link Attributes : target="details" (that's the name of the IFRAME)
- Target Page : 24
- Clear Cache : 24,RIR (will clear the IR cache on Page 24)
- Item 1 : IR_ORDER_ID as the Name, #ORDER_ID# as the Value (will set ORDER_ID as Search Item.
Now if you click on the Column Link on the left IR, the right IR gets synchronized. Isn't that cool?
See the live example on


Stew said…
Oh that is just *too slick* for words!

Very nice!
As always, good work!!!

BTW, I love the Mac style menu that you are using, I already started using them in couple of my sites.

Tobias Arnhold said…
Hi Roel,

would it be OK for you, if I would use your example on my ExtJS example application? Just to show how you could use several interactive reports in one page with APEX and ExtJS layout.
aarushi said…
Hi Roel,

Thanks for the suggestions.
It works great.

Karriem said…
How do you deal with it putting the wrong Edit Links at the bottom of the page? It puts the edit links for the iframe target...not the actual enclosing page...
Roel said…
@Karriem: I don't deal with that. The end user won't see it (because he doesn't see those links at all). So it is just of (little) annoyance to the Developer...
Anonymous said…
Does this still work as expected in 4.0? Had it working like a champ in 3.2 but 4.0 is giving a "gReport is not defined error"
Roel said…
The example is (still) working on - and that's version 4.0.x, so I guess your problem is elsewhere...
Anonymous said…
While the updating the 2nd report through the link DOES still work on the site, the controls on the first report DO N OT seem to. I'm looking at the one you have on

I've tested from several different machines now to make sure it isn't just my system.

Just wanted to let you know. Your posts are always quite helpful.
Kumar said…
The None of buttons on left side Orders Report doesn't work even Search functionality, is there any solution?
Roel said…
You could try it with both reports in their own iframe - in the example only the right one is in an iframe. Maybe that'll help.
Alam said…
Nice tutorial, thank you!

If anyone have problem with browser throwing "Refused to display document because display forbidden by X-Frame-Options." check here:

Check the browser security on the shared components section.
Dave Hendriks said…
Hi Roel,

when i try this in Apex 4.1 it starts the page (23), but then it immediately redirects to page 24. So i see page 23 for a second and then it only shows page 24 in what seems it's own page, instead of part of age 23. Any ideas what i'm doing wrong?

Kind regards,
Roel Hartman said…
Sure you're using the IFRAME tags correctly? Look at the source of the page on (works again) and check that with your own source...
Anonymous said…

But using this technique, after I made a region with an iframe, nothing from the searchebar works.

How can I solve this issue?

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