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The XML Template and the Advanced Report Writer are two options available for generating SAP2000 output reports. Both of these options, available through the File menu, are described as follows:

XML Template

The XML Template provides a newer, more straightforward method for generating output reports.

Advanced Report Writer

The Advanced Report Writer is the original, more powerful yet elaborate method for generating output reports.

Report Format File

The Report Format File, which controls the information displayed in individual report tables, may be attached for both XML-based reports and those created using the Advanced Report Writer.

The default format file, SapDefaultFormatFile.fmt, may be manually edited, though we recommend editing a copy of the file. This file is available through Options > Database > Edit Format File, and is located in the SAP2000 user-settings folder, typically C:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\Local Settings\Application Data\Computers and Structures\. Some folders may be hidden.


  • Report content and formatting is contained within the format file.
  • The format file may be edited through Options > Database > Edit Format File.

See Also


  • Report Contents XML File - available within the Manuals directory of SAP2000 installation