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Overview of openDocument in SAP Business Objects XI 3.1

This is an attempt to provide an overview of openDocument  in SAP Business Objects  XI 3.1 . OpenDocument is used to open the report without locating the report. So if the openDocument URL is placed on a page, then user can click on it and can directly open the report. Following are the simple examples of openDocument URL:




http:// servername:8080/OpenDocument/opendoc/openDocument.jsp?sType=wid&iDocID=1579


Above URL are just sample URL and will not work in your environment unlsess you replace the servername, port , iDocID. Following are the more explanations about the same.


In both the examples, I am opening a web Intelligence report named “report1”. In the first example I have used the report name and in the second example I am using the ID of the report “report1”. Ampersand (&) is used to join the parameters (sType, iDocID are the parameters used in this example). In this example, 8080 is the tomcat port.  To prepare a openDocument URL in your environment you need to replace the following values wrt to your environment,


servername: BOE server name. If you have done the BOE installation in a distributed environment then provide the machine name in which your web application server is installed.


web application server port: in the above sample URL, replace 8080 with your web application server port.


sType: File type of the target document or report (please refer the below table)


iDocID: iDocID of the document. Report name can also be used instead of iDocID (as mentioned in the first example)


How to find the iDocID of a report?


Login to CMC -> Navigate to the report -> right click and open properties page. In the page you can find the label- ID, CUID. Value of ID is used as iDocID in the openDocument.


Following are the list of few important parameters and its descriptions:





Name of the document

Name of the document


Document ID

Document ID


The file type of target document or report

Example-  .rpt, .wid  (.rpt is used for crystal report and . wid is used for web Intelligence)


whether to refresh the report on open

Y  ,  N


whether the target report will open in the current browser window or whether a new window will be launched

Same , New


Specifies a value for a single prompt. [NAME] is the text of the prompt.

Hard coded value


Specifies a range of values for a prompt. [NAME] is the text of the prompt.

Hard coded value separated by semicolon


Indicates which specific instance of the target report to open.

User (Link to latest instance owned by current user)  

 Last (Link to latest instance for report)

Param (Link to latest instance of report with matching parameter values)


Indicates which specific part of the target report to open.

Name of the report part.

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