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Author's profile photo Olga Dolinskaja

ABAP Development Tools Tutorials – Learn how to use ABAP in Eclipse

Learn to use ABAP Development Tools effectively by stepping through the short video tutorials.
More ABAP in Eclipse Video Tutorials on ABAP Channel in YouTube.


Working with ABAP Projects


Creating ABAP Projects with the Project Explorer

Learn how to create your first ABAP project and handle system connection, even for different ABAP systems at the same time.


Adding New Objects to the ABAP Project

Learn how to add new development objects such as ABAP classes to an existing ABAP project.


Using the Outline View

Get familiar with the navigation capabilities of the Outline View. 


Editing ABAP Source Code


Multi-document Editor

Get an overview of the multi-document source code editor and navigation between the editor windows.


Using code completion and signature templates

Learn how to use code completion and signature templates.


Using predefined source code templates

Learn how to create and use predefined source code templates.


Formatting your source code

Learn how format your source code.


Version Management

Learn how to compare your ABAP development objects even from different systems.



Learn how to use refactoring capabilities for your source code.


Navigating and Finding Development Objects


Navigating ABAP Source Code

Learn how to navigate through your source code.


Searching for ABAP Development Objects

Learn how to carry out a system-wide search for ABAP development objects in your project.


Using Where-Used List

Learn how to take advantage of the Where-Used List.


Navigating to and from SAPGUI

Learn how to access the ABAP tools that are not (yet) supported by the ABAP Development Tools using integrated SAPGUI.


Quality Tools


Running ABAP Unit tests

Learn how to run ABAP Unit tests for your development objects.


Troubleshooting Tools


Getting ABAP Dumps as Feeds

Subscribe to ABAP Feeds to view ABAP runtime errors and short dumps.


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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      I' m really surprised about all the money SAP spends in reimplementing features already available in the ABAP Workbench into a new development environment. What' s the benefit of all this?

      I mean, why are development efforts not bundled and used to improve the toolset already available - or fix some annoying bugs in it? Who' s going to use this ADT in real-world projects?

      As I started my SAP career with Java-based development I watched all the new products being promoted agressively - Web Dynpro Java, Guided Procedures, NetWeaver Development Environment, Adobe Documents, ESA/eSOA, SAP Portal. Who talks about them any more?

      All customers who believed in the Brave New Java World and therefore bought that stuff together with lots of consulting spent a lot of money just to realize that their investments were not even half as future-proof as the ones made in ABAP-based technologies. WDJ gone, Guided Procedures gone, Portal in a rearguard battle  ...

      I believe that' s why in 2013 a good SAP Business Workflow Consultant will still be working to his/her capacity, while Developers playing around with NetWeaver stuff (BPM, BRM) will - after years - still work on POCs and build prototypes.

      Now, what' s left over of the Java gold rush is a lot of wasted budget and this ineffable Eclipse development environment, which obviously had to be reused somehow - so they now try it with ABAP and HANA.

      Cobbler, stick to your last. I don't think that guys responsible for IT budgets outside the SAP universum really appreciate any further experiments.

      Just my two cents, no diss intended!

      Author's profile photo Thomas Fiedler
      Thomas Fiedler


      the application development model will get more complex in future due to the challenges of the upcoming business applications. These new business applications are not build with pure old ABAP as it was in the past. Parts of these future business applications are build in the cloud via NetWeaver Cloud. The user interface of these applications will go more and more onto mobile devices and tablet PCs. The time consuming data retrieval especially for big amount of data willl move into our in memory database with HANA.

      To survive these challenges from a developer point of view it is of high value to have one harmonized development environment that supports the new application development model End to End. As we want to include all standard development tools available on the market (and not build all tools by our own) we decided to use the eclipse platform as the tools platform for the future application development scenario. 

      All aspects of the new development model are already available in eclipse like SAP UI5, Gateway, HANA Tools. Therefore it is quite natural to provide also an ABAP development perspective into eclipse. But we are not just copying the SE80 into eclipse. We also provide new tools in eclipse to increase development efficiency also for the pure ABAP development  usecase. This does not mean that we will remove the SE80. Within eclipse we have exactly the same server based development approach. The sources are stored in the same place as SE80 is doing. That means you can also work in parallel with SE80 and eclipse in the same system on the same development objects. Locking of objects, version management, activation, transport management and so on is exactly the same as in SE80. Simply spoken it is "just" a new modern GUI for the ABAP developer that integrates perfectly with all development tools coming from SAP and outside SAP.

      Kind Regards.,


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi, Thomas!

      Thank you very much for your detailed and well-founded reply. I.m.h.o. there is too much "in futuret there will be ..." in it.

      Taking a look into the recent past developments I am quite sure that not half of the technologies which are pushed right now will survive only the next 5 years (which is the maintenance period of NW 7 as far as I can remember).

      If you ask me, most of the SAP customers - at least the medium-sized companies here in Austria - are taking a very conservative approach when it comes to new technologies in the ERP department of IT. With their IT staff - or even external consulting - they are not able to follow every trend you announce in the areas of UI, database or application development.

      Especially UI and application development technologies have been a field of constant changes in SAPs strategic papers. Just have a look at the trend of the past 10 years or so:

      • UI technologies like IAC, BSP, WDJ, HTMLB, Portal development, JSF, Flex, WDA, UI5 and now mobile apps - just to name some;
      • Application development technologies like ABAP Objects (which I personally adore), Java EE, Guides Procedures, Composite Applications, Portal apps, a.s.o.

      There is neither the budget nor the time or even the interest to follow all the trends that occur in the slideware of key account maangers.

      Most customers simply try to depict their core processes in a couple of modules with IT fighting against the operating departments about what has to remain unchanged in a new ERP system so that their users can continue their work without any disruption.

      So don' t get me wrong: Í have also been a techie ever since I entered SAP business back in the days, but have been taught a lesson to take the most conservative approach whenever possible in many bigger and smaller rollout projects.

      Again just my 2 cents!

      Best Regards,


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      SAP lacks focus and can't stick to one thing and make it better. I am myself skeptical of UI5 and then node.js and all the noise.

      Author's profile photo Roberto Vacca
      Roberto Vacca



      What's your point of view today?



      Author's profile photo María Florencia Limongi Galdo
      María Florencia Limongi Galdo

      Really useful, thanks!

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      First of all thanks to Olga Dolinskaja. But I would also like to thank Thomas Wurcher and Thomas Fiedler for sharing their views as well. 🙂

      Author's profile photo Meet Mukeshkumar Vajaria
      Meet Mukeshkumar Vajaria

      How can I integrate SAPUI5 with ABAP Development for Eclipse?
      Please guide me...

      Author's profile photo Thomas Fiedler
      Thomas Fiedler

      Hi Meet,

      you find all the tools you need on the SAP tools update site:

      There is an excellent End2End Tutorial  from Bertram Ganz about the topic:

      Hope this helps.



      Author's profile photo Yuvaraj Shanmugam
      Yuvaraj Shanmugam

      Hello Olga,

      Thanks a lot for putting the blog together.
      It was very informative and helpful.

      But I still see something odd about using ABAP in eclipse.
      I just downloaded the Eclipse Neon 4.6 and did everything that is stated here.

      But some parts of the ABAP tools seem to appear different than how it is shown in this tutorial.

      Mostly the differences are not bad but there are some useful features missing in the version that I am using.

      For eg., when I try to create a new project, everywhere in the tutorial they seem to get the list of available systems in the environment. But I see only the below screen.

      I can still find out the details and add them here but for some systems I m getting an error saying ‘Partner cannot be reached’.

      This really happens only with the version that I am using. It is entirely possible to access the same SAP system using an ABAP perspective in HANA Studio.

      Do you think there is any update which might solve these problems?

      Yuvaraj S

      Author's profile photo Olga Dolinskaja
      Olga Dolinskaja
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Yuvaraj,

      to get the list of available SAP Systems you need to install SAPGUI in your computer: this is the prerequiste for using ABAP Development Tools in Eclipse. ADT "reads" the SAP systems from the saplogon.ini file.

      Apart from that please consider, that these video tutorials were built some time ago, therefore some screens look different in the last ADT releases. But the functionality is still the same. Sorry for this inconvenience.

      Kind Regards,

      Author's profile photo Yuvaraj Shanmugam
      Yuvaraj Shanmugam

      Hi Olga,

      Thanks for your reply.
      I understood now.

      I indeed had SAP GUI but the saplogon.ini was configured in a server.

      I copied it to the APPDATA folder and it works fine now.
      Thanks for the help.


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi all,

      Is there any link available on "how to implement a BADI" using Eclipse ADT.