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Author's profile photo Anjan Paul

ABAP Workflow in Eclipse

Hi All, I am sharing my personal experience for create workflow from Newly integrated Eclipse Editor. As you know newly Eclipse ABAP editor has great feature for debugging and coding.  This document shows how you can create workflow in this Editor.

Prerequisite: You should install Eclipse Editor with ABAP feature. You must have latest GUI.


1. Open your Eclipse Editor.

2. Click on File -> New -> Other…


3. It will open a dialog for Repository Wizard.  Select ABAP Repository Object under ABAP list.


Click Next.

4. Here you have to select Workflow Template under Other list.


Click Next.

5. Put some Object Name and click on Finish


6. It will open Workflow Task editor same like GUI in the middle pane. Click on Maximize button, it will open in big dialog which is easily visible to use.


7. Then fill all the filed,  give workflow task name , workitem Text and  click on Save.


8. Create Transport Request and Save it.


9. Your Workflow task saved. Now click on Workflow Builder.


10.  It will open Workflow Builder.


11. Now add you step as your required. I just add Mail step.


12. Save and Activate the Workflow.


13.  You successfully created the workflow. Now for simple test click F8.


14.  Click Execute. It will execute the workflow and send mail to initiator , here it is you.

15. Then click on Business Workplace. It will open the inbox.


You will see mail . And testing successful.  Then click Restore for small pane.

16. Now you can see your Workflow template in the Left Panel.


That’s it.

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      Author's profile photo Suresh Subramanian
      Suresh Subramanian

      Thanks for providing exposure that workflows can be developed in Eclipse editor.

      Author's profile photo Anjan Paul
      Anjan Paul
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Suresh.

      Author's profile photo Konstantin Anikeev
      Konstantin Anikeev

      Nice article.

      But actually do not see any advantage of using eclipse here. It eats workplace, memory, cpu and etc., and still launches SWDD GUI Transaction.

      And of course you stil need to GUI installed, So why do not launch it directly?

      Author's profile photo Anjan Paul
      Anjan Paul
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Konstantin. To be frank, I am also feeling so. I did not find any advantage. May be in future we will find out something  .

      Author's profile photo Mattias Johansson
      Mattias Johansson

      One advantage I see is that you can still have tabs open with your Abap objects and can easily switch back and forth, without having to navigate through multiple windows.

      Author's profile photo Jocelyn Dart
      Jocelyn Dart

      Thanks for sharing. I think at this stage the advantage will simply be that someone who is using Eclipse for general ABAP or HANA or other development work can get to the workflow developer from here as well without having to open SAPLogon. It's early days.

      Author's profile photo Anjan Paul
      Anjan Paul
      Blog Post Author

      I completely agree with you. It's early days to decide on advantages of Eclipse in workflow

      Author's profile photo Jun Wu
      Jun Wu

      just embed the sap gui screen, right?

      seems meaningless

      Author's profile photo Anjan Paul
      Anjan Paul
      Blog Post Author

      Yes Jun ,as of now sap gui embed only. But let see in future, some advantage may be found

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thank you Anjan

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thanks for sharing...Good one...!!

      What about the debugging options ? how different it is ?

      Author's profile photo phanikumar yennamani
      phanikumar yennamani

      Thanks for sharing.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      That was nice information. I was expecting to see some Eclipse-only features, but it seems that there is none (yet?). Well, even this will be useful in a project in which development work will be done with Eclipse.



      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Anjan ,

      Very Good Document , Thanks for sharing .

      Regards ,

      Sandeep Chennoju