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How to create attachment for your business object via code

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I create a utility class with method CREATE_DOC. It has following four input parameters:
  • iv_data type xstring – the binary data which you would like to store as attachment
  • iv_bor_type type string – the BOR type of your business object. You can view view business object model in tcode SWO1
  • iv_guid type raw16 – the guid of your business object instance
  • iv_file_name type string – the file name which will appear in attachment assignment block.
The source code of method below: ( in fact all attributes for an attachment could be available in the input parameters of this method. For simplicity reason I
just hard code them in the sample code )
DATA:ls_bo              TYPE sibflporb,
         ls_prop            TYPE LINE OF sdokproptys,
         lt_prop            TYPE sdokproptys,
         lt_properties_attr TYPE crmt_attr_name_value_t,
         ls_file_info       TYPE sdokfilaci,
         lt_file_info       TYPE sdokfilacis,
         lt_file_content    TYPE sdokcntbins,
         lv_length          TYPE i,
         lv_file_xstring    TYPE xstring,
         ls_loio            TYPE skwf_io,
         ls_phio            TYPE skwf_io,
         ls_error           TYPE skwf_error.
    ls_prop-name = 'DESCRIPTION'.
    ls_prop-value = 'created by Tool'. " replace it with your own description for attachment
    APPEND ls_prop TO lt_prop.
    ls_prop-name = 'KW_RELATIVE_URL'.
    ls_prop-value = iv_file_name. " in the sample code I just reuse file name as relative url
    APPEND ls_prop TO lt_prop.
    ls_prop-name = 'LANGUAGE'.
    ls_prop-value = sy-langu.
    APPEND ls_prop TO lt_prop.
    lv_file_xstring = iv_data.
        buffer        = lv_file_xstring
        output_length = lv_length
        binary_tab    = lt_file_content.
    ls_file_info-binary_flg = 'X'.
    ls_file_info-file_name = iv_file_name.
    ls_file_info-file_size = lv_length.
    ls_file_info-mimetype = 'image/jpeg'. "use the correct mime type for your attachment
    APPEND ls_file_info TO lt_file_info.
    ls_bo-INSTID = iv_guid.
    ls_bo-typeid = iv_bor_type.
    ls_bo-catid = 'BO'.
    CALL METHOD cl_crm_documents=>create_with_table
        business_object     = ls_bo
        properties          = lt_prop
        properties_attr     = lt_properties_attr
        file_access_info    = lt_file_info
        file_content_binary = lt_file_content
        raw_mode            = 'X'
        loio                = ls_loio
        phio                = ls_phio
        error               = ls_error. " evaluate if there is anything wrong during creation

I write a piece of code to test it. After report runs I could see the generated attachment.
You can also test whether the attachment is created successfully in the backend. Test class method get_info in SE24.
Specify importing parameter BUSINESS_OBJECT:
Execute and you should get result as below: one physical object and one logical object according to how-is-attachment-physically-stored-in-database-table-in-cm-framework.
Never forget to call COMMIT WORK in your code, since the persistence of the relationship between attachment and your business object are implemented via generic object service in a update process.You could easily find this via SAT trace on your code
or switch on update debugging in your debugger settings.

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      Author's profile photo B.Chella Pandian
      B.Chella Pandian

      Hi Jerry,

      In My requirement I need to attach a MS word file (.docx) which is available in the Application server to a one One order.

      I have the Application server File path with me. Now I need to attach that file to the Quotation order.

      Can please advise me how to proceed.



      Author's profile photo B.Chella Pandian
      B.Chella Pandian

      Attach a file form Application server to One order. Same solution as above.

        DATA :

        lv_fname TYPE  string,

        lv_filename TYPE  string,

        lin TYPE i,

        lv_extn TYPE  string,

        lv_mimetype TYPE  w3conttype,

        lt_properties TYPE sdokproptys,

        ls_properties LIKE LINE OF lt_properties,

        lt_file_access_info    TYPE sdokfilacis,

        ls_file_access_info LIKE LINE OF lt_file_access_info,

        lt_file_content_binary TYPE sdokcntbins,

        ls_file_content_binary LIKE LINE OF lt_file_content_binary.

        DATA: ls_bor TYPE sibflporb,

        lv_loio TYPE skwf_io,

        lv_phio TYPE skwf_io,

        lv_error TYPE skwf_error.

        DATA : v_file TYPE string,

             lv_msg TYPE string.

        DATA: result_tab TYPE STANDARD TABLE OF string.

        v_file = '/tmp/sapinst/dbclient.lst'.

        SPLIT v_file AT '/' INTO TABLE result_tab.

        DESCRIBE TABLE result_tab LINES lin.

        READ TABLE result_tab INDEX lin INTO lv_filename.


      *      read the file from the application server



        IF sy-subrc NE 0.



          WHILE ( sy-subrc EQ 0 ).

            READ DATASET v_file INTO ls_file_content_binary.

            IF NOT ls_file_content_binary IS INITIAL.

              APPEND ls_file_content_binary TO lt_file_content_binary.


            CLEAR ls_file_content_binary.



        CLOSE DATASET v_file.

        MOVE: 'BUS2000115' TO ls_bor-typeid,

              'BO' TO ls_bor-catid,

              '0026B98B6AD11ED4B6AC5E61242D9CFE' TO ls_bor-instid.



            iv_path      = v_file


            ev_filename  = lv_fname

            ev_extension = lv_extn

            ev_mimetype  = lv_mimetype.

        DESCRIBE TABLE lt_file_content_binary.

        ls_file_access_info-file_size  = sy-tfill * sy-tleng.

        ls_file_access_info-binary_flg = 'X'.

        ls_file_access_info-first_line = 1.

        ls_file_access_info-file_name  = v_file. "FILE path ON al11.

        ls_file_access_info-mimetype   = lv_mimetype.

        ls_file_access_info-property   = lv_extn.

        APPEND ls_file_access_info TO lt_file_access_info.

        ls_properties-name = 'KW_RELATIVE_URL'.

        ls_properties-value = lv_filename. " E.g.: EXCEL.xlsx

        APPEND ls_properties TO lt_properties.

        ls_properties-name = 'DESCRIPTION'.

        ls_properties-value = lv_filename. "E.g.: Excel file

        APPEND ls_properties TO lt_properties.

        ls_properties-name = 'LANGUAGE'.

        ls_properties-value = 'EN'. " E.g.: ‘EN’.

        APPEND ls_properties TO lt_properties.

        CALL METHOD cl_crm_documents=>create_with_table


            business_object     = ls_bor    " Local Persistent Object Reference - BOR-Compatible

            properties          = lt_properties    " SDOK: Object Attribute, Name and Feature

            file_access_info    = lt_file_access_info    " SDOK: Entries for Document Contents in Internal Tables

            file_content_binary = lt_file_content_binary    " SDOK: Line of Binary Document Content for WWW Server

            raw_mode            = 'X'    " KW Framework: Boolean Flag ('X' Active, ' ' Deleted)


            loio                = lv_loio

            phio                = lv_phio

            error               = lv_error.

      Author's profile photo Alex Zhao
      Alex Zhao

      Hi jerry,I am looking to receive attachment information that types URL from third parties and update webui from CRM system with RFC, we need to download the attachment from URL to prevent URLs from being closed.

      Could you advise me some ways?

      Thanks and regards,