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Author's profile photo Virinchy Panangipalli

App Builder vs River RDE

Dear All,

There has been a great demand to develop Web Applications for Mobile and there are different Tools and IDEs  available for developers .

App Builder and River RDE are two different  Web IDE s offered from SAP to ease the development process of web applications for mobile underlying the UI5 libraries.

This blog mainly compares the different features available in each of them.

Features supported Appbuilder ( 1.0.1252 ) River RDE ( Beta )
Release Date November 2013 Sapphire Orlando 2014 , Beta
Pre Requisites

Node.js, JDK, cordova ,

Browser (Chrome /Safari )

Hana cloud account, Hana Cloud Connector and a Browser (Chrome/Safari)
Target Audience Developers Developers, Business Experts and Designers
Collaborative Development no yes
Runs On premise yes no
Mock Data support yes yes
OData consumption yes yes

Github integration

no yes
Rest integration yes no
EDMX no yes
Version maintenance no yes
SMP integration yes

supported in future

Cordova and Kapsel support yes supported in future
IOS yes yes
Android yes yes
Simulator yes yes
Develop Fiori like applications complex yes
Extending Fiori applications no yes
UI5 framework yes yes
CSS Styles yes yes
makit yes yes
Default templates Superlist , Charts , Tab Fiori
Default ui5 library sap.m sap.m
WYSIWYG yes yes
Theme Designer integration no supported in future
Price Free Free

Learn more about

App Builder

App Builder Tutorials

River RDE

River RDE Tutorials


This document is open for editing and community members can feel free to add /edit points as the product version changes.

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hello Virincy,

      This is exactly what I was looking for. Really helps!



      Author's profile photo Vivaldo Ferreira
      Vivaldo Ferreira

      Hello Virincy,

      Excellent blog about the differences between the two IDEs.

      Thanks for posting!


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Viru,

      Thanks for Sharing 🙂 the blog.

      Best Regards,

      Vamsi k.