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Adding background images to Fiori tiles

I recently got a requirement to have an image added to Fiori tiles as background, and below is the way by which I achieved it.

Below would be the final output as per my technique.


Step 1: Go to transaction /UI5/THEME_DESIGNER in your gateway server. This will open up the UI5 theme designer in your browser.

Step 2: Now select any one standard theme and choose “Open”. This would create a base theme of the chosen std. theme upon which you can make your changes


Step 3: In the next screen you can give your Launchpad link and a name in this page and click add.


Step 4: Now you will have different option to customize this theme by choosing different options in the right side panel. For our requirement, we are going to assign different backgrounds to Track Shipment and Track Sales order App.


Step 5: Now to know the specific internal ID which differentiates each Fiori app, right click on your application and choose inspect element


Step 6: Here the highlighted CSS attribute <data-targeturl=”#SalesOrder-track”> can be considered as unique per application. Here “data-targeturl” is the parameter and #SalesOrder-track” is its value.


Step 7: After fetching the unique parameter, use it in your CSS to assign the image for that particular tile using below sample css code

[data-targeturl = “#SalesOrder-track”]{

                background-image: url(“<image page>”);

                background-repeat: no-repeat;

                background-position: center;

                background-size : 200px 200px;


Once entered the above CSS, you can see the image got updated.

Note: Added few more CSS commands to make the title little legible.


Step 8:

Save and Build



Step 9: Adding the theme to Launchpad can be achieved using transaction /n/UI2/NWBC_CFG_CUST.

Here create a enter as below and save.


Step 10: Now the Launchpad runs on the updated theme.


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  • Hi Askash,

    It is really a wonderful blog though it looks simple it is very essential for the look & feel.

    Currently i am facing the below issue. The icons are not aligned properly in launchpad.

    Kindly let me know what could be the problem and moreover is it possible to add pictures from  local system.If yes then please do let me know the procedure.

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  • SAP should have basic functionality like this baked into the core product UI. It's ridiculous that something like assigning a tile background is a 10 step process messing around with CSS.

    • Hi Thomas,

      Idea is to make the app simple and easy to use, so that it works on any machine landscape, may be a lower version with low RAM/graphics or a higher one with good processor speed.

      With a minimal amount of look and feel, your app will look basic and doesn't have performance issues.

      Making the UI component heavy will mess the complete design is what i feel.

      These requirements should be on customer's bucket, rather than SAP.

      So SAP has developed these business apps, as it would consume loads of usage and may face bandwidth issue. if you see Google Search Page, you can easily findout, what is the idea, behind the success of Google. 🙂



  • if you upgrade the SAP_UI and data-targeturl is no longer available then you can try aria-label

    or if using fiori 2.0 i think you can upload a background image when you create the tile. ( we are not using the latest )



    //my tile title name is help9

    div[aria-label~="help9"]  {

    background-image: url('    url to image ');

    //  hide the title name
    div[aria-label~="help9"]   span.sapMTextMaxLine {
    visibility:hidden !important;}


    seems to work for me.

    • Hi James -

      We recently upgraded the SAP_UI component to 7.50 in our test environment and as you mentioned data-targeturl is no more available. We have Tile Background images setup in production through the custom CSS so we will need to update the css. We tried the css you have as an example (below) but it's not working. Is there something else that needs to be done?

      div[aria-label="Tile Name"] {

      background-image: url("urlimage");






  • Guys, any idea if background image can be added to the Tiles without using CSS in FIORI 2.0?


    I am not able to find the data-targeturl when I inspect the page.

  • For those of you who faced the problem with missing "data-targeturl" attribute try using this kind of CSS selector:

    [aria-label*="substring-of-aria-label"] {


    Where "substring-of-aria-label" is the unique part of "aria-label" attribute (eg. "create-leave-request").