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In this blog I’ll like to show you how to consume SAP Business One Service Layer oData sevices from a .NET application via WCF.


SAP Business One Service Layer is a new generation of extension API for consuming SAP Business One data and services. It builds on core protocols such as HTTP and OData, and provides a uniform way to expose full-featured business objects on top of a highly scalable and high-availability Web server. Currently, Service Layer supports OData version3, version 4, and a few selected OData client libraries, for example, WCF for .Net developers; data.js for JavaScript developers.


After installing SAP Business One Service Layer in your server (installed as part of the SAP Business One server components in the HANA Linux server) all documentation is available at the following link:

https://your_hana_server:50000 (your_hana_server is the name or IP of your HANA server)


Please also check the different documents and samples available in the main SAP Business One, version for SAP HANA Extensibility topics (


Development Environment


  1. Odata protocol version 3 is the highest version supported by WCF.
  2. You can choose to work with VS 2010, 2012 or 2013 for your daily work.
  3. As precondition, you need to get “WCF Data Services 5.6.0 Tools” installed in advance. You can get the installer from:
  4. Next section explains  how to consume Odata Services via WCF.
  5. You can use Json.Net [NewtonSoft.Json.Net.dll] library for object serialization.
  6. Service Layer server needs to be configured with the following properties in the file b1s.conf (located in the Service Layer installation folder ServiceLayer/conf):
    1. “MetadataWithoutSession”: true
    2. “WCFCompatible”:true

After changing the configuration file you need to restart Service Layer by running the following command in /etc/init.d folder:
./b1s restart

How to consume Service Layer odata service via WCF

Add the metadata as service or file directly by selecting “Add Service Reference” into your C#/.NET based Microsoft Visual Studio project, the metadata will be validated automatically.
Note: In order to be able to get the metadata you need first to open a session wiht Service Layer, for example via PostMan or any other tool.



Microsoft Visua Studio IDE will use a tool named “SvcUtil.exe” to validate the metadata XML and generate proxy class for your usage automatically if validate passed. You can find all classes in “ObjectBrowser”.




With the automatically generated proxy classes, you can program the required business logic of your application.


Sample Code


You can download a .NET sample code connecting to SAP Business One version for SAP HANA Service Layer and doing some operations like:

– Login/Logout

– Retreive the list of Business Partners and Items

– Add a Sales Order Document

– Update a Sales Order Document

– Get a specific Sales Order Document

– Close a Sales Order Document

– Get information via query filters to reduce the amount of data to be retrieved (for example not all fields but only CardCode, CardName fields required but the UI) to improve performances

– Send several queries via Batch in only one request

– Use pagination to retrieve all Orders page by page (user will not be able to see all pages at once and performances will be better if you retrieve page by page).


With this sample you will see how easy is to consume Service Layer Entities (what we are using to call objects in COM interface) and Actions (somehow equivalent to the DI API Services) by getting directly your hands in real .NET C# code.


Please use our standard SDK forum for questions/remarks on the SAP Business One version for SAP HANA Service Layer.


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  1. Rahul Jain

    Hello Sir,

    I am getting the below error, when I am adding the service reference in my c# windows application. Please look @ this & let me know the appropriate solution.


    1. Syed Ammar Bukhari

      I am having the same problem. How do i add a reference to an OData service. Here are the first few lines of $metadata. Is there a version problem that Visual Studio does not understand.

      Please help SAP!


      <edmx:DataServices m:DataServiceVersion=”2.0>
      <Schema xmlns=” Namespace=”HCM_LEAVE_REQ_CREATE_SRV xml:lang=”en sap:schema-version=”1>
      <EntityType Name=”AbsenceType sap:content-version=”1>
  2. Maria Trinidad MARTINEZ GEA Post author

    Hi Tanakorn,

    Your question is not directly related to that blog but in general to B1 behavior on DocEntry numbering.

    Can you please post this question on the community forum? I’ll remove it from here in the coming days.


  3. R. Pol

    Hi Maria,

    I have downloaded your application and a system administrator has done the settings for point 6. under Development Environment.

    When i start the application, i can Login, Load Initial Data, Add New Order and Get Order. So i assume all my settings are correct!?

    However, when i do Get Order Pages, i get the following error (twice):
    A null value was found for the property named ‘SystemSerialNumber’, which has the expected type ‘Edm.Int32[Nullable=False]’. The expected type ‘Edm.Int32[Nullable=False]’ does not allow null values.

    When i check REFDI.chm to see what field corresponds with ‘SystemSerialNumber’, it is ‘SysSerial’. When i check the database which tables contain this field, i find 3 tables (‘SRI1_LINK’, ‘OSRI’ and ‘SRI1’). When i check these tables, there are no entries with ‘SysSerial’ is null!?

    I am using SAP B1 9.2 PL 8 and Visual Studio 2015.

    Question 1: Any idea what might be wrong?

    Also, i notice that you are using 2 methods to get data.

    1) An actual service call to login

    Uri login = new Uri(“https://<server ip>:50000/b1s/v1/” + “Login”);
    BodyOperationParameter[] body = new BodyOperationParameter[3];
    body[0] = new BodyOperationParameter(“UserName”, cred.UserName);
    body[1] = new BodyOperationParameter(“Password”, cred.Password);
    body[2] = new BodyOperationParameter(“CompanyDB”, cred.CompanyDB);
    session = (B1Session)currentServiceContainer.Execute<B1Session>(login, “POST”, true, body).SingleOrDefault();

    2) Through the Service Layer object

    BusinessPartner bp = currentServiceContainer.BusinessPartners.Where(cursor => cursor.CardCode == cardCode).SingleOrDefault();

    Question 2 intro:
    I want to get Company Details.

    When i check the Service Layer Object (method 2), it does not contain a definition for AdminInfo. Therefor i need to use method 1.

    I want to get ADM1.Street and such, but from what i can tell i need to use /b1s/v1/CompanyService_GetAdminInfo and than extract the individual address field values from the ‘Address’ field…

    When i add the following code, i get an error:

    var admin = new Uri(“https://<server ip>:50000/b1s/v1/” + “CompanyService_GetAdminInfo”);
    var adminInfo = currentServiceContainer.Execute<AdminInfo>(admin, “POST”, true).SingleOrDefault();

    InnerException: {“The response payload is a not a valid response payload. Please make sure that the top level element is a valid Atom or JSON element or belongs to ‘’ namespace.”}

    When i do the same call using Postman, i do get a valid response…

    Then i think to myself, ok, lets try with a BusinessPartner:

    var bp = new Uri(“https://<server ip>:50000/b1s/v1/” + “BusinessPartners”);
    var bpInfo = currentServiceContainer.Execute<BusinessPartner>(bp, “GET”, false);

    This works fine (this makes me think that all my settings are indeed correct)…

    Question 2: How do i get AdminInfo?

    With kind regards,

    Ruben Pol

  4. Maria Trinidad MARTINEZ GEA Post author

    Hi Ruben,

    Here you have a sample for getting the CompanyService_GetCompanyInfo.

    Can you please check if this code works for you and afterwards adapt it for AdminInfo instead of CompanyInfo?

    If not working please post a question outside this blog comments, it is not easy to get it managed here, just post the link here.

    public string CompanyService_GetCompanyInfo()
    CompanyInfo cmpInfo = null; // ComplexType!
    //Format the URI
    string strFormat = “{0}/{1}”;
    string strURL = strCurrentServerURL;
    if (strCurrentServerURL.EndsWith(“/”))
    strURL = strURL.Remove(strURL.Length – 1); //remove last /, to avoid duplication

    string strRequstCmd = string.Empty;

    //HTTP Request Command Type
    string strCommandType = “POST”;

    string strAction = “CompanyService_GetCompanyInfo”;

    strRequstCmd = string.Format(strFormat, strURL, strAction);
    Uri cmdQuery = new Uri(strRequstCmd);

    //Enacpsulate the parameters if necessary
    BodyOperationParameter[] body = null;
    cmpInfo = (CompanyInfo)currentServiceContainer.Execute<CompanyInfo>(cmdQuery, strCommandType, true, body).SingleOrDefault();

    return cmpInfo.CompanyName;
    catch (Exception ex)
    throw ex;

    Hope it helps



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