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Author's profile photo Marc Hartz

Tips & Tricks using SAP BW Modeling Tools (BWMT) in Eclipse

Eclipse provides a great set of features out of the box which can  be used with the SAP BW Modeling Tools.

This document summarizes the most important and most valuable tips you should be aware of and will be constantly updated!

We are also looking for your ideas, feedback and tips. Please feel free to comment or to reach out to me.

For more implementation details please also refer to this document.

  • Efficient Tab Handling
    • Enlarge and minimize individual tabs by double clicking:


    • Drag a tab to out of the eclipse window will create an open a pop up window for the specific object:


  • Configure Problems View that only active and object related messages appear (View menu -> Show) :


    • More you can add a timestamp to the problem view (View menu -> Configure Columns) :


  • Link BW Search with BW Repository and it will highlight the search result in the tree:


  • Use BW Search to find inactive objects (either Search -> Search or via the Search Icon):


  • Input Help by pressing STRG+SPACE for Search fields (possible whenever the “lamp” is shown next to the field):


  • Open the History View (to see and restore previous versions, e.g. to switch from active to delivered versions


    • By double click on the table entry you can open e.g. the “active” version and compare the differences


  • Save the view of a perspective, this will save how you configured and positioned the different panels



    • Resetting a perspecitve will restore the default layout of the perspective:


  • Attach HANA System to link the BW and HANA repository. This will e.g. allow you to search and add HANA Views in a CompositeProvider


  • Helpful shortcuts when working in eclipse  
Task Shortcut
Refresh active editor F5
Save object CTRL + S
Undo last change  CTRL + Z
Apply last change again CTRL + Y
Create new object CTRL + N
Search for BW object CTRL + H
Open BW object      CTRL + Shift + D
Close Editor CTRL + W
Check selected BW object CTRL + F2
Switch between open editors           ALT + Left-Arrow

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      Author's profile photo Philipp Nell
      Philipp Nell

      Love it !! Specially the feature for creating a stand alone window for a tab....

      Author's profile photo Martin Chambers
      Martin Chambers

      For native HANA modeling and development the trend is away from the HANA Studio and towards the Web IDE. Are there similar plans for BW on HANA?

      Author's profile photo Marc Hartz
      Marc Hartz
      Blog Post Author

      SAP Web IDE for SAP HANA will comprises capabilities of SAP HANA Studio (e.g. Developer Perspective) and SAP HANA Web-based Development Workbench. The BWMT are Eclipse based and will further be the strategic modeling environment for SAP BW.

      Modelling objects of BW and HANA modelling are fully compatible with each other.



      Author's profile photo Paul Vatter
      Paul Vatter

      dear Marc or colleagues,

      is there an option in place to install just the "query designing" capabilities of the BWMT or even a standalone version planned (for customers which have separate teams for backend and query development)?

      Thanks in advance and best regards


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      HiĀ Marc Hartz,

      Nice Blog. Do you have any idea as where in BW Modeling tool, we could see the SAPGuiServer.exe path has been mentioned ?

      Author's profile photo Jonathan Ma
      Jonathan Ma

      After you search on an object like a datasource, is there a way to locate the object in the tree? Is there away to see the dataflow when you right click on an object?

      I am new to this BWMT interface. So far, I found the old RSA1 is so much more powerful. This looks like a half baked product. All gimmick, no substance.


      Author's profile photo Klaus Freyburger
      Klaus Freyburger

      > After you search on an object like a datasource, is there a way to locate the object in the tree?

      I have the same question. Nobody has an idea?

      Author's profile photo Aleh Khanevich
      Aleh Khanevich

      You can use "Link with editor" switch:

      It makes navigation tree and opened object linked to each other.

      Author's profile photo Klaus Freyburger
      Klaus Freyburger

      Great, thanks!

      Author's profile photo Ankit Gupta
      Ankit Gupta

      Why it is not possible to get rid of BW-MT tools from Eclipse and have it as an extension in BTP or webIDE ?

      Author's profile photo David Gallego
      David Gallego

      Hi Marc,

      Do you know any way to re-size image components in data flow?

      I would like to re-size some boxes in Data Flow in order to get the complete text description (Treasury IHC Positions).


      Test Data Flow

      Many thanks.