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Author's profile photo Sundar Krishna

Navigation Configuration for News Tile

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I spent a long time, much more than my employers will be happy with, googling and poring over lot of stuff on SCN trying to find ways to setup the fiori news tile correctly. I did not find any that illustrated the way to set up navigation from the news tile. I hope this will help a few others searching for similar information.

We are in the process of rolling out the Fiori Launchpad with a few ESS Apps and a news tile. The ESS Apps were working alright. The news tile of course is a great looking app, but when we tried to navigate to the news item that scrolled across it gave the ‘Could not open the App’ error dialog.


Initially we thought that’s how the news tile had been designed to function, as the SAP Help documentation mentioned

  • Bookmarking and direct navigation to the list of feed articles is not supported.

News Tile – User Interface Add-On for SAP NetWeaver – SAP Library

There were many discussions in the forums that suggested applying OSS Notes, higher level UI, etc. None of that would work as we were almost current with our SP levels. There was however a cryptic one liner ‘Can you share your tile setting and target mapping?’ from Masayuki Sekihara in

Fiori News Tile – no articles displayed asking to check the navigation for the tile.

I did not find any documentation or SAP Help that explained the way to configure the news tile navigation So I tried and set it up as I have explained below. Hope it is the right way, if not, please feel free to correct me and suggest the right approach.

The news tile when created does not have a navigation row.


So I thought I should create a navigation entry for the news tile and assign it to one of the Launch Pad roles that we were already using. I wasn’t sure what needed to be the Semantic Object for navigation, I only thought it should be something related to News. So I typed ‘News’ and found the ‘NewsItem’ Semantic Object.


I wasn’t sure of the Action either, so entered ‘display’ like most others had and headed to LPD_CUST to create a new item in the Launchpad Role.

And there in LPD_CUST I saw SPBUTIL NEWSITEM, something I hadn’t noticed before.


I took a look and it had NewsApp as Application Alias. I went back to Launchpad Designer and corrected the configuration.


Now the news tile navigation works well and looks so beautiful.



Note: Please … this is my first blog contribution in spite of being around quite long. Not that I I did not want to contribute, I wish I knew enough to write something here. I am that ABAPer who knows just enough to stay paid in my job.

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi S K,

      This is a wonderful blog, and found it after lot of googling. And yes, this has solved my problem too, but still looking around for bringing proper images from the feeds

      Author's profile photo Sundar Krishna
      Sundar Krishna
      Blog Post Author

      Thank you. The link to images were part of the RSS and the images were uploaded and fetched from the repository.

      Author's profile photo SAP HR Project SAP HR Project
      SAP HR Project SAP HR Project

      Hi Sundar krishna,
      We are facing issues on  Rss Feed XML not displaying images on Fiori news tile. could you please  help us . Your help is really appreciated.

      Requirement: For Multiple channel we will have multiple news. We have to display all the images in the Tile as slide show in the preview of the tile. When we click the Tile all the news should display along with related news images.

      Issue Occurring:When we are displaying the news we are unable to display images as slide show in the Preview Tile and also in the detail list.

      Mentioned the below steps.

      Step-1: We have created a new BSP application to display the RSS news on Fiori.

      Step-2: New BSP application was configured behind the News tiles like screen shot.

      Step-3: We are getting Titles and description from XML generated by BSP application after call Transformation but when we are displaying the news we are unable to display images as slide show in the Preview Tile as shown below. Find the attached XML scheme was generated by BSP.

      <?sap.transform simple?>”>
      <tt:root name=”RSSFEED”/>
      <rss version=”2.0″>
      <tt:loop name=”RSSFEED” ref=”.RSSFEED”>
      <title><tt:value ref=”$RSSFEED.TITLE_CH”/></title>
      <link><tt:value ref=”$RSSFEED.LINK_CH”/></link>
      <description><tt:value ref=”$RSSFEED.DESCR_CH”/></description>
      <title><tt:value ref=”$RSSFEED.TITLE_IT”/></title>
      <url><tt:value ref=”$RSSFEED.ENCLOSURE”/></url>
      <title><tt:value ref=”$RSSFEED.TITLE_IT”/></title>
      <link><tt:value ref=”$RSSFEED.LINK_IT”/></link>
      <description><tt:value ref=”$RSSFEED.DESCR_IT”/></description>
      <pubDate><tt:value ref=”$RSSFEED.PUBDATE”/></pubDate>
      <title><tt:value ref=”$RSSFEED.TITLE_IT”/></title>
      <url><tt:value ref=”$RSSFEED.ENCLOSURE”/></url>
      <tt:attribute name=”type” value-ref=”$RSSFEED.ENCLOSURE_TYPE”/>
      <tt:attribute name=”url” value-ref=”$RSSFEED.ENCLOSURE”/>

      Step-4: The below is XML generated with data.

      Author's profile photo Abhijit Zope
      Abhijit Zope

      If you assign role SAP_UI2_NEWS_TILE (or copy create custom role based on this) will also work. But again that's just initial setting, we still need to setup the RSS Feed and need to resolve cross domain issue also.



      Author's profile photo Prabh Simran Kaur
      Prabh Simran Kaur

      We are not able to get new news content on auto refresh of 15min interval on New tile. Although the same data appears on tile on manual refresh of launchpad screen without any issues. This issue is only occurring during auto refresh calls and service response in Network shows the latest data in response too.

      Please suggest what could be possible reasons as we have configured standard SAP News application to fetch data from rss feeds.