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Expose CDS Views as OData Service

In continuation to previous blog Core Data Services in ABAP in this blog I will show how to create CDS Views and step by step procedure to generate OData service using CDS Views.


There are 3 different ways you can expose CDS views as OData service:

  1.   Import DDIC structure using SEGW Netweaver Gateway service builder transaction.
  2.   Reference Data Source using SEGW Netweaver Gateway service builder transaction.
  3.   Using Generic Annotations. (@Odata.publish:true)


First way is supported from SAP ABAP NW 7.40 SP5, Second and third ways are supported from SAP ABAP NW 7.50 and above. For first two ways SAP NW Gateway is used and for third type without use of SAP NW Gateway odata services can be created using annotations. Gateway is used only to add the service created using annotations.


In this blog I am going to show type one i.e how to generate OData service using import DDIC structure using SEGW service builder transaction.


How to Create CDS View:


Firstly as a prerequisite ABAP Development tools(ADT) needs to be installed in Eclipse to create CDS Views.


On installation of ADT in eclipse open ABAP perspective as shown below:




After opening ABAP perspective, In project explorer right click in the context menu select New->ABAP Project. A popup appears asks for ABAP system details which you need to add to create CDS views. Details like System-ID, Username, Password has to be given and click on OK to add the system to eclipse. Note that ABAP system which you add should support SAP ABAP NW 7.40 package. find the attachment for how to add ABAP system to eclipse.


Once after adding the ABAP system project explorer looks like below:




Expand $TMP package, Select and right click on Dictionary folder in the context menu to create DDL source ABAP Repository Object


Select DDL source, click on next and give below details to create sample CDS view:



Without clicking on finish, on click on next CDS view ask for transport:




since CDS view is create in local object no transport is required, click on next then sample templates are populated to select:



You can use any of the template as shown above to create CDS view. Template helps you to create different types of CDS views with syntax auto populated on selecting the type of view. Here I am creating simple CDS view so I select define view template and click on finish.



In the define view template core annotations are populated with basic syntax to create view, define the view as below:





Here I defined sql view name as ‘CDS_DDL_SAMPLE1’ and selected data from “snwd_so” sales order data source with some columns. After defining the view, Activate the view as shown above. On Activation two objects are created:

     1. CDS Database View (CDS_DDL_SAMPLE1)

     2. CDS entity. (ZCDS_SAMPLE1)


CDS Database view can be accessed using SE11 ABAP Dictionary as shown below:




Give CDS Database View name as shown above and click on display.



DDL SQL view is created in ABAP Dictionary. Here you can identify MANDT field in the view definition though we didnt mention it explicitly while defining the view. CDS views are default client dependent no need to mention client field while defining the view.


Right click on CDS View created to preview the data as shown below:



Generate OData service using CDS View:


Go to SEGW transaction. Create project as shown below:


Give project details as below:


Save project in local object. Expand project node, right click on data model->import->DDIC structure:


Create entity type by importing ABAP structure. Here give  CDS Dabase view ‘CDS_DDL_SAMPLE1’, select create default entity set flag and click on next:



follow the wizard where you select parameters and key fields respectively:




click on finish, then entity, entity set and corresponding properties are created. Expand node service implementation right click on SalesOrderSet->Map to Data Source


Here you map your CDS Database view(CDS_DDL_SAMPLE1) and CDS enity(ZCDS_SAMPLE1). on click on map to data source popup populates to select CDS business entity:



select type as business entity and give CDS entity ZCDS_SAMPLE1 as Name:




click on OK.



click on OK. Drag and drop properties to map fields or click on generate mapping to automatically map the fields.


After mapping done save the changes and click on generate icon as shown below to generate run time artifacts./wp-content/uploads/2016/04/1_911945.png


In model and service definition you can find DPC, MPC classes and technical service name of odata service:


click on ok and save the objects in local object;


after saving run time artifacts are generated. Expand node Service maintenance select gateway, click on register button to register the service.


add the service to local object:


click on OK. Now service is registered you can find status as green as shown below and click on Gateway client button to access the service:


Odata service in gateway client:


Use OData parameter $metadata to view the metadata of service:



on using odata parameter $metadata you can find the properties and entities of CDS view exposed as odata service.


This is how you create CDS view and expose the same as odata service using import DDIC structure by mapping CDS Database View and CDS entity using SEGW service builder transaction.


Hope you find this blog helpful.


In my next blogs I will try to touch other ways to expose cds view as odata service.


Your suggestions, feedback, comments on this blog are most welcome.

Few Useful links:

Step by Step Hierarchies in S/4 HANA Analytics

Define the Analytical Query CDS View–part-1-how-to-test-odata-service-generated-by-cds-view

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  • Hi,

    in NW 7.50 you can remove 80% of your blog 🙂

    You just use the CDS annotation: @OData.publish: true and the oData Service will be generated automatically by the ABAP infrastructure. There is no need to use SEGW to expose CDS views as services anymore.



    • Hi Thomas,

      I am using NW 7.50 and i created the OData Service by using the CDS annotation: @@OData.publish: true. The service was successfully created and after that i activated the OData Service in SAP GATEWAY HUB using Transaction- /IWFND/MAINT_SERVICE.

      When i test the service its working fine. But when i tried to check service implementation of the EntitySet i mapped to by going to SEGW Tcode i dont find my service there.??

      Could you please help me on this?



  • “after saving run time artifacts are generated. Expand node Service maintenance select gateway”

    but,there is no gateway in node Service maintenance.



    York Liu

  • Hi,

    I created OData service by mapping to a CDS view as data source, my question is if I make any changes in the CDS view, like if add or remove any field, would the changes be reflected in the data model as well??

      • Hi Pavankumar,

        sorry, but this is not correct.

        If a service has been built using the mapped data source approach, you have started with importing a DDIC structure.

        If additinal fields are added this is NOT reflected in the service strucuture and implementation.

        If you want to have this behaviour you have to use the referecned data source approach intaed.

        Best Regards,


          • not a “new” odata. But you have to use the option 1 as described above and map the CDS View to the entity set created via DDIC import

            “Import DDIC structure using SEGW Netweaver Gateway service builder transaction”

            Best Regards,

  • Hi Pavan ,

    we are running our system on NetWeaver 7.4 with S4 hana version 1503 . our requirement to show the standard reports from fiori with backend as s4 hana system . so I collected the list of the standard app developed for the 1503 version from fiori library and I could find the names of the Odataservices also .
    when I am trying to find the source of these Odataservices I couldnt trace with SEGW , I also try to search with eclipse which didnt help me more .
    Can you help me in providing some clue to more forward…?
    Do I need to to install any package to see the list of the CDS views in the ABAP repository using eclipse..?


  • Very useful tutorial, was reading and following another tutorial and wondered why ABAP Developer Tools in Eclipse didn’t create oData service in SAP… Was working on NW7.40 SP10 😉 Great help, thanks!

  • Really Very useful one I have been searching and trying to do this for the work but was stuck in how to call the CDS view but this tutorial clearly focused on the required part for the SAP HANA and UI5  developer.



    Hi Pavan,

    Very nice blog and thanks for sharing the knowledge. Could you please brief on this point as well – Reference Data Source using SEGW Netweaver Gateway service builder transaction.

    Best Regards,