When you are developing fiori application using smart templates having odata service as backend. You may have annotations on backend(preferably CDS or in your gateway project) and overwrite them if needed in frontend using annotation modeler plugin available in Web IDE.

Lets use northwind odata service which does contain any pre-set annotations from backend to create Fiori list report application without writing any javascript code in UI project.

Note: If you are using internal code-fiori SAP WEB IDE. Northwind Odata destination is already available. Skip step 1 and 2


Step 1:

Sign up for a free trial account on SAP Cloud Platform


Step 2:

Create a Destination on SAP Cloud Platform


Step 3:


  1. In the navigation pane (left side), choose Services.
  2. On the Services pane, search for “web ide”.
  3. select SAP Web IDE tile, In the “SAP Web IDE Overview” page click on link Open SAP Web IDE.

Step 4:

Create List Report Application in SAP WEB IDE

  • In the menu bar, select File > New > Project from Template.
  • Under Template selection, select “List Report Application” and click next

Enter Basic Information details as shown below and click on next

Project Name orderSmartApp
Title Manage Order
Namespace com
Description Manage Orders

Under Sources (left side) select service URL and choose “Northwind Odata Service” as a system to connect to a required service.

Enter relative URL “V2/northwind/northwind.svc” in the text field shown below.

Click on Test button to check whether service is available. If you are able to see data in the Service Table, then connection to service is successful, click on Next.

Northwind odata service does not contain any annotations from backend. So the Table is empty. Click on Next

Choose Odata Collection and Navigation as shown below and click on Finish.

New smart template project “orderSmartApp” is created

Project files and structure is available under WEB IDE workspace.

Step 5:

Create Annotation File

  • Right click on webapp folder in the project, select New à Folder

Enter folder name annotation click OK.

  • Right click on annotation folder in the project, select New à Annotation File
  • Check file name and service is already filled. Click Next

  • Check whether project folder structure is as shown below.
  • Open annotation.xml file, Double click on it

annotation.xml file opens up with Annotation Modeler UI.

At any point of time, you can check xml code by switching view to code editor which is available in footer bar.

Step 6:

Add annotations using Annotation modeller

List report page contains following areas.

  • Header Title
  • Header content – smart filter
  • Smart table
  • Footer toolbar

To add Smart table using annotations. Choose “Order” in Odata Entity Type dropdown and click on Annotate Button.

Select “Annotations” row in table and click on + (plus button) shown under “Actions” column

  • Pop up opens up listing applicable annotations. Select LineItem (represents smart table in application) and click OK, UI.LineItem annotation is added in the Table

To show initially visible columns in smart table, add DataField as a child to UI.lineItem.

Select UI.LineItem row > click + button and select Datafield under records > OK

Select UI.DataField in the table and choose value from right side properties panel

Repeat adding UI.DataField for additional columns in smart table.

To add Smart Filter using annotations. Select “Annotations” row in table and click on + (plus button) shown under “Actions” column. Select “selectionFields” –> OK

Select UI.selectionFields row in table and choose values as shown below in properties pane.

Click on Add Path button to add more selection fields as required

Step 7:

Run the Application

Select project root folder “orderSmartApp” and click on “Run” icon as shown below.

Application shows list report of orders and smart filters to narrow orders as required.

Click on an order, application navigates to detail of an order(also known as Object page).

Object page contains three sections i.e snapping header, navigation bar and content area.

Now lets try to add some more annotations to Odata service to see order details in object page

Step 8:

Go to Annotaion Modeler, add UI.DataPoint annotation to create snapping header for Order ID, customer Id and Order Date

Enter values in properties panel for Qualifier, title and value to show Order ID. Repeat adding UI.DataPoint for customer id and order date as shown in below snapshot.

Run application (see step 7) and click on any order in list report. Application navigates to detail page with header section containing customer Id, order id and order date

Step 9:

Lets add annotations to create content area containing order and shipper information as two groups where each group contains relative information.

Add UI.Identification for order information having fields(order id, order date and required date)

Add UI.FieldGroup for shipper information having fields(shipper name, address, city country)

Enter values for all UI.DataField in properties panel as shown in below snapshot for order Id .

Step 10:

To create navigation area of object page and add content created in above step 9. Add UI.Facet and its children UI.ReferenceFacet as shown below

Provide annotation path for order(i.e UI.Identification created in step 9) and supplier Information (UI.FieldGroup) in UI.ReferenceFacet properties

Step 11:

Run the application (step 7) . List Report and Object Page application is ready to deploy.




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  1. Francisco Javier Gurbindo

    Hi Vinay. Thanks for your post!

    I’m trying to follow it but i can’t make the content area works. It’s always empty. I don’t know whats wrong.

    DataPoints works fine and I see the information but Facets and Identifications don’t.

    Do you know what I’m doing wrong?

    Thanks in advance.



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