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Note: Chromium Web Browser Control is available from PL 5 onwards  (SAP ONE Support Launchpad)

We are working hard to continuously improve our desktop client and for the first time in SAP Business Client history we offer a Chromium web browser control based on CEF –(Chromium Embedded Framework, Open Source Version of Google Chrome) as an alternative rendering engine to Microsoft IE*.
In our mission as a bridge-builder between different UI Technologies, we are now running custom SAP UI5 and SAP Fiori apps in a chrome based control.
The control offers the same performance and HTML5 technologies as the Google Chrome Web browser.
With patch level 5 you can easily choose between the two available browser controls: Internet Explorer or Chromium (picture 1).
The Chromium control comes with installation (picture 2). Just choose it in the front-end installer. New CEF versions will be respectively delivered with every patch.

*End of support of IE11 for SAPUI5 and Fiori Apps Q1/2021

What’s New with PL5

Besides the new Chromium web browser control, you can benefit from the Google Chrome browser developer tools.

New available are the functions: “find on page” (picture 3) and “document download”.

Watch the latest video on youtube.

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SAP Note 2446515: Requirements and Restrictions

Note 2455699: SAP Patches and release dates


Product Page

Help Portal documentation SAP Business Client 6.5, PL8


The SAP Business Client 6.5 software is part of the SAP Front End Package 7.50 Compilation DVD. You can download it from SAP Service Marketplace: SAP ONE Support Launchpad

Please note: The Chromium control will not enable users to consume SAP BC on Mac or Linux. It’s purely Windows-based.

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  1. Christoph Ostrop

    fehlerfrei lauffähige Versionen wären schöner,

    ich hatte mir heute zu BC-6.5 den Patch 4 installiert,  und schon startet der BC nicht mehr,

    dann den Patch-5 installiert, 1x liess sich der BC danach starten, aktuell aber nicht mehr



    ich gehe erst einmal zurück auf NWBC-5


    Issue solved after de-installation of older versions – always recommended – and the installation of SAP GUI 7.50.


  2. Jeff Gallagher

    I’ve recently rolled out Business Client 6.5 PL 5 to the end users and they are coming back saying that the CTRL + F (find) function has been disabled.  Has anyone else experienced this ?.

    1. Sandra Thimme
      Post author

      Hi Jeff,

      CTRL+F opens the “find on page” section. Nothing deactivated.
      For SAP GUI tabs in earlier releases the shortcut Ctrl+F has been ignored.
      See note 2597883.




      1. Jeff Gallagher


        Thanks Sandra,  SAP have confirmed that CTRL + F doesn’t work in PL5 for SAPGUI-tabs, and that it has been resolved in the next version being released in April

        1. Sandra Thimme
          Post author

          Hi Jeff,

          Search functionality for SAP GUI transactions are implemented on application side. Nothing to activate or to implement from SAP BC. For transactions search via field glass (magnifying glass with the SAP Belize theme). Ctrl+F can be used in the ABAP-Editor. For web based content within Business Client use Ctrl+F = “find on page” => see screenshot 3.



  3. Stefan Ruf

    This is a very nice feature. I always wondered if nobody has problems regarding performance in IE.


    However I am slightly confused. I have installed NWBC 6.5 PL8, set browser controls to chromium, and still everything is rendered with IE. Does this not apply to html pages rendered in a CL_GUI_HTML_VIEWER?


    Example “Use as general WWW browser” in transaction DWDM:

    1. Claudia Binder

      Hi Stefan,


      CL_GUI_HTML_VIEWER is wrapping the IE WebBrowser control in SAP GUI for Windows screens. This is completely independent and decoupled from  the browser control which is used in the Business Client to embed Web UIs. SAP GUI for Windows screens are embedded in the Business Client, but still rely on the SAP GUI standalone rendering techniques.

      As such, a browser control addressed by CL_GUI_HTML_VIEWER which is different from IE would need to be integrated by SAP GUI for Windows, and also installation and configuration would need to be available there.

      So unfortunately, there is no automatism possible regarding the availability and usage of browser controls in SAP GUI for Windows and in the SAP Business Client.


      Best regards


  4. Sandra Thimme
    Post author

    Hi Stefan,

    please check the settings (Personalize…) to see if you have really chosen the right browser control (IE/Chromium) see screenshot:

    The checkbox in the front end installer must be selected as shown in the screenshot (picture 2). 




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