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Author's profile photo Wouter Lemaire

Deploy MTA app on NEO starting from the SAP Web IDE

In the SAP Cloud Platform you have the ability to create applications that exist out of multiple development languages. You can have for example that contains code that needs to run on HANA, some Java code for generating an OData service and UI5 code. (this is also called microservice) For handling the deployment of a complete project on SCP and run each part of software on the correct runtime, SAP is using MTA projects. MTA will help you for deploying microservice, read all about it here:

The SAP Web IDE makes it easy to create MTA applications with focus on CloudFoundry. It will automatically update the yaml file based on the different modules you add to your mta project. Although, you don’t always want to deploy to Cloud Foundry. Some cases you maybe want to deploy to NEO, for example:

  • You have an MTA app but don’t have cloud foundry license –> deploy to NEO
  • Want to use transport management service (currently in beta and only supports MTA apps on NEO)
  • Any other reason why you would like to use MTA and deploy it to NEO ?

In this blog I’ll show you how to create an MTA app in the SAP Web IDE and deploy it to NEO on the AP Cloud Platform

Let’s start creating an MTA app in the SAP Web IDE

Give the project a name:

Fill in an app id

Add an HTML5 Module

Select the basic SAPUI5 Application template

Give a name to the module. I’m using UI as this module will represent the ui.

Give your first view a name:

Add something to the view just to test:

The full MTA project will look like this:

Just one thing, we’re going to deploy this app to NEO and not CF. For some reason, we need to add the version to parameters of the ui module. Otherwise we won’t be able to deploy the MTA app to NEO.

From now on we don’t need the SAP Web IDE anymore, export the project:

Extract the project and add the mtabuilder into the folder. You can download the mta builder from the SAP market, you can find more information here:

With the MTA builder you can generate an MTAR file for each SCP environment. Use “NEO” behind the “—build-target” parameter to build for NEO. This is the full command

java -jar mtabuilder.JAR --build-target=NEO build

Result will look like this:

If everything went we’ll, you’ll find an mtar file in the project folder. You can use this mtar file to upload your MTA project to NEO.

Go to your NEO account, select solutions and click on Deploy

Select the mtar file and start deploy

When it’s finished, you’ll get the following message:

You’ll see your created app as a tile between your solutions:

Open the solution and go to the ui module

Click on the URL and test your app.

You just deployed an MTA app to SCP NEO.


This was just a basic example of a SAPUI5 app in an MTA app but you could also add Java and HANA coding in the MTA. It will allow you to add code that run on multiple runtimes in one package!


Hope this helped.




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      Author's profile photo Tri Minh Le
      Tri Minh Le

      Hi Wouter Lemaire,

      Thanks for informative blog.

      I've tried it with my MTA including HDB module, Java module and UI module.

      The error happened: ERROR: Invalid mta.yaml. The module type hdb is not supported in the target platform.

      As I check the link you present (

      The target platform of HDB is XSA, no NEO. Since you said "you could also add Java and HANA coding in the MTA" in the last paragraph, which HANA coding module are you talking about?



      Author's profile photo Wouter Lemaire
      Wouter Lemaire
      Blog Post Author

      Sorry, You're right. HDB in an MTA project will only work for CloudFoundry. Java should work..


      Gr, Wouter

      Author's profile photo Sudhir Lenka
      Sudhir Lenka

      Hi Wouter,

      I am working on POC to create MTA App and deploy onto HANA XSA and Cloud Foundry in SCP.

      We have created all three modules(DB, UI and JAVA) and all the modules work fine independently but I don't understand how to integrate UI and Java module.

      Can you please help me with some reference any idea to call Java module from UI module?

      Link to my question on this topic :-





      Author's profile photo coalsoft SAPUI5 Deploy
      coalsoft SAPUI5 Deploy

      Hi Wouter,


      thank yu for your post.

      Wanted to ask, link to mtabuilder is not valid anymore. Is there any page to download it?


      Thank you,