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Author's profile photo Chanchal Garg

SAP HCI – SFTP Adapter


To understand the SFTP adapter (Sender/Receiver) in HCI framework. SFTP client server can be accessed via SFTP adapter. To pull files to server, SFTP sender adapter is used. To push files we use SFTP receiver adapter.

In this blog post :

  • We will be using SFTP server and port number to establish connection and transfer files from one location to another.
  • Authentication/Security Material
  • SFTP sender and receiver channels will be configured and file will be transferred from sender to receiver channel.
  • File Processing Configuration

Object Overview

1.  For public authentication deploy the credentials for SFTP server in Security Material.

2.  Cloud Integration needs host key of SFTP for Secure shell communications (SSH). In order to get the host key for FTP open connectivity tests from SAP cloud platform.

           Integration->Operation View->Connectivity Test

    Provide the host name of FTP and the credentials we deployed in step 1.

3.   Copy the host key after successful test and save in text file (known_hosts.txt).

4.   Create SSH as shown below and deploy the text file (known_hosts.txt) created in previous step. This will be used to authenticate servers.

5.  For Public key authentication using key for SFTP, key pair with alias id_rsa is required in Cloud  platform.

6. Integration Flow

Source Configuration

Target Configuration

For keeping same target file name as source file create variable in Content Modifier.

7.  Once artifact is deployed we can see the completed messages status and check the trace  for details (Change the log level from info to Trace in message monitoring). Login to SFTP and  verify the file transferred.


    Login to SFTP and verify the file transferred. Files will be transferred depending on the   Scheduler settings.

In case no name is provided for the target file source name will be reflected as Target file name.

Processing of File will depend on below setting. In case its ‘Delete File’ it will be deleted once processed.

Files will be transferred and processed in Target folder.

FTP adapter is no longer provided in the list of cloud adapters. So for File transfers we use SFTP adapter with password mechanism which authenticates the connection with the server.


SFTP – Secure File Transfer Protocol

FTP   –  File Transfer Protocol

HCI  –   HANA Cloud Integration

SSH – Secure Shell

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      Author's profile photo Michelle Crapo
      Michelle Crapo

      Sadly everything I read tells me that a PI server is needed.  I wonder with all the different programming languages we use if it is possible to skip the PI server.

      Do you happen to know if the only way we can utilize this is with a PI server?

      Nice blog,


      Author's profile photo Aananda Guru
      Aananda Guru

      Hey Chancal!

      believe that we will not have to give the filename or Append timestamp in the SFTP channel configuration. As we are maintaining the CamelFileName in content modifiers header property, CPI would directly take value from it. We will not have to explicitly give the ${header.CamelFileName} in SFTP Channel.



      This works. Verified!



      Author's profile photo Emir Morillo
      Emir Morillo

      Hi Chanchal,

      How I can generate one flat file from SFTP Adapter?.

      The SFTP Adapter only generate a XML file




      Author's profile photo Rakesh damera
      Rakesh damera

      Hi Emir,


      Have you tried using the CSV/XML converters?




      Author's profile photo Emir Morillo
      Emir Morillo

      Hi Rakesh,


      Yes, i resolved with XML Convert.



      Author's profile photo Jose Luis Olmos Segovia
      Jose Luis Olmos Segovia

      Thanks for this blog!

      I have been able to create the SFTP connection and saved a lot of time


      Author's profile photo Integration Enthusiast
      Integration Enthusiast

      Hi Chanchal,

      I am getting error at step 2 itself – Invalid server response.

      Kindly check this thread and revert with your thoughts. Thank you.

      1. I have deployed the sftp credentials and even ssh sftp key file

      2. I have assigned roles