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SAPUI5 and OData UploadCollection Example


In this post you will see an end to end example of implementing file upload/download with the UploadCollection control.  This post is meant to help you get basic upload/download functionality working.

I have studied several blog posts, questions as well as personal experience to produce this post. I couldn’t find a “one stop” example so I decided to put this together help the community get started.


  • You have an on premise SAP Netweaver Gateway system
  • You have access to WebIDE and a connection to your Gateway System
  • This was developed on an S4/1909 system using primarily ADT*.
  • The front end was targeted for SAPUI5 Version 1.73*

*I have implemented a similar solution on an R/3 ABAP 7.50 System using SAPUI5 version 1.52 so it should work with very little to no changes on earlier versions. 

Basic Steps:

  • Define a Z-Table to hold files data and attributes
  • Use the gateway service builder (T-Code SEGW) to create the Entity Type/Entity Sets
  • Redefine methods in DPC and MPC classes.
  • Expose the Service on the Gateway
  • Create a new SAPUI5 Application using WebIDE on SAP Cloud Platform
  • Configure neo-app.json and manifest.json
  • Add the UploadCollection to the View.
  • Implement Supporting controller code

Create Z Table and OData Service:

  1. Create a ztable to store the file and file attributes. This could easily be adapted to store the file in a content server or on the file system. Note:I have used a UUID as the Primary  Key  should this  table  be used in a draft enabled BOPF in the future.
    @EndUserText.label : 'Files'
    @AbapCatalog.enhancementCategory : #NOT_EXTENSIBLE
    @AbapCatalog.tableCategory : #TRANSPARENT
    @AbapCatalog.deliveryClass : #A
    @AbapCatalog.dataMaintenance : #LIMITED
    define table zfile {
      key client : abap.clnt not null;
      key id     : uuid not null;
      filename   : char255;
      sydate     : dats;
      sytime     : tims;
      value      : xstringval;
      mimetype   : char100;
  2. Using T-Code SEGW on your business system, Create a new Project
  3. Enter a Name and give the Z-Table name from step 1. Make sure “Create Default Entity Set” is checked. Then, press Next
  4. Select all the fields, and press next. (Selecting CLIENT is not necessary)
  5. Select “ID” as the Key and give a meaningful name and label to the fields. Then, Press Finish.
  6. Select the entity type you just created (File) from the tree hierarchy on the left. Check the check box in the “Media” column.
  7. Open the Entity Type Properties and set the check boxes per below
  8. Open the “FileSet” Entity Set and set the check boxes per below.
  9. Press “Generate Runtime Objects” Icon. Take the defaults in the screen that pops up then, press the check box.
  10. in ADT (or SE24) navigate to the generated Model Provider Class i.e.  the *MPC_EXT class. Redefine the “DEFINE” Method. with the code below.  Hint: Pressing  <CTRL>+<SPACE> in ADT will allow you to select the DEFINE method to redefine.
      METHOD define.
        super->define( ).
        DATA: lo_entity   TYPE REF TO /iwbep/if_mgw_odata_entity_typ,
              lo_property TYPE REF TO /iwbep/if_mgw_odata_property.
        lo_entity = model->get_entity_type( iv_entity_name = 'File' ).
        IF lo_entity IS BOUND.
          lo_property = lo_entity->get_property( iv_property_name = 'FileName').
          lo_property->set_as_title(  ).
          lo_property = lo_entity->get_property( iv_property_name = 'MIMEType').
          lo_property->set_as_content_type( ).
  11. Now open the generated Data Provider Class i.e. *_DPC_EXT. There are several methods here to redefine.
    1. Redefine FILESET_GET_ENTITY with the below code
      method fileset_get_entity.
            DATA lw_pk TYPE zfile.
         " DO. ENDDO.
          READ TABLE it_key_tab INTO DATA(lw_key_tab) WITH KEY name = 'ID'.
          IF sy-subrc = 0.
            SELECT single id, filename, sydate, sytime, mimetype from zfile into CORRESPONDING FIELDS OF @lw_pk  where id = @lw_key_tab-value.
          er_entity = lw_pk.
    2. Redefine FILESET_GET_ENTITYSET with the below code.
        METHOD fileset_get_entityset.
            it_final   TYPE STANDARD TABLE OF zfile,
            lt_filters TYPE                   /iwbep/t_mgw_select_option,
            ls_filter  TYPE                   /iwbep/s_mgw_select_option,
            ls_so      TYPE                   /iwbep/s_cod_select_option,
            p_name     TYPE c LENGTH 15.
          FROM zfile
    3. Redefine method /IWBEP/IF_MGW_APPL_SRV_RUNTIME~CREATE_STREAM. Note that there is  a  call to  FILESET_GET_ENTITY.  This is required or the upload will  succeed but will return  an HTTP  500  error  of “Service provider did not return any business data”
      METHOD /iwbep/if_mgw_appl_srv_runtime~create_stream.
          DATA: lw_file TYPE zfile.
          lw_file-id = cl_system_uuid=>create_uuid_x16_static( ).
          lw_file-filename = iv_slug.
          lw_file-value    = is_media_resource-value.
          lw_file-mimetype = is_media_resource-mime_type.
          lw_file-sydate  = sy-datum.
          lw_file-sytime  = sy-uzeit.
          INSERT INTO zfile VALUES lw_file.
              DATA : ls_key_tab TYPE /iwbep/s_mgw_name_value_pair,
                     lt_key_tab TYPE /iwbep/t_mgw_name_value_pair.
              DATA: ls_filemetadata TYPE zfile.
              DATA: lw_key_tab LIKE LINE OF it_key_tab.
              " data: lt_key_tab TYPE /iwbep/t_mgw_name_value_pair.
              lw_key_tab-name = 'ID'.
              lw_key_tab-value = lw_file-id.
              APPEND lw_key_tab TO lt_key_tab.
              CALL METHOD fileset_get_entity
                  iv_entity_name     = iv_entity_name
                  iv_entity_set_name = iv_entity_set_name
                  iv_source_name     = iv_source_name
                  it_key_tab         = lt_key_tab
      *           io_request_object  =
      *           io_tech_request_context =
                  it_navigation_path = it_navigation_path
                  er_entity          = ls_filemetadata.
      *         es_response_context     =
              is_data = ls_filemetadata
              cr_data = er_entity ).
              "do. enddo.
            CATCH /iwbep/cx_mgw_busi_exception.
            CATCH /iwbep/cx_mgw_tech_exception.
          DATA : ls_stream TYPE ty_s_media_resource,
                 ls_upld   TYPE zfile.
          DATA: lv_id TYPE zfile-id.
          FIELD-SYMBOLS:<fs_key> TYPE /iwbep/s_mgw_name_value_pair.
          DATA ls_header TYPE ihttpnvp.
          ls_header-name = 'Content-Disposition'.
          READ TABLE it_key_tab ASSIGNING <fs_key> with key name = 'ID'.
          lv_id = <fs_key>-value.
          SELECT SINGLE * FROM zfile INTO ls_upld WHERE id = lv_id.
          IF ls_upld IS NOT INITIAL.
            ls_stream-value = ls_upld-value.
            ls_stream-mime_type = ls_upld-mimetype.
            ls_header-value = 'outline; filename="' && ls_upld-filename && '";'.
            set_header( is_header = ls_header ).
            copy_data_to_ref( EXPORTING is_data = ls_stream   CHANGING  cr_data = er_stream ).
    5. Additional methods from interface /IWBEP/IF_MGW_APPL_SRV_RUNTIME can be redefined. Such as UPDATE_STREAM etc.. I will limit this post to just File creation and retrieval.

Add the new service to the Gateway System:

  1. On the gateway system run T-Code /n/iwfnd/maint_service
  2. Click “Add Service”
  3. Select the System Alias for the system where the OData service was created.
  4. Enter the Odata Service name in “Technical Service Name”
  5. Click “Get Services”
  6. Select the Service and click “Add Selected Services”
  7. In the pop up, enter a package assignment and accept the defaults and press the check box.
  8. Press back, you should see the service listed it. Select it and chose “Gateway Service Client’
    1. You can test out the service here, there is ample documentation on the Gateway Service Client so I will not go into it here
  9. At this point the service is now ready to be consumed in a UI5 App.


Creating the SAPUI5 application via WebIDE on SAP Cloud Platform

  1. Login to your SAP Cloud account and navigate to WebIDE
  2. Click on File->New->Project From Template
  3. Select SAPUI5 Application
  4. Give the Project a name “FileUpload” and a namespace i.e “test”  and press Next
  5. Keep the default XML View type and give the new view a name (or accept the default)  Then press “Finish”
  6. Expand the project tree to FileUpload->webapp->View and select your view “File.view.xml”
  7. Insert the following code between the <content> and </content> tags to add the UploadCollection to the view.
      items="{path: '/FileSet'}" multiple="true"							
      uploadComplete="onUploadComplete" noDataText="No files found."
      noDataDescription="Drop files to upload, or use the &quot;+&quot; button.">
  8. In the controller folder open File.controller.js
    1. Add the following code to the init method
      onInit: function () {
         var oUploadCollection = this.getView().byId('UploadCollection');
         var oModel = new sap.ui.model.odata.ODataModel("/sap/opu/odata/sap/ZFILE_EX_SRV",false);
    2. Create the onBeforeUploadStarts method
      onBeforeUploadStarts: function (oEvent) {
      			var oCustomerHeaderSlug = new sap.m.UploadCollectionParameter({
      				name: "slug",
      				value: oEvent.getParameter("fileName")
      			 var oModel = this.getView().getModel();
      			var oHeaders = oModel.oHeaders;
      			var sToken = oHeaders['x-csrf-token'];
      			var oCustomerHeaderToken = new sap.m.UploadCollectionParameter({
      			 	name: "x-csrf-token",
      			 	value: sToken
    3. Create the onUploadComplete method
      		onUploadComplete: function(oEvent){
  9. For the WebIDE environment you must add a route entry in neo-app.json. This should reference a configured destination on your cloud account to your gateway system. Setting up the Cloud Connector and destinations is outside the scope of this blog. Below is an example entry needed in the “routes” array  in the neo-app.json file
          "path": "/sap/opu/odata",
          "target": {
            "type": "destination",
            "name": "SG7_OnPremise",
            "entryPath": "/sap/opu/odata"
          "description": "SG7_OnPremise"
  10. Now setup a dataSources attribute of  “”  in manifest.json. The only the “dataSources” entry should be added. the rest of the code is given for context. (This step isn’t 100% necessary for this example)
    	"_version": "1.12.0",
    	"": {
    		"id": "dsn.File",
    		"type": "application",
    		"i18n": "i18n/",
    		"applicationVersion": {
    			"version": "1.0.0"
    		"title": "{{appTitle}}",
    		"description": "{{appDescription}}",
    		"sourceTemplate": {
    			"id": "ui5template.basicSAPUI5ApplicationProject",
    			"version": "1.40.12"
    		"dataSources": {
    			"mainService": {
    				"uri": "/sap/opu/odata/sap/ZFILE_EXT_SRV/",
    				"type": "OData",
    				"settings": {
    					"annotations": [
    					"localUri": "localService/metadata.xml"
    			"ZFILE_EXT_ANNO_MDL": {
    				"uri": "/sap/opu/odata/IWFND/CATALOGSERVICE;v=2/Annotations(TechnicalName='ZFILE_EXT_ANNO_MDL',Version='0001')/$value/",
    				"type": "ODataAnnotation",
    				"settings": {
    					"localUri": "localService/ZFILE_EXT_ANNO_MDL.xml"
  11. Run the project via index.html and you should be able to upload and download files


This blog is intended to give a bare minimum to get you up and running uploading and downloading files. There are numerous improvements that could be made. I welcome all suggestions for improvement or questions. Thanks for reading.

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      Author's profile photo Mahesh Palavalli
      Mahesh Palavalli

      Good End-End example Paul !!!. Couple of small suggestions.

      1. You can use odata v2 model instead of odata model as it is deprecated.
      2. As I can see that you are using upload collection, you can go with the attachment servicewhich will make the development a lot easier (Assuming that you are working in s4hana system, it should be available) for older ones your’s is a good approach.


      Author's profile photo Paul McFarling
      Paul McFarling
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks! I was unaware of the attachment service. I do intend to use this with a draft enabled list report so it appears the attachment service might work better.

      Author's profile photo pavan kumar Mallipeddi
      pavan kumar Mallipeddi

      Hi Paul McFarling,

      How can we use the MIME type and Value in back end to attach the documents to Email.



      Author's profile photo Danil Badykshanov
      Danil Badykshanov

      I found a little bug.
      It is better to use the following code, otherwise there will be an error

      var oCustomerHeaderSlug = new sap.m.UploadCollectionParameter({
        name: "slug",
        value: encodeURIComponent(oEvent.getParameter("fileName"))
      Author's profile photo Jaroslav Hrbacek
      Jaroslav Hrbacek

      Very helpfull. Thank you very much

      Author's profile photo Ricardo Novais
      Ricardo Novais

      Hi guys,


      have an example with UploadSet? Thx!!