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Getting Started with ABAP in the Cloud – Part I

SAP Cloud Platform ABAP Environment

With this blog, we provide an update about the latest information on getting started with the ABAP environment on the SAP Cloud Platform. This is part I with an overview. In part II, we will cover the recent tutorial series published on the SAP HANA Academy YouTube channel.

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ABAP is as old as SAP (almost). At SAP TechEd 2018 the availability was announced for the ABAP environment on the SAP Cloud Platform, followed by a free trial version one year later. Latest release is 2002 (Feb 2020).

The internal code name was steampunk, a science fiction cyberpunk spin-off, mixing the old with the new, which like Neo has stuck. The official full name is SAP Cloud Platform ABAP Environment, also known as ABAP Platform-as-a-Service or ABAP PaaS (say out loud, ten times, and you hear the steam engine going).


SAP Community 

Probably the best place to get started is the ABAP Environment topic area on the SAP Community. Here we find official product information (presentations, videos), links to the trial edition, FAQ, and an up-to-date list of the latest blogs and Q&A’s.

To stay up-to-date, simply follow the tag: SAP Cloud Platform, ABAP environment (tag). Frequent bloggers are Florian WahlThomas Schneider, Olga Dolinskaja, Harald Kuck and Andre Fischer, which you could also consider following.

SAP Community


Product Information

For the business side of things visit the resource center. Here we find the solution briefs and pricing examples (plus the same links to the documentation and FAQs as above).

For recent innovations, planned functionality, see the roadmap (includes the ABAP environment)

SAP Cloud Platform ABAP Environment, Resource Center


Learning Journey(s)


There are no SAP Training courses specific to the ABAP environment yet (but there are plenty of courses about ABAP, of course). The ABAP Environment learning journey lists blogs from the Community and Developer Center tutorials (but no courses or certifications), so it is a free ride!

SAP Help Portal Learning Journey

SAP TechEd

At SAP TechEd 2019, there was also a learning journey dedicated to the topic. All the lectures are freely available to watch

For the list of all ABAP sessions, see


SAP Developer Center

Most of the stepping stones on the SAP Cloud Platform ABAP Environment point to the tutorials on the SAP Developer Center. There are several missions and tutorials groups to organise the growing number of tutorials and the Tutorial Navigator will help you find them. To name a few

SAP Developer Center Tutorials


SAP HANA Academy

Just released, a new video tutorials series by Philip MUGGLESTONE covering all aspects of SAP Cloud Platform ABAP Environment including creating an instance of the ABAP Environment, setting up client tools, and creating and deploying applications.

In part two of this blog, we cover this series in more detail.

YouTube Tutorial Videos


Getting Started with the Docs

For detailed and additional background information, bookmark the SAP Cloud Platform documentation set. You can filter on the ABAP Environment to only get the relevant info. The Getting Started section might be a good place to start…

SAP Help Portal

The ABAP RESTful programming model defines the architecture for the development of OData services optimized for SAP HANA in SAP Cloud Platform, ABAP Environment (or Application Server ABAP). Obviously, this is essential reading for Steampunk.

See also



SAP Press Books

There is not yet a book dedicated to the topic but there are several titles related that may be of interest

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SAP Press books


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