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Migrating Your Mobile Development Kit (MDK) Apps from SAP Web IDE to SAP Business Application Studio

Last Updated on 08 May 2023 with latest changes

New Mobile Development Kit features in SAP Web IDE > mobile services App Development Tools extension are no longer supported. However, the existing Mobile Development Kit extension will continue to be available. Please migrate your Mobile Development Kit development to SAP Business Application Studio, the successor of SAP Web IDE. 

SAP Business Application Studio is a next generation, tailor made development environment available as a service on SAP Cloud Foundry which offers a modular development for business application for SAP Intelligent Enterprise. If you have not started looking into it, It’s time to try out.

This post describes how to migrate Mobile Development kit (MDK) app from SAP Web IDE Full-Stack to BAS, and then how to continue enhancing it further.

Export Your Project From SAP Web IDE

From the SAP Web IDE, you can export your project either by pushing it to Git or downloading locally on your machine using Export option.

Import Your Project in SAP Business Application Studio

Follow this link to create a dev space for your MDK development, if not done before.

  • If you pushed your project to Git, perform one of the following to git clone your project:
    • click Clone From Git in the Get Started page. if you don’t see Get Started page, you can access it by typing >get started in the center search bar
    • provide repository URL and finish cloning.
  • If you exported your project:
    • click Import in the Get Started page  and choose the exported .zip file.

Continue Working in SAP Business Application Studio

After importing the application in SAP Business Application Studio, you can continue your work in dev space as below:

  • You can continue connecting to the app configurations from your Mobile Services Neo landscape.
  • You can deploy your project to Mobile Services Neo landscape.

For more information, see Deploying the Project

  • If you want to deploy your project to Mobile Services Cloud Foundry landscape, make sure to first migrate the server side app configuration from Mobile Services Neo environment to Mobile Services Cloud Foundry environment as explained below:
    • If you did setup cloud connector in Mobile Services Neo subaccount to connect to your data sources, you need to do similar setup in Mobile Services Cloud Foundry subaccount.
    • If you had created the app configuration in Mobile Services (Neo), you need to migrate those configurations to Mobile Services Cloud Foundry subaccount.
      • export the config from app details page in Mobile Services cockpit (Neo)

Reset/rebuild your MDK client and re-onboard the app

This step is required only when you are migrating your Mobile Services app configuration from Neo to Cloud Foundry environment.

  • If you branded your connection settings into the MDK client using MDK SDK or cloud build service, you would need to re-create the client. Please follow below tutorials:
  • If you are using public store client (SAP Mobile Services client) or a more generic client that allows the user to scan a QR code to set the connection settings.
    • Reset your client by clicking Logout option in your app if it is present or uninstall and re-install the client
    • In Business Application studio, click to open it in MDK Application Editor and click Application QR code to populate the new QR code for app on-boarding.

    • Scan the new QR code from MDK client to onboard the app and pickup the application definitions that you deployed from Business Application Studio to Mobile Services.

I hope this guide was helpful for you in migrating MDK projects from SAP Web IDE to SAP Business Application Studio. You can now continue with your development and enhance your MDK app.

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      Author's profile photo Sergio Peña
      Sergio Peña

      Hello Jitendra Kansal,

      It is a great blog, it is very useful. I have some questions. I would like to know if the web ide disappears in the near future or will it remain in CF.

      I am very interested in this question. Thank you and congratulations,

      Best Regards,

      Author's profile photo Jitendra Kansal
      Jitendra Kansal
      Blog Post Author

      Sergio Peña

      Please have a look at this blog:

      Author's profile photo Joseph Sasikanth Reddy Byreddy
      Joseph Sasikanth Reddy Byreddy

      Hi Jitendra,

      I've tried to migrate one of our MDK applications from NEO to CF following the steps in the blog.

      But unfortunately facing an app update issue as below.


      Can you please let me know if there are an futher steps in continuation to this blog are to be executed.


      Author's profile photo Jitendra Kansal
      Jitendra Kansal
      Blog Post Author

      I have responded to your question, let's follow up there.