How to install SAP GUI for Java and Eclipse ADT on M1 Macbook
Recently I tried install SAP GUI for Java 7.7 into my M1 Mackbook Air. I’d like to share the steps.
Standard JDK doesn’t support M1 chip yet. We need find other ways for java JDK
1. Open JDK : https://openjdk.java.net/
2. SAPMachine: https://sap.github.io/SapMachine
I have installed both JDK, and both of them are working to install SAP GUI and Eclipse. You may choose one of the JDK to go ahead, simplest way is with OpenJDK.
Install Open JDK
for my testing the latest version of Open JDK can be used for SAP GUI client, suggest to install from Homebrew:
$ brew install openjdk
After installation, check java and java home
$ /usr/libexec/java_home -V $ java --version
Install SAPMachine (alternative)
download SAPMachine from https://sap.github.io/SapMachine, choose the MacOS aarch64 version SAP Machine 17 to download
After download, you can open the file and copy the content to local folder, for example : /opt/jdk , structure like below:
Next , edit .zshrc file and add java home and path for SAPMachine
$ open ~/.zshrc
Append below information to the open file
export JAVA_HOME=/opt/jdk/sapmachine-jdk-17.jdk/Contents/Home export PATH="/opt/jdk/sapmachine-jdk-17.jdk/Contents/Home/bin:$PATH"
Now check the java version , it come to SAPMachine now:
Note : you can also use Homebrew to install SAPMachine as well. but I noticed the homebrew installed version is for X64 instead of AArch64
SAP GUI for Java
In early version of SAP GUI for Java, we need install Open JFX to support the user interface of SAP GUI installation. which means you need set the Module path of JFX at the Installation Option step. I understand in the late version of SAP GUI for Java 7.5 and the new 7.7, SAP Machine and JFX are embedded in the installation files, you don’t need install Open JFX now.
So it’s a out of box installation and you just follow the installation guide step by step:
Navigate to the installation file path and run java command:
$ java -jar PlatinGUI-MacOSX-7.70rev1.jar
Note: I noticed the dmg file under installation path cannot be used , it might because of the M1 Chip difference with Intel Chip.
You will see the installation guide screen and go ahead
you can leave it no change in this screen or choose your own location
Ideally you could see success screen below:
Find SAP Icon from Apple Launchpad, and double click
Create a new connection, configure from Advanced tab , and put the connection string like below:
replace host name/IP and systemName with your system value.
please ref this good article for connection string detail:
Now you can login to enjoy your SAP GUI for java
Eclipse and ADT plugin
Eclipse supportes the M1 chip now, you may download the latest version (2021-09) from official website.
I would suggest to install through homebrew:
$ brew install --cask eclipse-java
After installation , you can find it from Apple Launchpad and run from there:
Note: Eclipse use it’s own JRE to start the IDE. You can also point to other JDK to start Eclipse by changing the info.plist file , uncomment the -vm parameter.
After install ADT successfully, you can create a new ABAP project by choosing the SAP instance which configured in SAP GUI for Java
Follow the steps to create the ABAP Project, you are OK to use Eclipse ADT to connect to SAP instance.
Run SAP GUI for Java and Eclipse ADT is more and more easy nowadays on Apple Laptop. Basically it is out-of-box installation and you will feel almost no difference than on Windows.
Hope you enjoy your SAP journey on Apple M1 laptop !