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SAP Tech Bytes: btp CLI – new home for configuration

Be informed about updates to where the btp CLI configuration is stored by default.

This post relates directly to the SAP Tech Bytes: btp CLI – managing configuration post, and provides a brief update to the information in there.

Latest version

Since that post, the btp CLI has gone through a number of updates. One of these updates has been to where configuration is stored (and looked for) by default. This is independent of your runtime environment; while the previous post showed an example in the SAP Business Application Studio (App Studio), this update applies to all contexts where you run the latest version of the btp CLI.

At the time of writing, according to the information in the canonical home for the btp CLI, the latest version of the btp CLI is 2.14.0:


This is also what the getbtpcli script reports (see SAP Tech Bytes: btp CLI – installation for more on this utility):

; getbtpcli --test
Version is 2.14.0

New location

The main btp CLI configuration is stored in a file called config.json. There are sometimes other files that contain configuration too, and these, along with config.json, are stored by default in a directory called .btp/.

In the past, the default location for this .btp/ directory was in a .cache/ directory in your home directory. So for me, while working in my local dev container, would have been, previously:

# /home/user
; tree .cache/.btp
|-- autocomplete
|   `-- scripts
|       `--
`-- config.json

(here you can see examples of other files alongside config.json).

There is now a new default location.

Instead of .cache/, the default location for .btp/ is now  .config/. So now it looks like this:

# /home/user
; tree .config/.btp
|-- autocomplete
|   `-- scripts
|       `--
`-- config.json

This is a great move because it aligns with the XDG Base Directory Specification which I mentioned in the previous post.

New environment variable

Not only has the default location changed from .cache/ to .config/, but also the environment variable that you can set to tell the btp CLI where your configuration is, has changed too.

Previous it was SAPCP_CLIENTCONFIG. This reflected the name of the btp CLI at the time (sapcp).

It is now BTP_CLIENTCONFIG, which reflects the current name of the btp CLI of course.

My configuration location

As I mentioned in the SAP Tech Bytes: btp CLI – managing configuration post, I like to organise my configuration directories within my XDG_CONFIG_HOME location (i.e. $HOME/.config/) according to the name of the tool or utility, but as normal directories, rather than hidden ones (the period at the start of the .btp/ directory name means that it is to be treated as a hidden directory).

This is what the contents of my $HOME/.config/ directory looks like:

; ls .config
./ btp/ g/ htop/ procps/ tmuxinator/
../ configstore/ gcloud/ kitty/ ranger/ vim/
asciinema/ docker/ gh/ lf/ so/ weechat/
autocomplete/ exercism/ gitui/ newsboat/ stack/ yamllint/

Note that my btp CLI configuration directory is not hidden, i.e. it’s btp/ rather than .btp/. That’s my personal choice, and I use the BTP_CLIENTCONFIG environment variable to tell the btp CLI that this is where I have my configuration:

Moving over

If you’re still using SAPCP_CLIENTCONFIG, don’t worry – there’s a grace period; the btp CLI will still honour the use of this environment variable, to give you time to change over to BTP_CLIENTCONFIG. But I’d encourage you to do that soon!

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