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Author's profile photo Olga Dolinskaja

How to configure ABAP Test Cockpit (ATC) in the cloud

The SAP BTP, ABAP environment offers you by default some predefined ATC check variants. For example, the check variant ABAP_CLOUD_DEVELOPMENT_DEFAULT contains the ATC checks, which will be used, if you just run ATC in ABAP development tools for Eclipse over your custom code in your cloud-based ABAP system.

You can also display and change existing ATC check variants, create new variants or implement your own ATC checks in ABAP development tools for Eclipse. See also the blogs How to create and use your own ATC check variant in ABAP Development Tools for Eclipse and How to create your own ATC check in ABAP Development Tools for Eclipse for more details .

But surely beyond this you may want to configure the ATC according to your needs for example, set your default ATC check variant, adjust the ATC check messages priorities, set priority levels that block or interrupt transport releases and so on.

The SAP Fiori app ABAP Test Cockpit Configurator allows you to maintain ATC configurations for the cloud based on ATC check variants. For more information how to provide access to users and how to implement this app, see the SAP Help Documentation ABAP Test Cockpit Configurator.

View and maintain ATC configurations

Open the ABAP Test Cockpit Configurator App by clicking on it. All available ATC configurations in your ABAP system in the SAP BTP, ABAP environment are listed, and the active configuration is checked. You can any time click the respective “>” button and adjust an ATC configuration.

As you see from this example already 3 ATC configurations were created and one of them is checked as Active:

Create a new ATC configuration based on an ATC check variant

Let’s create a new ATC configuration based on the default ATC check variant for cloud ABAP_CLOUD_DEVELOPMENT_DEFAULT. To do so click the Create button, enter the Name and select the ATC check variant ABAP_CLOUD_DEVELOPMENT_DEFAULT:

Press Create button:

Change priorities of ATC check messages

Here you can (if needed) change the messages priorities of the ATC checks. This configuration will be then valid for all ATC runs in the system (not only for the ATC runs with the default ATC check variant of the active configuration).

Use the Search field to search for the check class or message code you want to edit.

Click Edit button and use the drop-down menu to change a priority of a message:

Don’t forget to save your changes:

Configure transport settings

For developments in SAP BTP, ABAP environment

You can also configure the behavior at transport release using the Transport Settings, for example in order to prevent release of transport requests at ATC errors of certain priorities:

Consequently, while trying to release a transport request containing the source code with ATC findings in the ABAP development tools for Eclipse, developer will get the corresponding error message, for example:

For developments in private cloud (or on-premise) systems using remote ATC in SAP BTP, ABAP Environment

If you are a developer in private cloud (or on-premise) system and use remote ATC in SAP BTP, ABAP environment for quality checking (so-called developer scenario, see also the blog How to use ABAP Test Cockpit (ATC) in the cloud as a developer in an on-premise system ) then ATC transport settings must be configured in your local system.

See SAP Help Portal documentation Setting up ATC Transport Checking for more details.

Set your ATC configuration as active

If you now want to use your adjusted ATC configuration as active just select it in the ATC configurations list and click the Set as Active button:

Now all ATC runs in the system will be executed under consideration of this active configuration.

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      Author's profile photo T. KASI SURYANARAYANA MURTHY

      Hi Olga,

      Thanks for the blog. Is it possible to create a Check Variant in BTP ABAP using "in Reference Check System" option (similar to SCI tcode in on-prem) which is another BTP ABAP system rather than using locally available checks.

      I tried in ADT but it doesnt show me an option to use Reference Check system. 

      PS: Basically I am trying to use ATC on Cloud as Central ATC check system for both on-premise and other BTP ABAP Systems. I guess the question I should ask is if it is possible to use ATC on Cloud as Central check system for other BTP ABAP systems.



      Author's profile photo Olga Dolinskaja
      Olga Dolinskaja
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Kasi,

      it is not currently planned to use the central ATC system on SAP BTP for management of the SAP BTP ABAP Environment systems. We recommend using CI/CD (ABAP environment) pipelines.

      Kind Regards,


      Author's profile photo Ian Stubbings
      Ian Stubbings

      Hi Olga

      That's an interesting answer. So, all BTP ABAP development systems would have a local ATC setup to service each individual CI/CD pipeline rather than the Central Cloud ATC being used as a single place for all systems to connect to.