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Create an HTTP Service

Create an HTTP Service

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August 2, 2020
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September 12, 2018
Create an HTTP service in the ABAP environment that can be called from the browser.

You will learn

  • How to create an HTTP service that can be accessed from a browser
  • How to return system data using a (whitelisted) ABAP utility class
  • How to expose the service for external consumption, by defining the necessary inbound communication artefacts
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  • IMPORTANT: This tutorial cannot be completed on a trial account

Important: If you are working in SAP S/4HANA:
ICF services are direct entry points into the ABAP system via the HTTP protocol. Implementing ICF services is a security-critical task with implications on the system and landscape configuration.

Therefore, to follow the best practices adopted by SAP internally, consider implementing your service as an OData service.

Step 1: Create an HTTP service
  1. Select a package and choose New > Other Repository Object from the context menu:

    Image depicting step-1a-new-repo-object
  2. Enter the filter text HTTP and choose Next:

    Image depicting step-1b-choose-HTTP-service
  3. Enter a Name:Z_GET_DATE_HTTP_XXX and Description:Get system date for your service and choose Next:

    Image depicting step-1c-name-service
  4. Choose or create a transport request:

    Image depicting step-1d-transport-request

The new HTTP service is displayed on a new tab. The handler class and URL are generated automatically, in the form:

Image depicting step-1e-new-service-created
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Step 2: Implement the handler class

Now, you will implement the handler class, starting with a simple text output.

  1. Open the handler class by clicking on the hyperlink:

    Image depicting step-2a-open-handler-class
  2. The structure of the class and the interfaces statement for IF_HTTP_SERVICE_EXTENSION are generated automatically.

  3. Go to the class implementation section and insert the following statement in the method:


    Image depicting step-2b-insert-method
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Step 3: Save and activate

Save (Ctrl+S) and Activate (Ctrl+F3) your class.

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Step 4: Test the service
  1. Go back to your HTTP Service. Test your service in the browser by clicking the URL link:

    Image depicting step-4-test-http-service
  2. If necessary, log in again. The preview open automatically in a new tab and display something like this:

    Image depicting step-4b-hello
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Step 5: Add system date to the method

Now you will add to the method by fetching the date from the back end first.

In the ABAP environment, you can only use whitelisted APIs. Therefore, you cannot use SY-DATUM. Instead, you call the appropriate method of the class CL_ABAP_CONTEXT_INFO.

You then cast this date variable to a string variable and output that as before.

Delete the statement response->set_text('Hello again!'). and add the following to your code:

DATA(system_date) = CL_ABAP_CONTEXT_INFO=>get_system_date( ).
DATA: text type string.

text = system_date.
response->set_text( text ).
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Step 6: Test the service again
  1. Save (Ctrl+S) and activate (Ctrl+F3) your class.
  2. Test your service by clicking the URL link again. This time, the preview should display something like this:

Image depicting step-6-system-date

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Step 7: Check code

Your code should look like this:

class Z_GET_DATE_HTTP_XXX definition
  create public .

public section.

protected section.
private section.


      DATA(system_date) = CL_ABAP_CONTEXT_INFO=>get_system_date( ).
      DATA: text type string.

      text = system_date.
      response->set_text( text ).
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Step 8: Create an inbound Communication Scenario

You will now create the artefacts you need to allow other systems to call your service compliantly. This involves some overhead for one consumer; however, the advantage is that you can add several consumer systems, or users (for example, with different authentication) pointing to the same HTTP service, wrapped in the same Communication Scenario.


First, create the Communication Scenario.

  1. Select your package, then choose New > Other Repository Object… from the context menu.

  2. Add the filter scen, then choose Communication Scenario, then choose Next.

  3. Add a Name: Z_WRAP_HTTP_INBOUND_XXX and Description, choose a transport request, then choose Finish.

Your Communication Scenario appears.

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Step 9: Add the HTTP service
  1. On the Inbound tab, choose Add….

  2. IMPORTANT: Choose Browse. You cannot simply enter the name. Then add a filter, such as Z_HTTP, select your service, then choose Finish.

  3. Your service appears. Choose Publish Locally.

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Step 10: Create Communication Arrangement
  1. Open the dashboard for your system. You can find the URL for the dashboard by selecting your system (that is, ABAP Project in Project Explorer), then choosing Properties > ABAP Development from the context menu.

  2. From Communication Management, choose Communication Arrangement. Then choose New.

  3. Choose your scenario, Z_WRAP_HTTP_INBOUND_XXX from the drop-down list. Accept the default (identical) Arrangement name.

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Step 11: Create Communication System
  1. From the Dashboard Home screen, choose Communication Systems.

  2. Enter the name of your Communication Arrangement, then for Communication System, choose New.

  3. Enter a System ID and Accept the default (identical) System name, then choose Create.

  4. In Technical Data > General > Host Name, enter Dummy. Leave the other defaults and choose Save.

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Step 12: Create Communication User
  1. Scroll down to Users for Inbound Communication, then create a new user by choosing the + icon.

  2. Choose New User and the Authentication Method: User name and password.

  3. Enter a name and description, then choose Propose password, then choose Create > OK > Save.

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Step 13: Save Communication Arrangement
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Step 14: Test yourself
What is the correct syntax to Implement the method `IF_HTTP_SERVICE_EXTENSION~HANDLE_REQUEST`
so that it returns the current user name (`UNAME`), not the system date. Choose only one option.

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