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SAP HANA XS Advanced, Connecting to SAP Web IDE and cloning a Git Repository to begin development

Connect to SAP Web IDE and Clone a Git Repository to create a Multi-Target Application
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jung-thomasThomas JungJanuary 27, 2021
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May 11, 2016


With XSA and HDI (SAP HANA Deployment Infrastructure), all design-time artifacts are stored in Git instead of the SAP HANA database. We need to setup the repository so development can be collaborative.

Check this series of blogs posts to get introduced to the basic concepts in XS Advanced development, such as Multi-target Applications and micro-services.

  • Step 1

    It is recommended that you map the development space to the default tenant in SAP HANA, express edition. Follow these instructions before getting started..

    By default, in SAP HANA, express edition, SAP Web IDE for SAP HANA can be accessed using https://hxehost:53075/. If you are using a different system, you can check the URL using command xs apps | grep webide in the XS Command Line Interface.

    User: XSA_DEV
    Password: The password provided when you set up HANA Express

    Log in to SAP Web IDE for SAP HANA
  • Step 2

    From a separate tab in the web browser, log into GitHub. If you do not have an account, proceed to create one by following the instructions to create and activate your account in the sign up button.

    Sign in or sign up to your GitHub account

    If you are setting up the repository for use beyond this tutorial, you may want to create an organization and invite other users to join your repository. Further information can be found on GitHub

    Alternatively, if you do not wish to create an account on GitHub, you can create a project by right-clicking on your workspace and following the wizard for Multi-Target Applications in New->Project from Template

  • Step 3

    Whether you have just activated a newly-created account or have been using GitHub disconnected from a HANA workspace, you may wish to create a new repository for this tutorial. If you already have a GitHub repository you would like to use, continue to Step 3.

    Follow the instructions in the New Repository option from the + menu in the upper right corner on

    New Repository

    Complete the form adding a name and description, make sure to tick Initialize this repository with a README and click on Create Repository.

    New Repository

  • Step 4

    Form the GitHub page, copy the URL of the repository from the Clone or Download menu

    Use the Clone or Download button from the right corner

    Return to the SAP Web IDE for SAP HANA. Right click on the Workspace and choose Clone Repository from the Git menu.

    Clone Repository in Web IDE

    SAP Web IDE for SAP HANA will request the Git URL to access the repository, which you have copied from GitHub:

    Repository Cloning parameters

    Enter authentication details:
    - User: <Your GitHub User ID>
    - Password: <You've guessed: Your GitHub password!>

    Tick the Remember me box so it will not ask again for the remainder of the session. If you receive a Git Ignore System Files message, please choose Do it later.

    If successful, you will see the repository folder in your workspace, which is now connected to the git repository.

    Git is cloned into SAP HANA Web IDE

  • Step 5

    Last, you need to configure the space for the repository you have just linked.

    Spaces enable applications to access shared resources that can be used to develop, deploy, and maintain applications.

    Right-click on the folder for the repository and select Project Settings

    Project Settings for Git repository

    Select the proper space (for HANA express, development) from the list of available spaces, or use the space setup by the System Administrator:

    Select development space

    If you cannot find an appropriate space, you may either lack the SpaceDeveloper role to one or may need to create one. By default, SAP HANA, express edition brings a development space that is implicitly mapped to the system database. If you are planning on using any of the advanced analytics features (such as Machine Learning), you need to map the space to a tenant database, such as the default one, HXE.

    Click Save.

    Open the GitHub pane using the menu bar on the right to complete the validation for this tutorial

    Open pane

    Mark the actions you see available under Git

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