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Table of Content:

S.No Topics
1. Prerequisites
2. Overview
3. ABAP CDS Entities

a. Defining ABAP CDS Views
b. Defining ABAP CDS Table Functions

4. ABAP CDS Access Control
5. Notes
6. More Blog's (Follow)
7. Credits


This blog is continuation of my previous blog:

ABAP Core Data Services - Introduction (ABAP CDS view) in which a detailed introduction is given about the Core Data services.

Before, start reading this I would request you to go through above mentioned blog for better and smooth understanding.

In this blog we'll start about the ABAP Core Data services.


Before we Start...


SAP NetWeaver Releases

  • SAP NetWeaver 7.5 SP01, or higher

  • No specific database is required, but SAP HANA DB is recommended

Development Environment

  • It's recommended to use the latest version of ABAP Development Tools for SAP NetWeaver (in short: ADT).You can download the latest available ADT plugin from the update site

SAP Gateway

  • SAP Gateway is properly configured in your ABAP system for activating and testing the resulting OData service. More on this on the SAP help portal: SAP Gateway Foundation Developer Guide.


To reproduce the steps described in above guide, the user on SAP NetWeaver Application Server with the following roles assigned is required:



  • /IWFND/RT_DEVELOPER (for SAP Gateway service development).

Hoping, all the above mentioned prerequisites are setup.


Let's Start !!



After the introduction of CDS in SAP HANA, SAP realised CDS can be introduced with ABAP application server which will allow ABAP to benefit from the enhanced capabilities that are offered by the data definition language of CDS compared to the form based ABAP Dictionary tool. So, SAP introduced ABAP CDS views in ABAP 7.40 SP05 release. Since the ABAP Dictionary already had the capabilty of defining tables, views and data types, the natural way of introducing CDS on the ABAP application server was to add it to the ABAP Dictionary. An ABAP Development Tools (ADT) based source code editor allows us to create Data Definition Language(DDL) sources in Eclipse or SAP HANA studio.

An ABAP-based CDS plays a significant role in the foundation of SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA). A large set of CDS artifacts — several thousand of CDS views — consisting of several hundred thousand lines of ABAP code, has been intoduced by SAP to represent the underlying core data model of the SAP S/4HANA solution. The standard ABAP CDS views, ERP tables and views can be reused in custom CDS views in ADT source editor.

The main motivation behind using ABAP CDS views from ABAP 7.50 SP00 where most of all the functionalities has been introduced for SAP S/4HANA is to provide a semantic layer on top of the traditional physical SAP ERP tables, which often act as physical data containers on the database and have a very complex inner structure which, in most cases, cannot be evaluated without traditional ABAP processing. The semantically rich data modeling provided by CDS enables this layer in SAP S/4HANA facilitating simplified, efficient access to the underlying data.


ABAP CDS Entities

ABAP CDS provides a framework for defining and consuming semantic data models on the central database of the application server AS ABAP. The specified data models are based on the data definition language (DDL) and the data control language (DCL) which are managed by ABAP Dictionary. So, a CDS entity or the enhancement of a CDS view is defined as source code in the CDS data definition.

To define an ABAP CDS entity, you first need to create a DDL source as the relevant development object with which you can use the standard functions of the ABAP Workbench – such as syntax check, activation, or connecting to the Transport Organizer. A CDS entity is defined in the text-based DDL editor of ABAP Development Tools in Eclipse/SAP HANA studio.

The following types of ABAP CDS entities are supported:

Defining ABAP CDS Views

A CDS view is defined for existing database tables and views, or for other CDS views in ABAP Dictionary, using the ABAP CDS statement DEFINE VIEW. A CDS view serves to define the structure of an SQL view and represents a projection onto one or several Dictionary tables or Dictionary views.

Note:- SQL views and CDS entities are part of one and the same namespace. Therefore, you must assign different names for an SQL view and the entity.

Figure 1: Defining the CDS view in the DDL editor.

In figure:1 the CDS entity ZCDS_VIEW defines a projection onto the database tables scustom. The generated SQL view (ZcdsView) comprises the ID, the name, and the city of all entries.

Post Activation

After activating a CDS view, the following objects are created in ABAP Dictionary:

a). The actual CDS entity (Zcds_View)

b).  An SQL view (ZcdsView).


Defining ABAP CDS Table Functions

A CDS table function is defined using the ABAP CDS statement DEFINE TABLE FUNCTION and can be used as the data source in Open SQL read statements.

Each CDS table function includes the following components:

  • The actual CDS entity of the table function that is generated in the ABAP Dictionary.

  • The CDS table function implementation (ABAP class library).

Note:- In contrast to the CDS views, the CDS table functions can be implemented using Native SQL. This implementation is done within an AMDP method of an AMDP class and is managed as an AMDP function by the AMDP framework in the database system.

Figure 2: Defining and Implementing CDS table functions.

Note:- The name of the implementing AMDP method can only be specified in a single CDS table function (1: 1 relation).


Example 1:- Table Function Definition. 

In the following listing, a client-specific ABAP CDS table function TAB_FUNCTION_EXAMPLE is defined using the DDL syntax. This table function declares two input parameters clnt (with the predefined value: #CLIENT) and carrid, and a list of elements that provide the return values of the AMDP method that implements the table function. The table function is associated with the AMDP class CL_EXAMPLE_AMDP, where the method GET_FLIGHTS is used to implement the table function.
@ClientDependent: true
@AccessControl.authorizationCheck: #NOT_REQUIRED
define table function TAB_FUNCTION_EXAMPLE

with parameters @Environment.systemField: #CLIENT
clnt:abap.clnt, carrid : s_carr_id
returns {
client : s_mandt;
carrname : s_carrname;
connid : s_conn_id;
cityfrom : s_from_cit;
cityto : s_to_city;


implemented by method CL_EXAMPLE_AMDP=>GET_FLIGHTS;


Example 2:- Table Function Implementation.

The public ABAP class (AMDP class) in this example provides the AMDP method get_flights, which serves as the implementation of the table function tab_function_example. As with any other AMDP class, cl_example_amdp must implement the marker interface IF_AMDP_MARKER_HDB. The AMDP method get_flights implements the data selection using Native SQL code.
class cl_example_amdp definition public.

public section.
interfaces IF_AMDP_MARKER_HDB.
class-methods get_flights for table function tab_function_example.

protected section.
private section.

class cl_example_amdp implementation.

method get_flights by database function
for hdb
language sqlscript
options read-only
using scarr spfli.
RETURN SELECT sc.mandt as client,
sc.carrname, sp.connid, sp.cityfrom, sp.cityto
FROM scarr AS sc
INNER JOIN spfli AS sp ON sc.mandt = sp.mandt AND sc.carrid = sp.carrid
WHERE sp.mandt = :clnt AND
sp.carrid = :carrid
ORDER BY sc.mandt, sc.carrname, sp.connid;



ABAP CDS Access Control

ABAP CDS enables access control based on a data control language (DCL). Access control in ABAP CDS further restricts the data returned from a CDS entity in ABAP CDS.

ABAP CDS access control is based on the following:

  • CDS roles are defined using the DCL statement DEFINE ROLE. Currently, a CDS role is mapped to each user implicitly. This is why they are also known as mapping roles.

  • Access conditions defined in a CDS role CDS entities. Access conditions can be the following:

    • Literal conditions that compare elements of a CDS entity with literal values.

    • PFCG conditions that associate elements of a CDS entity with authorizations in the SAP authorization concept.

If a CDS role is defined for a CDS entity, the access conditions are evaluated implicitly each time an object is accessed using Open SQL or using an SADL query (unless access control is disabled using the value #NOT_ALLOWED for the annotation @AccessControl.authorizationCheck. If access control is enabled, only that data comes which meets the access conditions.

Each CDS role is defined a separate piece of CDS source code. This CDS source code can only be edited in the ABAP Development Tools (ADT). When activated, the CDS role is characterized as a global internal object in ABAP Dictionary. The CDS source code of a CDS role is edited in a different editor from the CDS source code of a CDS entity (CDS view or CDS table function).

Imagine we have written a nice CDS view, e.g. as follows:
@AbapCatalog.sqlViewName: ‘Z_T100_SABDEMOS’
@AccessControl.authorizationCheck: #CHECK.

define view z_t100_sabapdemos
as select from t100
{ * } where arbgb = ‘SABAPDEMOS’

Now, we can create a CDS role (as shown below) in a DCL source code for above view.
@MappingRole: true

define role role_name {
grant select on z_t100_sabapdemos
where ( arbgb ) = aspect pfcg_auth ( s_develop, objname,
objtype = ‘MSAG’,
actvt = ’03’ )
and sprsl= ‘E’ ; }

Now a question comes in mind:

What does this harmless looking code snippet using DEFINE ROLE can do?

CDS role adds an additional selection condition, a so called access condition, to a CDS view! If you access a CDS view that is mentioned in a role, It implicitly consider the access conditions defined in each role.

In our case:

  • literal condition sprsl=’E’ restricts access to English only.

  • A so called PFCG condition aspect pfcg_auth ( s_develop … ) connects the CDS role to a classical authorization object s_develop and from that the CDS access control runtime generates an access condition that evaluates the authorizations of the current user for that object. Here, a predefined aspect pfcg_auth connects the authorization field objname to the view field arbgb. Additionaly, the user’s authorization is checked if it complies with fixed values for authorization fields objtype and actvt.

Note: If you don’t want any access restriction, you must decorate your view with the annotation @AccessControl.authorizationCheck: #NOT_ALLOWED. Then and only then CDS roles are ignored.


Post activation

When you activate a DCL source, SAP NetWeaver AS for ABAP generates the authorization views and fills the access control management tables with the required metadata. The roles are characterized as global internal objects in the ABAP Dictionary.


  • Once created, CDS views can be used in ABAP programs using Open SQL read statements.

  • A CDS database view is created for each CDS view and this database view supports only transparent tables, which means that pooled tables and cluster tables cannot be accessed using CDS views.

  • For CDS views, CDS view enhancements are a separate way of making enhancements without making modifications.


To keep the focus on core objective (Core Data Services) of this blog, I tried to make it as small as possible.

Suggestions and questions are welcomed !!

Thank you.


ABAP CDS Development User Guide

Enhanced ABAP Development with Core Data Services (CDS)

ABAP CDS Access Control