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Upload XLSX file in WebDynpro ABAP and view its content


You can see many posts in WebDynpro ABAP Form about reading an Excel file and showing its content in a WebDynpro ABAP Table, however many of them would be closed unanswered since it was not directly possible.

Now it is possible with this interesting and collaborative project ABAP2XLSX!!! Way to go guys for innovative thinking by starting this project!!!


  1. Install SAPLINK 1.4 or higher version
  2. Import and activate needed plug-ins for DDIC , Function Group, Dev Class, Interfaces , WebDynpro ABAP or
  3. Import most important Plug-in ABAP2XLSX Installation guide
  4. An XLSX excel file with some data.
  5. Join ABAP2XLSX and SAPLINKGroup for more updates on these awsome discoveries and

Create a WD Component with File upload UI Element:

  1. Create a WD Component in SE80 with a window and a view
  2. In View controller, create a node” upload_content” and an attribute “file_content” to store Uploaded Excel file data in XSTRING format.
  3. Create a File Upload UI Element and bind its datasource property to XSTRING attribute. WD View.jpg
  4. Create a Button and assign an action upload to it, when an excel file will be uploaded
  5. And here comes the magical code to read the excel 2007 (.xlsx) file.


Method OnActionUpload.

METHOD onactionupload .
DATA lo_nd_upload_content    TYPE REF TO if_wd_context_node.
DATA lo_el_upload_content    TYPE REF TO if_wd_context_element.
DATA ls_upload_content       TYPE wd_this->element_upload_content.
DATA: lo_componentcontroller  TYPE REF TO ig_componentcontroller,
lo_current_controller   TYPE REF TO if_wd_controller,
lo_view_controller      TYPE REF TO if_wd_view_controller,
lo_message_manager      TYPE REF TO if_wd_message_manager .
DATA: excel                   TYPE REF TO zcl_excel,
lo_excel_writer         TYPE REF TO zif_excel_writer,
  reader                  TYPE REF TO zif_excel_reader.
DATA: worksheet               TYPE REF TO zcl_excel_worksheet,
highest_column          TYPE zexcel_cell_column,
highest_row             TYPE int4,
column                  TYPE zexcel_cell_column VALUE 1,
col_str                 TYPE zexcel_cell_column_alpha,
row                     TYPE int4               VALUE 1,
value                   TYPE zexcel_cell_value.
DATA: ex                      TYPE REF TO zcx_excel,
msg                     TYPE string,
lv_highest_row          TYPE string,
lv_highest_column       TYPE string,
lv_rowdata              TYPE string,
lv_rownumber            TYPE string.

lo_current_controller ?= wd_this->wd_get_api( ).
lo_message_manager = lo_current_controller->get_message_manager( ).
lo_view_controller = wd_this->wd_get_api( ).

*   navigate from <CONTEXT> to <UPLOAD_CONTENT> via lead selection
lo_nd_upload_content = wd_context->get_child_node( name = wd_this->wdctx_upload_content ).

*   get element via lead selection
lo_el_upload_content = lo_nd_upload_content->get_element( ).

*   get all declared attributes
static_attributes = ls_upload_content ).

CREATE OBJECT reader TYPE zcl_excel_reader_2007.
excel = reader->load( ls_upload_content-file_content ).

worksheet = excel->get_active_worksheet( ).
highest_column = worksheet->get_highest_column( ).
MOVE highest_column TO lv_highest_column.
highest_row    = worksheet->get_highest_row( ).
MOVE highest_row TO lv_highest_row.
CONCATENATE 'Highest column: ' lv_highest_column  'Highest row: '  lv_highest_row INTO msg.
CALL METHOD lo_message_manager->report_message
message_text = msg.

CLEAR lv_rowdata.

WHILE row <= highest_row.
WHILE column <= highest_column.
col_str = zcl_excel_common=>convert_column2alpha( column ).
ip_column = col_str
ip_row    = row
ep_value = value
CONCATENATE lv_rowdata value INTO lv_rowdata SEPARATED BY space.
column       = column + 1.
CLEAR msg.
MOVE row TO lv_rownumber.
CONCATENATE 'Row# ' lv_rownumber ' Data = ' lv_rowdata INTO msg.
CLEAR lv_rowdata.
CALL METHOD lo_message_manager->report_message
message_text = msg.
column = 1.
row = row + 1.

CATCH zcx_excel INTO ex.    " Exceptions for ABAP2XLSX
CLEAR msg.
msg = ex->error.

*  report message
CALL METHOD lo_message_manager->report_message
message_text = msg.



Sample Excel file Content

Excel File.jpg

Sample WebDynpro ABAP Application accepting xlsx file:

WDA Application.jpg

Output :

WDA Application Output.jpg


Happy programming!!!!

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