SAP Business Application Studio offers import and export features within the development space.
These features can be used to keep several versions of your modeling content, and reimport all or part of this content if needed. They're also useful for quick sandboxing, moving content from one development space to another.
Additionally, import/export can be used to share in a simple way your modeling content with another developer. For example, when a series of synonyms to external database objects have been defined in your project, you can easily share the synonyms definitions with another developer by sending the relevant design-time files for synonyms.
Correspondingly, you can import an individual file or an archive.
Exporting Modeling Content
An export of modeling content can be executed at different levels of a project structure, and applied to either a single file or a folder. After selecting a file or folder, you use the File → Download feature. You can also right-click the file or folder and choose Download in the context menu.
A single design-time file is exported/downloaded as is, with the source file name and extension.
A folder within the project structure (up to the project folder itself) is exported/downloaded as a .tar archive.
To export an entire project opened as a workspace, you can right-click the blank area below the file structure and choose Download. You can also choose all the files and folders under the root of the project and choose File → Download.
Several files and/or folders can be selected and exported/downloaded as a single .tar archive.
Importing Modeling Content
Corresponding to the export, you can either import an individual file or a .zip or .tar archive. Three features are available for that:
- Drag and drop from your file system into the Explorer view. Archives such as .zip and .tar files are not extracted. This can be done in command line in a terminal window.
- Upload Files (from the File menu) and Explorer view context menu. Archives are not extracted.
- Import (from the Welcome page) or Import Project(from the File menu). .zip and .tar archives will be extracted.CautionIf the content you import is an entire project, for example a
proj1.tararchive, you need to open the
projectsfolder first, so that the imported project becomes a child of that folder:
After importing a project, you need to open its root folder as a workspace, or to add to a multiroot workspace. Please refer to the lesson, Creating a Project in SAP Business Application Studio.