Parameter Types #

There are four parameter types of BAPIs:

  • Imports
  • Exports
  • Changings
  • Tables

BAPI-Parameters

All value fields marked with * are required fields and must be filled.

Each Import, Export and Changings parameter can have one of the following representations:

  • a scalar field (e.g., characters, date, time, number, amount etc.)
  • a structure consisting of several components
  • a table - an array of structures of the same type

Note: See section Setting Input and Output Values for more details.

Structures

A structure is a component of data objects of any data type with a set of keys. Each key has a single associated value.

Structures are named as follows, depending on the data object type:

  • Flat structures contain components with elementary data types (e.g., char, integer, float) and assume scalar values.
  • Nested structures contain at least one substructure. All components and sub-components are flat.
  • Deep structures contain at least one deep component, such as table, at any nesting level.

Bapi-Structures

Imports #

Imports represent the input values sent from the client to SAP. Within the tab Imports you can define import parameters that can be presented as scalar values or structures. BAPI import parameters To use the filtering function, enter text in the headers of the columns Name and Description.

Exports #

Exports represent the output values sent from SAP back to the client after execution of a function module. Within the tab Exports you can define export parameters that can be presented as scalar values or structures. You can select an Export for an output by marking the checkbox in the output column. BAPI export parameters To use the filtering function, enter text in the headers of the columns Name and Description.

Changings #

Changings represents parameters that can be used for input and output. Within the tab Changing you can define import and export parameters. Changing combines importing and exporting functions.

Tables #

Tables contain parameters in a table structure consisting of multiple rows. Tables can be used for input and output.

Within the tab Tables you can define table parameters for importing and exporting into and from an SAP BAPI. Tables, in this case, represent a structure of multiple rows of the same data type. BAPI table To use the filtering function, enter text in the headers of the columns Name and Description.

Note: Only five tables are available for parallel exporting.

  1. Mark the checkbox in the output column (1) to determine the table used for output.
  2. Drop-down lists (2) in the column value show the defined tables in your Alteryx workflow that can be used as an input table (see Setting an input value).
  3. Click [X] (3) to clear the values.
  4. Click Search (glasses symbol) (4) to display the metadata of the selected table including the name and the data type of all fields. BAPI meta-data