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ABAP Editor : Hello World Program

ABAP Editor is used to create, edit and run the programs.

How to open ABAP Editor?
By navigating through the Folder structure on SAP Easy Access Pane (or) by entering the transaction ‘SE38’ in command field.

Navigating through folder structure.
Tools -> ABAP Workbench -> Development -> ABAP Editor

By using transaction technical name
You can open ABAP Editor by entering the transaction technical name ‘SE38’ in the command field.
Since we are going to use ABAP editor throughout the tutorial, add this as favorite. I already explained in my previous post ‘How to add a Favorite?’.

On you entered the transaction ‘SE38’ in command window, it opens the window like below.

Below image summarizes the important sections of ABAP Editor

Create Hello World Program
Enter the name of the program as ‘Z_HELLO_WORLD’ and press Create button.
All the custom programs must start with the letter ‘Z’ (or) ‘Y’.
Once you press ‘Create’ button, it opens below window.  Give some meaningful title to the application and select the type as ‘Executable Program’ and press Save button.

Once you press the Save button, it opens below window.
Click the ‘Local Object’. It opens the Editor.

As you see, by default program is in Inactive state. Update the program like below.


Write 'Hello World'.

Save the program by using CTRL + S. Activate the program and run the program.
First check the program for any syntax errors. If there are no syntax error, you will get ‘No Syntax Errors found’ message at the bottom of the window.
Now activate the program by clicking Activate button.
Now you can run the program. Once you run the program, you can able to see below window.
As you observe the title we had given is displayed in the title bar of the window and the content of Write statement is displayed in body of the window.

That’s it. You are done with the first steps of ABAP Programming. It is time to explore more about ABAP syntax.
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