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ABAP File Interface

The statements of the ABAP file interface allow you to use ABAP statements to edit files on the computers of the current application server. For files located on presentation servers, function modules or global classes can be used.

Other versions: 7.31 | 7.40 | 7.54


  • Files from the application server are not usually suited as persistent repositories of data from application programs. Data is saved in a way specific to the platform, and only the current application server can be accessed. This can be a problem in systems with more than one application server.

  • Files from the application server can be used to exchange data with other systems.


Physical and Logical File Names

Authorization for File Access

Locking Files

File Interfaces and Unicode

System Class for the File Interface

Statements for the ABAP File Interface