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AMDP - Client Handling

AMDP does not support implicit client handling. When accessing client-specific database tables or views in an AMDP method, the required client ID must be selected explicitly. Therefore, the parameter interface of an AMDP method must usually contain an input parameter for the client ID, and this must be used in a WHERE condition. Exceptions to this rule are explained in the note below.

Other versions: 7.31 | 7.40 | 7.54


  • Using an input parameter for the client ID is particularly advisable for AMDP function implementations of client-specific CDS table functions. In ABAP SQL reads, only the data of the current client or clients specified using USING CLIENT in the results set is respected by default. Selecting this precise data in the function implementation is recommended both for performance reasons and for making sure that the correct data is read.

  • CLIENT always contains the nominal value of the ABAP system field sy-mandt.

  • CDS_CLIENT contains the same value as CLIENT by default, but can be modified during the execution of an ABAP SQL statement by the addition USING CLIENT and in an AMDP method call from ABAP by the addition AMDP OPTIONS CDS SESSION CLIENT.
Access of this type should be used only if it is verifiable that an AMDP method is called only from ABAP and accesses exactly the data of this client ID. In other cases, the result is undefined. Therefore, it is usually recommended to use an input parameter to pass the required client ID to AMDP functions and use it as an access condition.

  • An exception to this rule is when reading CDS database views of client-specific CDS views whose client handling is defined by the annotation @ClientHandling.algorithm:#SESSION_VARIABLE. A database view of this type usually evaluates the session variable of the database that is mapped to the CDS session variable $session.client. In a SAP HANA database this is the HANA session variable CDS_CLIENT. If, in the implementation of an AMDP method, a WHERE condition selects a client ID other than that contained in the session variable CDS_CLIENT, the results set is empty in this case. For this reason, when a CDS database view of this type is accessed in the implementation of an AMDP method, no WHERE condition can be used for the client ID and the session variable must be set to the value in question instead. The addition AMDP OPTIONS CDS SESSION CLIENT can be used for this purpose in the declaration of the method with METHODS OR CLASS-METHODS. Without this addition, a syntax error occurs when a CDS database view of this type is accessed. However, this is only significant for general AMDP procedure implementations, which are called in the same way as normal methods in ABAP. In an AMDP function implementation that is used as a CDS table function in the ABAP SQL statement SELECT, the session variable can be set with the addition USING CLIENT. See the example for the option SESSION CLIENT.


The executable example of how to implement an SQLScript procedure demonstrates explicit client handling using an input parameter and using the ABAP-specific session variable CLIENT.