Everything you need to know about SAP ABAP Unit Test

SAP ABAP Unit Test is a feature in the SAP Advanced Business Application Programming (ABAP) environment that allows developers to create and run unit tests for their code. This promotes better code quality, readability, and maintainability. Let’s delve deep into the concept:


  • ABAP Unit is SAP’s native framework for creating and executing unit tests in the ABAP development environment.
  • Unit tests are designed to test individual parts (units) of the software, typically at the method or function level.
  • It allows developers to test individual units of code, such as methods, function modules, and subroutines. This can help to identify and fix bugs early in the development process, and improve the overall quality of the code.

Purpose of ABAP Unit Test

  • Quality Assurance: Ensures that individual units of source code are working as expected.
  • Refactoring Security: Allows developers to make changes to the codebase without fear of unintentionally introducing errors.
  • Documentation: Unit tests can serve as documentation because they demonstrate how certain functionality is expected to work.

How It Works

  • ABAP Unit tests are written in the ABAP language itself.
  • The tests are generally located in the same development object or class they’re testing, but they are clearly separated from the actual implementation.
  • The tests can be executed in the ABAP development environment. The system provides instant feedback on whether the tests pass or fail.

Key Concepts

  • Test Classes: These are special classes in ABAP where unit tests are defined. They typically end with the suffix _UT.
  • Test Methods: These are methods inside test classes that contain the actual test logic. They are marked with the addition FOR TESTING.
  • Test Fixtures: Methods that set up a consistent test environment before each test run. They are often used to initialize data or configurations needed for the tests.
  • Assertions: Used to check if a particular condition is met. If an assertion fails, the test fails.


  • Immediate Feedback: Developers receive immediate feedback after making changes, allowing for quicker debugging.
  • Consistency: Helps in maintaining consistency across the development environment as all developers can run the same tests.
  • Reduces Bugs: By catching issues early in the development process, it can significantly reduce the number of bugs in the production environment.
  • Facilitates Collaboration: Makes it easier for teams to collaborate as they can rely on tests to ensure the integrity of their code.

Best Practices

  • Isolation: Unit tests should be isolated and independent. The result of a test should not be dependent on whether other tests pass or fail.
  • Granularity: Test only one aspect or behavior at a time.
  • Automate: Ideally, run unit tests as part of an automated build or integration process.
  • Consistency: Ensure that unit tests are consistently maintained and updated as the codebase evolves.


  • Unit tests in ABAP or any language are not a substitute for other testing levels like integration tests or end-to-end tests.
  • They don’t typically interact with external systems like databases or third-party services, so while they can ensure a function works as expected in isolation, they can’t guarantee broader system functionality.

Creation in ABAP

  • Local Test Classes: Within the ABAP environment, developers can create local classes (within programs or global classes) to write unit tests. These are typically nested within the main program or global class.
        DATA: lt_key       TYPE TABLE OF /bobf/t_frw_key,
              lt_messages  TYPE TABLE OF symsg_tab,
              lv_error_msg TYPE string.
      METHOD setup.
        CLEAR lt_key.
        CLEAR lt_messages.
      METHOD teardown.
        " Clean up if necessary
      METHOD test_send_outbproxy_success.
        DATA: lt_key TYPE TABLE OF /bobf/t_frw_key,
              ls_key TYPE /bobf/t_frw_key.
        " Prepare input data
        ls_key-key = 'B7036E6334A61EEE96EC134C77E96235'.
        APPEND ls_key TO lt_key.
        " Call the method being tested
        CALL METHOD send_outbproxy
            it_key      = lt_key
            et_messages = lt_messages
            ev_error    = lv_error_msg.
        " Assertions
        cl_abap_unit_assert=>assert_equals( act = lv_error_msg
                                            exp = ''
                                            msg = 'Expected no error message for success.' ).
        cl_abap_unit_assert=>assert_equals( act = lines( lt_messages )
                                            exp = 1
                                            msg = 'Expected one message in the message table for success.' ).
        " Add more assertions based on your specific success criteria.
      METHOD test_send_outbproxy_error.
        DATA: lt_key TYPE TABLE OF /bobf/t_frw_key,
              ls_key TYPE /bobf/t_frw_key.
        " Prepare input data
        ls_key-key = 'InvalidKey'.  " Simulate an invalid key
        APPEND ls_key TO lt_key.
        " Call the method being tested
        CALL METHOD send_outbproxy
            it_key      = lt_key
            et_messages = lt_messages
            ev_error    = lv_error_msg.
        " Assertions
        cl_abap_unit_assert=>assert_not_equals( act = lv_error_msg
                                                exp = ''
                                                msg = 'Expected an error message for invalid input.' ).
        cl_abap_unit_assert=>assert_equals( act = lines( lt_messages )
                                            exp = 1
                                            msg = 'Expected one message in the message table for error.' ).
        " Add more assertions based on your specific error criteria.

    In this example:

    • The setup and teardown methods are used for initialization and cleanup.
    • test_send_outbproxy_success and test_send_outbproxy_error are test methods.
    • In each test method, you prepare the input data (lt_key), call the method being tested (send_outbproxy), and then perform assertions to check if the method behaves as expected for success and error cases.

    You can adjust the assertions and test data based on your specific requirements and the behavior of the SEND_OUTBPROXY method.

  • Methods: Within these classes, specific methods are marked with the addition FOR TESTING to indicate they are test methods.
  • Assertions: Inside the test methods, you use ABAP statements like ASSERT or ASSERT_EQUALS to validate the expected outcomes.

Test in ADT and ABAP SE24

  • ADT (ABAP Development Tools): This is essentially the Eclipse-based IDE for ABAP. Developers can write and execute unit tests directly from here.
  • SE24: This is the Class Builder in the SAP GUI. You can create global classes, which include your test classes and test methods, and execute them directly from this transaction.

Checkman T Code in SAP

  • CHECKMAN is the T-code for the Code Inspector, a tool for static code analysis in the SAP environment.
  • It helps in identifying performance issues, security vulnerabilities, and violations of coding conventions.
  • While it’s not directly a unit testing tool, it’s vital for ensuring code quality and adherence to best practices.

Execute Unit Test in ABAP

  • After writing the unit tests, they can be executed directly from the ABAP environment.
  • When you run the unit tests, ABAP provides a detailed log of which tests passed and which failed.
  • For any failed test, you get an error message pointing out the assertion or the line of code causing the failure.

ABAP Coverage

  • Test coverage in ABAP measures the amount of your codebase that’s tested by unit tests.
  • The ABAP Test Cockpit and ABAP Development Tools in Eclipse provide insights into which lines of code, methods, or classes have been executed during the tests.
  • This is crucial because high test coverage often correlates with fewer bugs, though it’s not a guarantee of software quality by itself.

ATC Errors during ABAP Unit Test

  • ATC (ABAP Test Cockpit): It’s a central tool for developers to check the quality of their ABAP code.
  • While executing unit tests, you might come across ATC errors. These could be due to a range of issues, from syntax errors to violations of best practices or custom checks defined in your SAP environment.
  • Addressing ATC errors ensures your code is not only functionally correct but also adheres to established coding standards.


The ABAP Unit Test framework is a powerful tool in the SAP development toolkit. When used effectively, it can greatly enhance code quality, reduce debugging time, and ensure smoother deployments. Like all testing methodologies, it’s most effective when used in conjunction with other testing and quality assurance practices.


  • Barry Allen

    A Full Stack Developer with 10+ years of experience in different domain including SAP, Blockchain, AI and Web Development.


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