Preface – This post is part of the ABAP Programs series.
In this article, you will learn how to convert xstring to pdf in abap and how to use GUI_DOWNLOAD Function Module to perform pdf download in ABAP.
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In our previous article we have uploaded a PDF file. To view it click here. Now we will be Downloading that file into our system. To do that we need to convert the XSTRING file into a PDF file. The program shown below uses Function Module GUI_DOWNLOAD to download the file and Function Module SCMS_XSTRING_TO_BINARY to convert the XSTRING File to a Binary file which is further converted to a PDF file using GUI_DOWNLOAD Function Module.
Program to Download PDF in ABAP
Parameters: p_fname type z1127582_upload-filename lower case, p_path type string lower case. Data: gs_store_file type z1127582_upload, xstr_content type xstring, gt_content type standard table of tdline, len type i, str_fname type string. Start-of-selection. select single * from z1127582_upload into gs_store_file where filename = p_fname. xstr_content = gs_store_file-file_content. "Convert xstring/rawstring to binary ITAB call function 'SCMS_XSTRING_TO_BINARY' exporting buffer = xstr_content importing output_length = len tables binary_tab = gt_content. . if sy-subrc <> 0. message 'Unable to convert xstring to binary' type 'E'. endif. str_fname = p_fname. call function 'GUI_DOWNLOAD' exporting bin_filesize = len filename = p_path filetype = 'BIN' tables data_tab = gt_content exceptions file_write_error = 1 no_batch = 2 gui_refuse_filetransfer = 3 invalid_type = 4 no_authority = 5 unknown_error = 6 header_not_allowed = 7 separator_not_allowed = 8 filesize_not_allowed = 9 header_too_long = 10 dp_error_create = 11 dp_error_send = 12 dp_error_write = 13 unknown_dp_error = 14 access_denied = 15 dp_out_of_memory = 16 disk_full = 17 dp_timeout = 18 file_not_found = 19 dataprovider_exception = 20 control_flush_error = 21 others = 22. if sy-subrc <> 0. message 'Unable to download file from SAP' type 'E'. endif.
Initially, we have defined variables in two parts:
- Parameter: p_fname is the name of file and p_path stores location of file
- gs_store_file, gt_content, len, xstr_content: data related to file i.e. where file will be store, how the content will be stored, length of the file and type of content.
Function Module used:
What exactly is stored in the table that will be accessed by the Function Module to perform PDF download in ABAP:
- PDF file location
- PDF file name
- File type
- File X-STRING Data [This is the actual file that is converted in x-string]
Later on we have called different Function Modules. We have added respective comment in the code itself.