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Difference between Eclipse and SAP Web IDE

Updated Jun 12, 2018

SAP UI5 Tool for Eclipse vs SAP Web IDE

SAP UI5 Tool for Eclipse:

SAP recommends the use of eclipse environment only for simple use cases or experienced developers. For any other purpose, it is recommended by SAP to use SAP Web IDE.


SAP recommends the use of Web IDE environment for developing SAPUI5 complex apps using the latest innovations and technology, developing and extending SAP Fiori apps and developing mobile hybrid apps.

SAP Web IDE is a web-based environment which can be extended with plugins and templates.

SAP Web IDE is used for following:

  • Develop new SAPUI5 and SAP Fiori apps.
  • Extend SAP Fiori apps.
  • Develop SAPUI5 mobile hybrid apps (HAT plug-in).
  • Extend SAP Web IDE with new plug-ins and templates.

A user can choose between these two environments taking into account the SAP recommendations stated above.

Although at the moment SAP support SAPUI5 Eclipse tools but for developing Fiori and SAPUI5 application SAP recommends SAP Web IDE as new capabilities for SAPUI5 and SAP Fiori development are planned to be supported only with SAP Web IDE.