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Difference between SE16 and SE16N Transaction Codes

Updated Jun 03, 2024

SE16 vs. SE16N

Feature SE16 (Data Browser) SE16N (Enjoy Table Display)
Interface Classic Origninal SAP interface Modern and user-friendly "Enjoy" interface
Availability Library Catalogue  Online version
Field Selection Manually add/remove fields to display Fields displayed automatically (both technical and descriptive names)
Search Functionality Basic search capabilities Offer advanced search options
Overall Usability Less user-friendly  More user-friendly
Functionality Full functionality for browsing, filtering, and searching data Full functionality: features depends on the specific SAP versions

Key difference between SAP Transaction Codes SE16 and SE16N:

  • T-code SE16 is the "original" library catalog, while t-code SE16N is the more modern and user-friendly online version that lets you browse the same books (data tables) with better user interface.
  • In t-code SE16, the name of the variant for all users is used. However, in t-code SE16N, several users can create an option of the same name but with different content.
  • In other words, the variant XXX can be created by both user A and user B. You can delete Variant in SE16N by entering the table name>Goto Variant>Press Delete, while eliminating the variant make sure that you select delete option "In all clients."

SE16 T-code in SAP

  • T-code SE16 is a SAP t-code allows you to view data stored in different fields in tables. 
  • T-code SE16 is a data browser, and it is used to view the contents of the table, and we cannot change or append new fields to the existing structure of the table as we cannot see the structure level display using the SE16.
  • T-code SE16 is a standard SAP transaction

SE16N T-code in SAP

  • T-code SE16N (general table display) is an improved version of the old data browser (SE16). It looks a bit different from the old “data browser” functionality (SE16).
  • T-code SE16N is an Enjoy Transaction. Enjoy Transaction is nothing, but having some graphics and look is entirely different from the standard transaction. 
  • You can see technical names and descriptions for fields. The results are displayed in the ALV grid format.
  • The variants of SE16N provide more flexibility than the options of SE16.


T-code SE16N is just a better upgraded verion of t-code SE16. The basic difference between both the t-code os that t-code SE16 is a original library catalog, while SE16N is the more modern and user-friendly online version that lets you browse the same books (data tables) in better user interface.


    • 12 Jul 2012 6:05 am krishna Helpful Answer
      se16 u can view only tables, u cannot view the structure tables
    • 24 Nov 2015 5:43 pm Guest Helpful Answer

      it converts the currencies like CLP correctly... you don't have to divide by 100

    • 30 Jan 2014 5:19 am Hemanth

      same we can view only tables