CI / CD for SAPUI5 on SCP NEO with GitLab

SAP describes how you have to configure Jenkins for deploying to SCP. This is very similar for GitLab as both systems just run OS scripts on your server. The most import part of this tutorial is the script for deploying to SCP:

install the MTA archive builder

mkdir -p ${WORKSPACE}/tmp/mta
cd ${WORKSPACE}/tmp/mta
wget –output-document=mta.jar ”

install neo command line client

mkdir -p ${WORKSPACE}/tmp/neo-java-web-sdk
cd ${WORKSPACE}/tmp/neo-java-web-sdk
wget ‘’
unzip -o

create local npmrc file

cd ${WORKSPACE}/src
cat < .npmrc

extract artifact name

cd ${WORKSPACE}/src
mtaName=awk -F: '$1 ~ /^ID/ { gsub(/\s/,"", $2) gsub(/\"/,"", $2) print $2 }' mta.yaml

replace timestamp placeholder

sed -ie “s/\${timestamp}/date +%Y%m%d%H%M%S/g” mta.yaml

execute MTA build

java -jar ${WORKSPACE}/tmp/mta/mta.jar –mtar ${mtaName}.mtar –build-target=NEO build

deploy to SAP Cloud Platform

${WORKSPACE}/tmp/neo-java-web-sdk/tools/ deploy-mta –user ${CI_DEPLOY_USER} –host ${DEPLOY_HOST} –source ${mtaName}.mtar –account ${CI_DEPLOY_ACCOUNT} –password ${CI_DEPLOY_PASSWORD} –synchronous

I just had to convert the script to powershell (from the best-practice guide of SAP) because I’m working on a windows server. Besides converting the script, I also installed the required tools on my server. Otherwise the GitLab Runner would have to download it every time we want to deploy. As I have access to the server, I can just install the required tools. This will also speed up the build and deployment process.

Prepare the GitLab runner

Prepare the gitlab runner by installing the tools on the runner.

Download the following tools:

MTA builder:

I copied both tools to a newly created “tools” folder in the GitLab Runner folder on my windows server:

Here I have my mta builder jar file and all the NEO files for the deployment:

The MTA builder can also be downloaded at the bottom of the same page.

Next to that, I’ve installed npm on the server.

By installing the tools on the runner upfront, will speed up the CI process and simplify the CI script.

Prepare the UI5 app

Next to the tools, we also need to prepare our project for the CI process. The CI process will deploy our project as an MTAR file on SCP. For this, we need to add a mta.yml file to our project. The mta.yml file has all the required configuration that the MTA builder needs to build and generate the MTAR file.

The mta.yml file is very basic for a UI5 app only and looks like this:

_schema-version: “2.0.0”
ID: “”
version: 1.0.1

hcp-deployer-version: “1.0.0”


name: “”
type: html5
path: .
version: 1.0.1-${timestamp}
builder: grunt
build-result: dist

The file can have different parameters depending on the target platform. Our target platform is NEO.

We just added this yml file in our main UI5 project. This means that we can use the path “.” for the UI5 app.

The “${timestamp}” will be replaced by the CI process to always have a unique version of the app.

Configure the CI/CD Process

We need to configure the CI/CD process and therefore we need to add and configure the GitLab CI yml “.gitlab-ci.yml” file to our UI5 project.

The steps are similar but the technology behind is different. I replaced the build grunt task with the MTA build. The deployment grunt task is replaced with the NEO CLI. The CI/CD script for the MTA build and NEO CLI is based on the script from the SAP best practices guide. I just made it easier by downloading the required tools upfront.

I also left out the step for unit testing, all the others stay the same like in my previous blog:

  • Initialization
  • This will load the required npm modules and store them for the other steps
  • For storing these npm modules, I’m using the syntax “artifacts”
  • Linting tests
  • This will check for errors in the project, it will stop the flow in case of any error
  • It’s based on the same linting that’s being used in the SAP Web IDE
  • Calls grunt task lint. Normally this task doesn’t stop in case of errors. I wrapped a task around it to check the result of the lint task. If I find an error in this result of the lint task, it will stop the process
  • Build
  • This time the build step won’t be a grunt task, it will trigger the mta builder which will run the grunt build task on its turn. The MTA builder will do more than only build the app, it will also wrap it into an mtar file.
  • The mta builder triggers the grunt build task because this is defined in the mta.yml file in the build parameters “builder: grunt”. It will trigger the default task which is configured to be the build task.
  • Before we run the MTA builder, we get the current timestamp and store it as a variable in a temporary file. We use the timestamp as part of the name for the generated mtar file. This file will be deployed to SCP and that’s why we need to store it.
  • The MTA builder requires the target platform, we use NEO for this but could also be CF.
  • Deploy
  • This step is completely grunt free. It’s using the NEO CLI for deploying the mtar file to SCP NEO.
  • It will first read the timestamp from the stored location.
  • Trigger the deployment with the correct parameters
  • The deploy command requires your SCP user, password, host (eu, us, .. ) and account.

Here you have an example of the full GitLab CI yml file:

image: node:latest


  • init
  • validation
  • build
  • deploy


  • echo $env:CI_BUILD_REPO
  • echo $env:CI_BUILD_NAME
  • echo $env:CI_PIPELINE_ID
  • echo $env:CI_PIPELINE_IID
  • echo $env:CI_COMMIT_REF_SLUG
  • echo $env:CI_PROJECT_PATH
  • echo $env:CI_PROJECT_DIR
  • whoami

stage: init
– npm install
– grunt –verbose clean
– node_modules/

stage: validation
– grunt -d -v fiori-test
– init-ci

stage: build
– $date = Get-date -UFormat ‘%Y%m%d%H%M%S’
– echo $date
– if (Test-Path build\variables) { Remove-Item build\variables}
– New-Item -ItemType Directory -Force -Path build
– New-Item build\variables -ItemType file
– echo $date >> build\variables
– (Get-Content mta.yaml).replace(‘${timestamp}’, $date) | Set-Content mta.yaml
– java -jar C:\gitlabrunner\tools\mta.jar –mtar build\tmp-$($date).mtar –build-target=NEO build
– build/

stage: deploy
– $date = Get-Content build\variables | Out-String
– $date = $date.Trim()
– echo $date
– C:\gitlabrunner\tools\neo.bat deploy-mta –user %SCP_USER% –host %SCP_HOST% –source build\tmp-$($date).mtar –account %SCP_ACCOUNT% –password %SCP_PWD% –synchronous
– build-app
– master


The grunt script contains the tasks that we need for the code validation and build steps. The build task is defined as the default task and will be used by the MTA builder.

It’s basically the same grunt script as it’s been generated by the SAP Web IDE with the SAPUI5 best practice task. I only added a task that will check the eslint result to stop the build in case of eslint errors.

Here you have the grunt script:

/* global process:true */
“use strict”;
module.exports = function (grunt) {
// Variables from environment

// Project properties
var webAppDir = “webapp”;
var targetDir = “dist”;

// Project configuration.
// grunt.initConfig({
var config = {
eslint: {
options: {
configFile: “.eslintrc.js”
target: [webAppDir + “/*/.js”]
}; //);




grunt.registerTask(“check-lint”, “Check validation”, function () {
var validation = grunt.file.readJSON(targetDir + “/di.code-validation.core_issues.json”),
hasErrors = false;
for (var check in validation.results) {
grunt.log.writeln(“Result for: ” + check);
for (var file in validation.results[check].issues) {
validation.results[check].issues[file].forEach(function (error) {
if (error.severity === “error”) {
grunt.log.error(error.path + “(” + error.line + “,” + error.column + “) : ” + error.message).error();
hasErrors = true;
if (hasErrors) {‘Errors found during code validation’);

grunt.registerTask(“fiori-test”, [“lint”, “check-lint”]);
grunt.registerTask(“buildapp”, [“build”]);
grunt.registerTask(“default”, [“build”]);



CI/CD Global variables are just a bit different:


You should have added at least the “mta.yaml” file and “.gitlab-ci.yml” to your project (marked in red). If you also want to use the eslint check in your pipline, you also need to add the eslint config and modify the gruntfile (marked in orange).


Deploying the app as an MTAR file means that it won’t be deployed the same way as you’re used to with UI5 apps. Instead of a new HTML5 app, it will be deployed as a solution.

When all steps are finished, you can find the app in SCP.

Go to solutions, the UI5 app will show up when the deployment is finished:

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