SAPUI5 – Hybrid App Tutorial

There are enough tutorials flooded in the internet about SAPUI5. But in that crowded articles, it is very difficult to find a good one on Hybrid App. Hopefully, this article would give you a good overview to kick start your Hybrid App development journey.

Pre-requite :- Cordova to be installed in your system.

Question 1:- We have a Fiori client; what is the use of the Hybrid App?

Answer:- Hybrid Apps can be used to connect various rest services (out of the box SAP implementation). Use SAPUI5 as front end and get data from the different services and hardware.

Question 2:- Does it run on multiple platforms?

Answer:- Code once in WebIDE and deploy it to any android, ios or windows os mobiles.

Question 3:- Advantages and Disadvantages?


  1. Code once and generate installables for multiple platforms
  2. Millions of plugin support available


  1. Dependent on other web platform services to release new version updates
  2. Need to re-import and change the code, say version 1 to 1.2 with bugs fix and deploy again to web platform services to distribute to end users

Question 4:- How to Create a Hybrid Application?

Step1:- Open WebIDE and create a sample application displaying Hello world and export it as a zip file.

Step2:- Run the following commands

Step3:- Extract the web app content which you zipped from WebIDE in step 1 to www folder in you local machine.

Download the “resources” from tools.hand.ondemand on paste it in the www folder created above.

Step4:- Copy all content from above www folder to the android/platform_www and run the below command

Step5: Distribute the Installer to any web platform distributors after signing.

Once the App is installed, it would look like below.

And when you open the app, it would welcome you with Helloworld.

I know, it is too basic an app. But we need to learn the walk before we plan to sprint. So, play around. Try to put some more features in the app and see how it looks in the mobile device. The more you tinker with your custom Hybrid SAPUI5 app, the more you would learn.