Create your Mobile Development Kit (MDK) app in SAP Business Application Studio

You might have already seen the announcement about availability of SAP Business Application Studio on SAP’s Multi-Cloud environment (Cloud Foundry). Following this release,  SAP released a trial for SAP Business Application Studio ( in the SAP Cloud Platform trial account).  If you have not yet subscribed yet, follow this post. 

SAP Business Application Studio is a next generation, tailor made development environment available as a service on SAP Cloud Foundry which offers a modular development for business application for SAP Intelligent Enterprise.

You can now create and modify your Mobile Development kit (MDK) applications in SAP Business Application Studio. 

Setting Up the MDK Editor in SAP Business Application Studio (Cloud Foundry) 

When you create a new Dev Space, select “SAP Cloud Platform Mobile Services”.  This space contains capabilities to create Mobile Development Kit based apps. (Same Dev space type supports development for Mobile Cards and Mobile Backend Tools (MBT)) 

Once space is created, click start icon to start. Once started, click on the space name to enter into development environment.

Note: (If you are on trial – You are allowed a maximum number of 2 dev spaces, and only 1 can be run at a time.)

 Creating a New Project (Cloud Foundry)

Click “New project from template” in Welcome page to get started with MDK development.

(In case if you don’t see Welcome page, Go to View Menu > Find Command >type Welcome)

In April (2004) release, we support

  • MDK Templates
    • Empty
    • Base
    • List-Detail
    • CRUD

Features supported by Mobile Development Kit editor in SAP Business Application Studio are similar to the features supported by Mobile Development Kit extension for Visual Studio Code.

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Migrate MDK Project from SAP Web IDE (NEO) to SAP Business Application Studio (CF)

You can easily migrate your MDK metadata project from SAP Web IDE to SAP Business Application studio.

  • Download MDK project from SAP Web IDE
  • Unzip it , drag & drop it to BAS project explorer
  • Right click on > MDK:Deploy

If you use a git repository to store your MDK application you can also just clone the repo directly into your dev space.

For help with the supported MDK features in the SAP Business Application Studio please refer to the documentation here.

High-Level Roadmap*:

Additional MDK features that are planned for the SAP Business Application Studio environment include:

  • Visual Editors similar to SAP Web IDE (Layout, Actions, etc.)
  • New template – Mobile Transaction Bridge

*This is the current state of planning and may be changed by SAP at any time.

New to MDK development?

Follow these tutorials to learn more about Mobile development kit:


Jitendra Kansal

Product Management, SAP Cloud Platform Mobile Services