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Cross Application Navigation

What is Cross Application Navigation?

  • Cross Application Navigation is to navigate between different applications in the Fiori Launchpad without coming to the Home Page.
  • We can do this from a Custom Fiori app to a  Standard Fiori app. Alternatively, we can navigate from a Custom Fiori app to another Custom Fiori app in Fiori Launchpad.
  • This can be done in the On-premise Launchpad and the BTP Launchpad.


How to do Cross Application Navigation?

  • For any Fiori application, when launched from Fiori Launchpad, you can find the semantic object with the action separated by ““ in the Launchpad URL for that application. For example – for the “Manage Sales Orders” application, the semantic object name is ‘Sales Order,’ and the action name is ‘manage’ as shown in the screenshot below. 

Cross Application Navigation

  • If you want to launch the “Stock Multiple Materials” application, you can search the application in Fiori Apps Library and get the semantic object name “Material” and the action name “displayStockMultipleMaterials” from the “Target Mapping(s)” in the “Configuration” section. 

Cross Application Navigation

  • Now replace the semantic object name with “Material” and the action name “displayStockMultipleMaterials” in the URL to launch the “Stock Multiple Materials” application, as shown below.

Cross Application Navigation

  • So, to do a cross-application navigation, we need the semantic object and the action name of the target application.
  • We can trigger a target application by an event from a Fiori Application or a response inside a backend service call.
  • It is also important to assign the role to the user for the target application you want to navigate during cross application navigation.



The syntax for Cross-Application Navigation

  • The API used is the “ushell” API for Cross Application Navigation, and the “ushell” API is only available when your app is running in the Fiori Launchpad.

Cross Application Navigation

  • The “href” creates the required intent with # and semanticObject-action inside “target” for the URL.
  • xnavservice.toExternal” does the navigation to the target application.


Passing Values from One Application to Another During Cross-Application Navigation

  • For some Business Analytical Applications, customers want to navigate to another application to see some specific information without doing any filter. For example, in the Stock Multiple Material application, the user only wants to see the information for the material “ZTRAY01.”

Cross Application Navigation

  • To pass the value “ZTRAY01,” we can find the parameter name “Product” under “Target Mapping(s)” inside the “Configuration” section in the Fiori Apps Library 

  • In this instance, we can pass values with the parameters inside the “params.” 

Cross Application Navigation


Creating a Sample Application and Navigating to a Standard Application at the Click of a Button

  1. Create an application to enter a Material number in an Input box control and a Button control to submit the entered Material number.

Cross Application Navigation

 2. Run the application.

3. Enter the following code to the “handleSubmit” function in the controller file to do the Cross Application Navigation to the standard application “Stock Multiple Material”  and pass the Product or Material number in the “Product” parameter.

Cross Application Navigation

4. Now deploy the application to the on-premise system and create a Tile “Cross Application Navigation” during Launchpad Configuration.

Cross Application Navigation

5. Now click on the tile you created to launch the application.

6. Enter the material number “ZTRAY01” and click the “Submit” button. It will navigate to the “Stock Multiple Materials” application with the filter parameter “Product” and the value “ZTRAY01” and shows records for “ZTRAY01” material. We can also see the semantic object “Material” and action “displayStockMultipleMaterial” with the parameter “Product” and value “ZTRAY01” in the URL.

Cross Application Navigation


Cross-Application Navigation in BTP Launchpad

  • The Technique to navigate from one application to another in BTP Launchpad is the same as in On-premise. It works with the same semantic object and action.

Before deploying our application, we must do the “crossNavigation“ configuration to define the Semantic object name and the action under “sap. app” in the manifest.json file.

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Amrit is an SAP UI5 Fiori senior consultant, working as a Technical Lead at Mindset. He is an SAP UI5, Fiori, Javascript, HTML, CSS, JQuery, and SAP BTP guru. When not working, you will find him playing chess, traveling, and spending time with his family. Amrit enjoys hiking and exploring new places.

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