SAP UI5 - Theming

The UI theme designer is a browser-based tool that allows you to develop your themes by modifying one of the theme templates provided by SAP.

Example − You can change the color scheme, or add your company's logo. The tool provides a live preview of the theme while you are designing.

Apply your corporate branding and look to applications built with SAP UI technologies. The UI theme designer is a browser-based tool for cross-theming scenarios. Use it to easily build your corporate identity themes by modifying one of the theme templates provided by SAP. For example, you can change the color scheme, or add your company's logo. The tool is targeted at different user groups, including developers, visual designers, and administrators.

Supported Platform

  • SAP NetWeaver as ABAP (via UI Add-On 1.0 SP4)
  • SAP NetWeaver Portal (7.30 SP10 and higher version)
  • SAP HANA Cloud (Planned)
  • SAP NetWeaver Portal (7.02 Planned)

Key Features and Benefits

  • Browser-based, graphical WYSIWYG editor − Changes the values of theming parameters and immediately sees how it affects the visualization of the selected preview page.

  • Built-in preview pages − Select built-in preview pages to see what your custom theme will look like when it is applied to an application −

    • Application previews (Example: Purchase Order Approval, SAP Fiori Launchpad)

    • Control previews

  • Different levels of theming

    • Quick theming (basic cross-technology theme settings)

    • Expert theming (technology-specific theme settings)

    • Manual LESS or CSS editing

  • Color palette for reuse − Specifies a set of parameters with the main color values defining your corporate branding.

  • Cross-technology theming − Create one consistent theme that applies to various SAP UI clients and technologies −

    • SAPUI5 standard libraries (including SAP Fiori applications and SAP Fiori Launchpad)

    • Unified Rendering technologies (such as Web Dynpro ABAP and Floorplan Manager)

    • SAP NetWeaver Business Client

SAP UI Client UI parts can be themed
Web Dynpro ABAP

You can theme applications that do not use the following UI elements:

  • HTMLIsland
  • HTMLContainer
  • Chart
  • FlashIsland
  • SilverlightIsland
  • BusinessGraphics

You can only consume themes created with the UI theme designer for Web Dynpro ABAP applications as of SAP NetWeaver 7.0 EHP2

Floorplan Manager for Web Dynpro ABAP (FPM) You can theme applications that do not use HTMLIslands or Chart UIBBs
SAPUI5 You can theme SAP Standard libraries. Custom SAPUI5 libraries cannot be themed
SAP NetWeaver Business Client (NWBC)

NWBC for Desktop (4.0 or higher): You can theme NWBC shell and overview pages (index page, new tab page, service map).

NWBC for HTML (3.6): You can theme the service map. The shell cannot be themed.

How to Call a Theme Designer in SAP Fiori?

Step 1 − Login to SAP Fiori Front-End server. You can use T-Code: Theme Designer or use shortcut as shown in the following screenshot and login.

SAP Easy Access

Step 2 − Once you login, you will have all the default templates provided by SAP for Theme Designer. Select the default theme and click Open.


Step 3 − Enter the Fiori Launchpad link and Name of the application and click Add.

Add Target Content SAP UI5 Target

Step 4 − From the right side of the screen panel, you can select Color, Font, Image and other properties. You can edit colors as shown in the following screenshots.

Custom Blue Crystal Preview

Step 5 − To save the Theme, you can click the Save icon as shown in the following screenshot. You also have an option for save and build option.

Save Theme

Once you click Save and Build, it will start saving and when completed, you will get a confirmation message - Save and Build completed.

Save and Build

Step 6 − To get the link of this Custom Theme, use T-code as shown in the following screenshot −

Fiori Server

Step 7 − Select the Theme that you have created and click the Info tab.

Info Tab

Step 8 − Use Ctrl+Y to copy the URL from the screen and make a note of this.


Supported Themes

These are the default themes that are shipped with UI5 −

  • Blue Crystal
  • Gold Reflection
  • Mobile Visual Identify
  • High Contrast Black
Supported Theme

Chart Types

There are various chart types in sap.viz.ui5 charting library that can be used to represent the business data. Following are some CVOM chart types- Column, Bubble, Line, Pie, etc.

 Chart Types CVOM Charts