How to Install NWDS for PI/PO

Let’s discuss how to install and set up NWDS version 7.5 for PI/PO development. Although this is a simple guide on how to set up NWDS, it will be helpful for PI/PO developers who only worked with PI/PO swing clients and for people who are new to PI/PO space.

Follow the steps below to install NWDS and configure it for PI/PO development.

Step 1 – Download Netweaver Development Studio

Download NWDS from SAP marketplace using a S-user. The file size of the latest 7.5 SP11 version I downloaded is about 2 GB.

To download NDWS 7.5 Go to link https://launchpad.support.sap.com/#/softwarecenter and follow,

By Alphabetical Index (A-Z) -> N -> SAP NETWEAVER -> SAP NETWEAVER 7.5 -> Click on the blue “SUPPORT PACKAGES AND PATCHES” button at the top right corner -> DEVELOPER STUDIO -> NW DEVELOPER STUDIO 7.5

Download NWDS from the SAP Support Packages and Patches
Download NWDS from the SAP Support Packages and Patches

 

Download NWDS from the SAP marketplace using S user access
Download NWDS from the SAP marketplace

 

Step 2 – Install JDK

Download and install JDK. I have installed JDK version 1.8.0_162.

 

Step 3 – Configure eclipse.ini

We need to configure the .ini file with the javaw.exe file location. Usually this file is under C:/Program Files/Java/<JDK version>/bin folder. Find the location where JDK is installed in your local machine if you can’t find it in the default location.

Edit the .ini file in notepad and assign the javaw.exe file location as shown below. I have highlighted the lines I added to the eclipse.ini file.

Configure eclipse .ini file with JDK path
Configure .ini file with JDK path

 

Configure eclipse .ini file with JDK file path
Configure eclipse .ini file with JDK file path

 

Step 4 – Configure NWDS Connections

Now configure NWDS connections preference to your PI/PO server.

Go to Process Integration > Change Preferences  > PI Tools Configuration > Connections and add a new connection.

PI Tools Configuration - Add Connections in Eclipse preferences
PI Tools Configuration – Add Connections

Assign the URL in format http(s)://<host>:<port number>.

Add connection to Eclipse PI Connections: PI/PO URL and Name
Add connection to Eclipse PI Connections

 

Step 5: Connect Your PI/PO Server from NWDS

Using the “Connect” button connect to the new PI/PO server added in previous step.

Connect to PI/PO server from NWDS
Connect to PI/PO server from NWDS

To access ESR and ID perspectives use the menu path Windows -> Perspective -> Open Perspective -> Other

Access Enterprise Service Repository (ESR)

To access ESR perspectives use the menu path Windows -> Perspective -> Open Perspective -> Other -> Enterprise Service Repository

ESR perspective of Eclipse based NWDS
ESR perspective of NWDS

Access Integration Directory (ID)

To access ID perspectives use the menu path Windows -> Perspective -> Open Perspective -> Other -> PI Explorer

Now you can carry out developments directory in NWDS, and objects will be reflected in swing clients.

If you have any questions of how to install NWDS for PI/PO development, please leave a comment below.

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