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How to view Address in Address Dictionary


We have a address cleansing requirement.

My client wants to know, if there a way to view address maintained in BODS Address Dictionaries.

Could anyone help me on this.

Appreciate your help.

Thank You


Satheesh M

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  • Jun 12, 2015 at 05:42 PM

    You don't say specifically what country you are looking to query the referential data. 

    Data Services does provide a utility for the United States data called Showa.exe and Showl.exe to allow users to query the address line data (showa) or the last line data (showl) for the US data.  It will not let you see the protected data (dpv and the other data that is not allowed to reside outside of the United States) that the USPS provides as the license agreement doesn't allow for it.  If you search the Knowledge Base for "Showa" or "ShowL" you will find older Knowledge base Articles on the command line Showa and ShowL utilities still shipped with Data Services today. 

    If you are looking for a different country, then the Idea Place is still your best bet as a tool is not available today.  Just be aware that this isn't necessarily as easy a request as it would sound, as the tool would need to ensure that the appropriate licensing agreements are maintained, and it may not be possible for all countries.  But it is certainly a valid request that product management should be aware is being requested. 

    Thank you,


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    • Check out the Data Services Reference Guide.  There is a section in that guide on how to set up the showa and showl utilities as well as how to use them.

      For the other countries you will need to go to the idea place.



  • Jun 05, 2015 at 08:17 PM

    Very useful indeed but not possible as far as I know.

    Try your luck at

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  • Jun 08, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Hello Sathesh,

    The function you are asking for is not possible as the vendors, from whom SAP obtains the address data, protect their products via strict license agreements.

    Thank you,

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