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Is SAP UI5 Free even user license


I have created a SAP UI5 application and the no of users are 450 for this application.

We will have to give these users access to gateway system.

My question is - will we have to pay for user licenses fee?

I keep hearing that UI5/Firori is free but if we have to pay for user licenses than its not free.


Yogesh Gupta

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  • Oct 23, 2015 at 05:43 PM


    Is used under MIT license. i.e you can use the code but you cannot modify its library code

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    • Hi,

      there seem to be some misunderstandings about SAPUI5 and OpenUI5.

      The latter does not replace the former. They both exist (and are to a large degree identical).

      • OpenUI5 is Open Source and free and can be used to create any kind of app. SAP does not care what backend you use, something to pay or not, from any company.
      • SAPUI5 is not Open Source, but neither is it something you can buy. It comes for free for customers that have a certain sort of SAP license anyway because they decided to use an SAP backend (e.g. NetWeaver license, I don't know the details), .

      So there is no way that anyone has to pay for the UI5 user interface.

      And if someone chooses to use UI5, they are totally free to choose which free or non-free backend to use. As you may know, UI5 can talk to any kind of backend - OData (which is an open standard) or plain JSON/XML data.

      Probably the answer below from Gabriel is the best one for your situation, but I wanted to clarify about the OpenUI5 and SAPUI5 licensing.



  • Oct 23, 2015 at 09:19 PM

    Hello Yogesh,

    the way I understand it: your 450 UI5 users will need access to SAP Gateway as long as their task is to model oData services... but that is usually not the case.

    Usually UI5 users are End-Users of your UI5 application. This UI5 application consumes OdataService generated by one SAP Gateway application (one license).

    I hope it helps,


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