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    Fiori Drafts

    This section describes which events occur in combination with SAP Fiori Drafts.



    See Advanced > Draft-based Editing for an overview on SAP Fiori Draft support in CAP.

    Editing Drafts

    When users edit a draft-enabled entity in the frontend, the following requests are sent to the CAP Java backend. As an effect, draft-specific events are triggered, as described in the following table. The draft-specific events are defined by the DraftService interface.

    Draft-enabled entities have an extra key IsActiveEntity by which you can access either the active entity or the draft (inactive entity).

    Request sent by Fiori frontend Event name Default implementation
    POST DraftService.EVENT_DRAFT_NEW Creates a new empty draft. Internally triggers DraftService.EVENT_DRAFT_CREATE.
    PATCH with key IsActiveEntity=false DraftService.EVENT_DRAFT_PATCH Updates an existing draft
    DELETE with key IsActiveEntity=false DraftService.EVENT_DRAFT_CANCEL Deletes an existing draft
    DELETE with key IsActiveEntity=true CqnService.EVENT_DELETE Deletes an active entity and the corresponding draft
    POST with action draftPrepare DraftService.EVENT_DRAFT_PREPARE Empty implementation
    POST with action draftEdit DraftService.EVENT_DRAFT_EDIT Creates a new draft from an active entity. Internally triggers DraftService.EVENT_DRAFT_CREATE.
    POST with action draftActivate DraftService.EVENT_DRAFT_SAVE Activates a draft and updates the active entity. Triggers an EVENT_CREATE or EVENT_UPDATE event on the affected entity.

    You can use these events to add custom logic to the SAP Fiori draft flow, for example to interact with drafts or to validate user data.

    The following example registers a @Before handler to fill in default-values into a draft before the user starts editing:

    @Before(event = DraftService.EVENT_DRAFT_NEW)
    public void prefillOrderItems(DraftNewEventContext context, OrderItems orderItem) {
        // Pre-fill fields with default values

    The DraftService.EVENT_DRAFT_CREATE is an internal event that is not triggered by Fiori directly. It can be used to set default or calculated values on new draft instances, regardless if they were created from scratch (DraftService.EVENT_DRAFT_NEW flow) or based on an existing active entity (DraftService.EVENT_DRAFT_EDIT flow).

    For more examples, see the Bookshop sample application.

    Activating Drafts

    When you finish editing drafts by pressing the Save button, a draft gets activated. That means, either a single CREATE or UPDATE event is triggered to create or update the active entity with all of its compositions through a deeply structured document. You can register to these events to validate the activated data.

    The following example shows how to validate user input right before an active entity gets created:

    @Before(event = CqnService.EVENT_CREATE)
    public void validateOrderItem(CdsCreateEventContext context, OrderItems orderItem) {
        // Add validation logic

    After a draft is activated, it’s deleted from the database.

    Working with Draft-Enabled Entities

    When deleting active entities that have a draft, the draft is deleted as well. In this case, a DELETE and DRAFT_CANCEL event are triggered.

    To read an active entity, send a GET request with key IsActiveEntity=true, for example:

    GET /v4/myservice/myentity(IsActiveEntity=true,ID=<key>);

    Likewise, to read the corresponding draft, call:

    GET /v4/myservice/myentity(IsActiveEntity=false,ID=<key>);

    To get all active entities, you could use a filter as illustrated by the following example:

    GET /v4/myservice/myentity?$filter=IsActiveEntity eq true

    Bypassing the SAP Fiori Draft Flow

    It’s possible to create and update data directly without creating intermediate drafts. For example, this is useful when prefilling draft-enabled entities with data or in general, when technical components deal with the API exposed by draft-enabled entities. To achieve this, use the following requests. You can register event handlers for the corresponding events to validate incoming data:

    HTTP / OData request Event name Default implementation
    POST with IsActiveEntity: true in payload CqnService.EVENT_CREATE Creates the active entity
    PUT with key IsActiveEntity=true in URI CqnService.EVENT_CREATE
    Creates or updates the active entity (full update)
    PATCH with key IsActiveEntity=true in URI CqnService.EVENT_UPDATE Creates or updates the active entity (sparse update)

    These events have the same semantics as described in section Handling CRUD events.

    Draft Lock

    An entity with a draft is locked from being edited by other users until either the draft is saved or a timeout is hit (15 minutes by default). You can configure this timeout by the following application configuration property:


    You can turn off this feature completely by means of the application configuration property:

    Draft Garbage Collection

    Inactive drafts are automatically deleted after a timeout (30 days default). You can configure the timeout with the following application configuration property:

    cds.drafts.deletionTimeout: 8w

    In this example, the draft timeout is set to 8 weeks.

    This feature can be also turned off completely by setting the application configuration:

    cds.drafts.gc.enabled: false

    To get notified when a particular draft-enabled entity is garbage collected, you can register an event handler on the DraftService.EVENT_DRAFT_CANCEL event.

    Overriding SAP Fiori’s Draft Creation Behaviour

    By default SAP Fiori triggers a POST request with an empty body to the entity collection to create a new draft. This behavior can be overridden by implementing a custom action, which SAP Fiori will trigger instead.

    1. Define an action bound to the draft-enabled entity with an explicitly binding parameter typed with many $self.

      This way, the action used to create a new draft is bound to the draft-enabled entity collection.

    2. Annotate the draft-enabled entity with @Common.DraftRoot.NewAction: '<action name>'.

      This indicates to SAP Fiori that this action should be used when creating a new draft.

    3. Implement the action in Java.

      The implementation of the action must trigger the newDraft(CqnInsert) method of the DraftService interface to create the draft. In addition, it must return the created draft entity.

    The following code summarizes all of these steps in an example:

    service AdminService {
      @Common.DraftRoot.NewAction: 'AdminService.createDraft'
      entity Orders as projection on my.Orders actions {
        action createDraft(in: many $self, orderNo: String) returns Orders;
    @On(entity = Orders_.CDS_NAME)
    public void createDraft(CreateDraftContext context) {
        Orders order = Orders.create();

    Consuming Draft Services

    If an Application Service is created based on a service definition, that contains a draft-enabled entity, it also implements the DraftService interface. This interface provides an API layer around the draft-specific events, and allows to create new draft entities, patch, cancel or save them, and put active entities back into edit mode.

    The Draft-Service-specific APIs only operate on entities in draft-mode. The CQN Query APIs (run methods) provided by any Application Service, operate on active entities only. However, there’s one exception from this behavior, which is the READ event: When reading from a Draft Service, active and inactive entities are both queried and the results are combined.

    Persistence Services aren’t draft-aware. Use the respective Draft Service or Application Service, when running draft-aware queries.

    The following example, shows the usage of the Draft-Service-specific APIs:

    import static bookshop.Bookshop_.ORDERS;
    DraftService adminService = ...;
    // create draft
    Orders order = adminService.newDraft(Insert.into(ORDERS)).single(Orders.class);
    // set values
    // patch draft
        .where(o -> o.ID().eq(order.getId()).and(o.IsActiveEntity().eq(false))));
    // save draft
    CqnSelect orderDraft = Select.from(ORDERS)
        .where(o -> o.ID().eq(order.getId()).and(o.IsActiveEntity().eq(false)));
    // read draft
    Orders draftOrder =;
    // put draft back to edit mode
    CqnSelect orderActive = Select.from(ORDERS)
        .where(o -> o.ID().eq(order.getId()).and(o.IsActiveEntity().eq(true)));
    adminService.editDraft(orderActive, true);
    // read entities in draft mode and activated entities -> o.ID().eq(order.getId())));