SAP S/4 HANA Cloud Authenticate an Element Instance

You can authenticate with SAP S/4HANA Cloud to create your own instance of the SAP S/4 HANA Cloud element through the UI or through APIs. Once authenticated, you can use the element instance to access the different functionality offered by the SAP S/4HANA Cloud platform.

Authenticate Through the UI

Use the UI to authenticate with SAP S/4HANA Cloud and create an element instance. You will need your username, password, and SAP S/4 HANA Cloud URL that you identified in API Provider Setup.

After successfully authenticating, we give you several options for next steps. Make requests using the API docs associated with the instance, map the instance to a virtual data resource, or use it in a formula template.

Authenticate Through API

Authenticating through API is similar to authenticating via the UI. Instead of clicking and typing through a series of buttons, text boxes, and menus, you will instead send a request to our /instances endpoint. The end result is the same, though: an authenticated element instance with a token and id.

To authenticate an element instance:

  1. Construct a JSON body as shown below (see Parameters):

      "element": {
        "key": "saps4hanacloud"
      "configuration": {
        "username": "<SAP S/4HANA Cloud user>",
        "password": "<SAP S/4HANA Cloud password>",
        "saps4hanacloud.url": "<URL of your SAP S/4HANA account>"
      "tags": [
      "name": "<INSTANCE_NAME>"
  2. Call the following, including the JSON body you constructed in the previous step:

    POST /instances
    Note: Make sure that you include the User and Organization keys in the header. For more information, see Authorization Headers, Organization Secret, and User Secret.
  3. Locate the token and id in the response and save them for all future requests using the element instance.

Example cURL

curl -X POST \ \
  -H 'authorization: User <USER_SECRET>, Organization <ORGANIZATION_SECRET>' \
  -H 'content-type: application/json' \
  -d '{
  "element": {
    "key": "saps4hanacloud"
  "configuration": {
    "username": "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx",
    "password": "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx",
    "saps4hanacloud.url": ""
  "tags": [
  "name": "API Instance"


API parameters not shown in Cloud Elements are in code formatting.

Note: Event related parameters are described in Events.
ParameterDescriptionData Type
keyThe element key.
The name of the element instance created during authentication.string
The SAP S/4 HANA Cloud user that you noted in API Provider Setup.string
The SAP S/4 HANA Cloud password that you noted in API Provider Setup.string
The URL of you S/4HANA account, for example https://myserver.s4hana.ondemand.comstring
tagsOptional. User-defined tags to further identify the instance.string

Example Response for an Authenticated {Element Instance

In this example, the instance ID is 12345 and the instance token starts with "ABC/D...". The actual values returned to you will be unique: make sure you save them for future requests to this new instance.

  "id": 12345,
  "name": "API Instance",
  "createdDate": "2018-04-04T20:44:36Z",
  "token": "ABC/Dxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx=",
  "element": {
      "id": 6374,
      "name": "SAP S/4 HANA Cloud",
      "key": "saps4hanacloud",
      "description": "SAP S/4 HANA Cloud",
      "image": "elements/custom-element-default-logo.png",
      "logo": "sap",
      "active": true,
      "deleted": false,
      "typeOauth": false,
      "trialAccount": false,
      "resources": [ ],
      "transformationsEnabled": true,
      "bulkDownloadEnabled": true,
      "bulkUploadEnabled": true,
      "cloneable": true,
      "extendable": true,
      "beta": false,
      "authentication": {
          "type": "basic"
      "extended": false,
      "useModelsForMetadata": true,
      "hub": "erp",
      "protocolType": "odata",
      "parameters": [  ],
      "private": false
    "elementId": 6374,
    "tags": [
    "provisionInteractions": [],
    "valid": true,
    "disabled": false,
    "maxCacheSize": 0,
    "cacheTimeToLive": 0,
    "configuration": {    },
    "eventsEnabled": false,
    "traceLoggingEnabled": false,
    "cachingEnabled": false,
    "externalAuthentication": "none",
    "user": {  }