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Synchronous RFC (sRFC) is the most "basic" RFC variant.

It has the following syntax:

CALL FUNCTION func DESTINATION dest parameter list.

This statement causes a synchronous call of a remote-capable function module specified in func using the RFC interface. With the addition DESTINATION, the destination is specified in dest. Character-type data objects are expected for func and dest. The calling program is continued using the statement CALL FUNCTION, if the remotely called function has finished.


Execution of a function module called by synchronous RFC does not lead to a database commit in an update function. For more information on updating data in SAP systems, see Updating in SAP Systems.

The parameter list has the following syntax:

... [EXPORTING p1 = a1 ... pn = an]

[IMPORTING p1 = a1 p2 = a2 ...]

[CHANGING p1 = a1 p2 = a2 ...]

[TABLES t1 = itab1 t2 = itab2 ...]

[EXCEPTIONS exc1 = n1 exc2 = n2 .. [MESSAGE mess]

[OTHERS = n_others] ].

These additions are used to assign actual parameters to the formal parameters of the function module, and return values to exceptions that are not class-based.

The additions have the same meanings as for the general function module call, the only differences being that, with the addition TABLES, only tables with flat character types can be transferred, and that if a header line exists, it is not transferred.

The additions EXPORTING, IMPORTING, and CHANGING allow you to transfer tables that have deep character types, deep structures, and strings.

For EXCEPTIONS, you can also specify an optional addition MESSAGE for the special exceptions SYSTEM_FAILURE and COMMUNICATION_FAILURE. If one of these exceptions occurs, the first line of the corresponding short dump is entered in the field mess, which must be flat and of character-type.


Transferring tables using the addition TABLES is considerably faster than using the other additions, since a binary format is used internally instead of an XML format.