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This section provides the list of prerequisites required for installing and using the GWM Visual Studio Add-In.

You must download to your file system, the GWM Visual Studio Add-In component. It is located in the SAP Software Download Center, on the SAP Service Marketplace at: published on SAP site

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Before you install GWM Visual Studio Add-In, ensure that you have met all the prerequisites.

Supported Operating Systems


You can install GWM Visual Studio Add-In in any of the following 32 bit or 64 bit operating systems:
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
Note The GWM Visual Studio Add-In is not supported on Windows Server 2012.

For more information, see GWM 1.0 Product Availability Matrix on the SAP Service Marketplace.

Supported Microsoft Visual Studio Editions (Professional, Premium, Ultimate and Community)


GWM Visual Studio Add-In supports the following editions of Microsoft Visual Studio:

  • Visual Studio 2010 (.NET Framework 4.0)

    Ensure that Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 full version is available and not the client profile alone.

  • Visual Studio 2010 (.NET Framework 4.5)
  • Visual Studio 2012 (.NET Framework 4.5)

    Ensure that the WCF Data Service version is 5.5 or higher, for working with Microsoft Visual Studio 2012.

  • Visual Studio 2013 with WCF Data Services 5.6; and Visual Studio 2013 SDK.
  • Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition (.NET Framework 4.5).
  • Ensure that the underlying Microsoft Visual Studio runtime version is 10.0.30319 or above.

GWM Visual Studio Add-In supports Visual Studio versions 2010, 2012, and 2013 running on the same system. Steps relevant to each of the versions are available in the specific sections.

You can run both Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and 2012 in a single system, with Visual C# development templates.

During the installation of Visual Studio 2012, select the option, Microsoft Office Developer Tools under Optional features to install.

Install Microsoft Office Developer Tools 2013 for use with Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition.

After installing Visual Studio, open it once before installing the GWM Visual Studio Add-In.

Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2010 and 2013


To use the solutions generated with GWM Visual Studio Add-In projects, you need the following:

  • Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2010 and 2013

    Make sure that you apply the latest service pack to Microsoft Office to update the Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime to version 10.0.30319 or higher.

  • To use solutions that have Microsoft Outlook items, Contacts and Appointments add-ins in the Custom folder, you must apply a patch to Microsoft Outlook 2010 to support listening to BeforeItemMove event on Custom folders.

    Download and install the patch which is available at: published on non-SAP site

  • Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Runtime

    Is required for add-in projects generated in both Visual Studio 2010 and 2012.

    For more information, see, published on non-SAP site

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 or above is required in the end users' environment.

Required Library Files


The following Dynamic Link Library files (with the extension .dll) should be present in the Global Assembly Cache (GAC) folder for installation:
  • Newtonsoft.Json.dll (version 5.0.6)

  • Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory.dll (version 1.0.2)

  • Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory.WindowsForms.dll (version 1.0.2)

    Newtonsoft.Json.dll is available in the Json.Net 5.0.6 package, Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory.dll and Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory.WindowsForms.dll are available in the Active Directory Authentication Library 1.0.2 package. These packages can be downloaded at published on non-SAP site with a registered account. The downloaded files can be extracted to view the DLL files in the lib folder based on the .NET Framework version. Follow these steps to add the required DLL files to the GAC folder:
    1. Open Visual Studio Tools on the Start menu, right-click on Developer Command Prompt for VS2013 or Developer Command Prompt for VS2010 (depending on the version of Visual Studio being used) and choose Run as Administrator, choose Yes if Windows displays a security prompt.
    2. In Developer Command Prompt, run the command gacutil -if <file path of DLL> and press Enter. Repeat this step till all the required DLL files are added successfully.

Required Configurations to Verify

The following are the required configurations you need to verify before using GWM Visual Studio Add-In:

  • Authentication mechanism:

    You must be aware of the authentication mechanism implemented for access to SAP Gateway.

    Later, you must configure the projects you create using GWM Visual Studio Add-In, to use the specific authentication mechanism.

    Refer to the SAP Gateway’s security documentation to understand the security considerations to access the required services: For more information, see

  • Backend Event Publisher component is installed in the SAP backend system

    Verify that the SAP Gateway package (Backend Event Publisher – IW_BEP component) has been configured in the SAP system with the business content you want.