Archive File Browser


The Archive File Browser (AFB) makes available a variety of functions for displaying the contents of archive files. It offers a technical view of the archived tables in much the same way as the Data Browser (transaction SE16) does for data from the database.

Implementation Considerations

The AFB is a technical tool for data archiving administrators and anyone who needs to investigate problems with data archiving and in archived data.

The data is only displayed in technical form, there is no business view formatting. The system structures the data from a technical point of view according to session, file and data object. Application-specific connections (such as logical data objects that are composed from several technical data objects) are ignored by the AFB. Some archived structures (for instance COVP11) do contain the actual data for particular database tables (for example, COEP and COBK). The AFB does not know about these connections. The user needs to be aware of such connections.


You do not need to make any system settings in Customizing to be able to use the AFB.

Make sure that the user has the necessary authorizations, and that it is possible to access the archive files. For more information on the required authorizations, see Archive Files.

You can set the selection of archive files for the start of the transaction. For additional information see Speeding up the Start of the AFB.


·        Displaying the content of archive files and sessions

The AFB displays archived files. The way the data is structured corresponds to the structure in the archive. Evaluations of archived tables together with data in the database are not offered.

For more information, see Archive Files.

You can find a procedure under Display Data Object.

·        Searching for archived data

In addition to a search for archive files, a technical search for field contents is also possible in which the AFB searches for the contents of fields in a table (similar to transaction SE16).

When making the search the AFB always reads through the files, and focuses on finding missing data. The focus is directed at completeness even at the cost of poor performance.

For additional information see Searching for Table Contents and Searching Efficiently for Table Entries.


The search function for data in the AFB is not just intended for the retrieval by end users, but for finding missing data.

When searching for data in the AFB no index of the archived data is constructed. For this use the Archive Information System.

Comparison with the Archive Information System

Archive Information System (AS)

Archive File Browser (AFB)

Main focus is on creating an index for archive files. This index can be used to find archived data quickly.

When searching for the contents of archive files the AFB reads through the area to be searched sequentially.

Search is only possible using specific criteria (fields in info structures)

Search is possible using any fields

The index can be used by applications such as the Document Relationship Browser or line item reports for cost accounting to access archived data quickly.

No comparable interface

To access archived data you have to first create and activate an info structure. In the production system this usually involves time and effort.

Access to archived data is possible immediately.

Business views, consequently also of interest to end users

Technical representation of data, only of interest to administrators