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Syntax Forms

Defines the data type implicitly

1. CREATE DATA dref $[area_handle$].

Defines the data type using built-in ABAP types

2. CREATE DATA dref $[area_handle$]
                   TYPE ${abap_type$|(name)$}
                        $[LENGTH len$] $[DECIMALS dec$].

Defines the data type using an existing type

3. CREATE DATA dref $[area_handle$]
                   ${ ${TYPE $[LINE OF$] ${type$|(name)$}$}
                   $| ${LIKE $[LINE OF$] dobj$} $}.

Creates data with reference to a type description object

4. CREATE DATA dref $[area_handle$]
                   TYPE HANDLE handle.

Creates reference variables

5. CREATE DATA dref $[area_handle$]
                   TYPE REF TO ${type$|(name)$}.

Creates internal tables

6. CREATE DATA dref $[area_handle$]
                   ${ ${TYPE $[STANDARD$]$|SORTED$|HASHED TABLE
                      OF $[REF TO$] ${type$|(name)$}$}
                   $| ${LIKE $[STANDARD$]$|SORTED$|HASHED TABLE OF dobj$} $}
                   $[ ${WITH $[UNIQUE$|NON-UNIQUE$]
                           ${KEY ${comp1 comp2 ...$}$|(keytab)$}$|${DEFAULT KEY$}$}

                   $| ${WITH EMPTY KEY$} $]
                   $[INITIAL SIZE n$].


The statement CREATE DATA creates an anonymous data object and assigns the reference to the data object of the dref reference variables.

By default, the data object is created in the internal session (heap) of the current program and remains there for as long as it is required. If no data references and no field symbols point to the data object or to a part of the data objects, it is deleted by the garbage collector. The data object can be created as a shared object using the addition area_handle.

The reference variable dref must be declared as a data reference variable. The content of a data object created using CREATE DATA can only be accessed using dereferenced data variables or field symbols (see Data Objects in Operand Positions).

The data type of the data object that is created can be defined using the addition TYPE and specifying a type or using the addition LIKE and specifying a data object. The syntax permits the dynamic definition of elementary data types, reference types, and table types. The addition HANDLE can reference any RTTS type description objects. According to the rules in the section Assignments Between Data Reference Variables, the static type of the data reference variables has to be more general than the data type of the data object created, or be identical with it.

If a handleable exception is raised when the object is being created, the object is not created and the dref data reference variable keeps its previous state.


  • Unlike the statement DATA, CREATE DATA creates the data object at execution time. DATA creates declared data objects when the corresponding program unit is loaded.
  • The statement CREATE DATA creates a heap reference. All references that point to the anonymous data object or its parts are also heap references and keep the data object alive. The same applies to field symbols.
  • When a data type is used, the instance operatorNEW acts like the statement CREATE DATA dref TYPE type and can be used in general expression positions.
  • Unlike CREATE OBJECT, CREATE DATA does not set the return code sy-subrc.


Catchable Exceptions


  • Cause: Illegal value for the addition DECIMALS.
  • Cause: Illegal value for the addition INITIAL SIZE.
  • Cause: Illegal value for the addition LENGTH.
  • Cause: The addition LENGTH was used for a type other than c, n, x, or p.
  • Cause: The type specified dynamically in the addition TYPE is not typed in full.
  • Cause: The type specified dynamically in the addition TYPE is not known.

Non-Catchable Exceptions

  • Cause: The variable dref does not have the correct type.

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