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Image Classification ML service with SAPUI5

By Abdel Dadouche

Discover how to implement SAP Leonardo Machine Learning Functional Service in a SAPUI5 application

You will learn

In this tutorial, you will learn how to quickly integrate the Image Classification SAP Leonardo Machine Learning Functional Services published from the SAP API Business Hub sandbox in a SAPUI5 application.


You will then be able to substitute the Image Classification services with any other SAP Leonardo Machine Learning Functional Services that consumes images content.

Step 1: Get Your Sandbox URL

In order to consume the Image Classification Machine Learning Functional Services, you will first need to get the service URI, your API Key and the request and response parameters.

Go to and click on the Browse tile.

SAP API Business Hub

Then you will be able to search for the SAP Leonardo Machine Learning - Functional Services, then click on the package found.

SAP API Business Hub

Click on Artifacts, then click on the Image Classification API.

SAP API Business Hub

As you can notice the Image Classification API has only one resource (or service): /inference_sync.

Now click on the Overview tab.

Note: the term inference refers to the application phase (scoring) an existing model (as opposed to the training or inception phase) and sync for synchronous.

SAP API Business Hub

As displayed on the screen, the sandbox URL for the Image Classification API where we need to append the API resource:
Step 2: Get Your API key

When using any of the APIs outside of the SAP API Business Hub, an application key will be needed in every request header of your APIs calls.

To get to your API key, click on the key icon in the top right corner of the page. Click on the key icon.

The following pop-up should appear. Click on the Copy API Key button and save it in a text editor.

SAP API Business Hub

Now, let’s build a SAPUI5 application! But before doing so let’s first add the destination to connect to the SAP API Business Hub.

Step 3: Access the SAP Cloud Platform Cockpit

Go to your SAP Cloud Platform Cockpit account and access “Your Personal Developer Account”.

SAP HANA Cloud Platform Cockpit
Step 4: Configure your destination

You will need to create a destination in your SAP Cloud Platform account that allow will your applications to connect to external APIs such as the SAP API Business Hub.

On the left side bar, you can navigate in Connectivity > Destinations.

Your Personal Developer Account

On the Destinations overview page, click on New Destination


Enter the following information:

Field Name Value
Name sapui5ml-api
Description SAP Leonardo Machine Learning APIs
Proxy Type Internet
Authentication NoAuthentication

Then you will need to add the following properties to the destination:

Property Name Value
WebIDEEnabled true

Click on Save

New Destinations

You can use the Check Connectivity button HTML5 Applications next to the new Destination to validate that the URL can be accessed.

Step 5: Open the Web IDE

On the left side bar, you can navigate in Services, then using the search box enter Web IDE.


Click on the tile, then click on Open SAP Web IDE.


You will get access to the SAP Web IDE main page:

Step 6: Create your application using the SAPUI5 template

Click on New Project from Template in the Create Project section or use the File > New > Project from Template.


Select the SAPUI5 Application tile, then click on Next


Enter the following information, then click on Next

Field Name Value
Project Name sapui5ml-imageclassifier
Namespace demo

Enter the following information, then click on Finish

Field Name Value
View Type XML
View Name demo
Step 7: Extend the application resource roots

In order to ease the use of the provided code, we will add a new SAPUI5 resource roots. The main reason for this is that the rule used to generate the initial resource root by the project template has change many time over the time.

Edit the index.html file located under Workspace > sapui5ml > webapp and add the below element to the existing data-sap-ui-resourceroots property around line 15 (don’t forget the comma in between the existing element and the new one).

"sapui5ml": ""

It should eventually look something like this:

data-sap-ui-resourceroots='{"demosapui5ml-imageclassifier": "", "sapui5ml": ""}'

Click on the Save Button button (or press CTRL+S).

Step 8: Configure your SAPUI5 application

In order to use the previously configured destination, we need to add its declaration into the neo-app.json file along with the header white list configuration that will prevent HTTP header parameters to be filtered out.

Edit the neo-app.json file located under Workspace > sapui5ml-imageclassifier and replace the current content with the below code.

Then click on the Save Button button (or press CTRL+S).

	"welcomeFile": "/webapp/index.html",
	"routes": [{
		"path": "/resources",
		"target": {
			"type": "service",
			"name": "sapui5",
			"entryPath": "/resources"
		"description": "SAPUI5 Resources"
	}, {
		"path": "/test-resources",
		"target": {
			"type": "service",
			"name": "sapui5",
			"entryPath": "/test-resources"
		"description": "SAPUI5 Test Resources"
	}, {
		"path": "/ml",
		"target": {
			"type": "destination",
			"name": "sapui5ml-api"
		"description": "ML API destination"
	"sendWelcomeFileRedirect": true,
	"headerWhiteList": [
Step 9: Store your API setting in a JSON model

There are multiple options to achieve this goal. Here we will use a pre-loaded JSON model configured in the manifest.json file.

Create a new file named demo.json under Workspace > sapui5ml-imageclassifier > webapp > model, copy the below code and make sure you replace <<<<< COPY YOUR API KEY >>>>> by your the API key we retrieved in step 2.

Then click on the Save Button button (or press CTRL+S).

	"url" : "/ml/imageclassifier/inference_sync",
	"APIKey":"<<<<< COPY YOUR API KEY >>>>>"

Edit the manifest.json file located under Workspace > sapui5ml-imageclassifier > webapp and locate the models section (around line 55), and update the section like this:

Then click on the Save Button button (or press CTRL+S).

"models": {
  "i18n": {
    "type": "sap.ui.model.resource.ResourceModel",
    "settings": {
      "bundleName": "demosapui5ml-imageclassifier.i18n.i18n"
  "demo": {
    "type": "sap.ui.model.json.JSONModel",
    "preload": true,
    "uri": "model/demo.json"
Step 10: Extend the main SAPUI5 view

The view will contain a table to display the results along with a canvas to display the selected image (if a single one is selected) and 2 buttons, one to import a snapshot and the other one to take snapshot using the webcam (if any, this button won’t be visible on mobile device because it is not supported).

Edit the demo.view.xml file located under Workspace > sapui5ml-imageclassifier > webapp > view and replace the existing code with the below code.

Then click on the Save Button button (or press CTRL+S).

<mvc:View xmlns:html="" xmlns:mvc="sap.ui.core.mvc" xmlns:form="sap.ui.layout.form" xmlns:table="sap.ui.table"
	xmlns:u="sap.ui.unified" xmlns="sap.m" controllerName="sapui5ml.controller.demo" displayBlock="true">
			<Page title="Image Classification">
					<VBox width="100%" direction="Column" alignItems="Center">
						<Carousel pages="{demo>/predictions}" width="100%" visible="{= typeof ${demo>/resultVisible} !== 'undefined'}">
								<VBox width="100%" direction="Column" alignItems="Center">
									<Label text="File name: {demo>name}" class="sapUiLargeMargin"></Label>
									<table:Table rows="{demo>results}" enableBusyIndicator="true" selectionMode="Single" visibleRowCount="5">
											<table:Column sortProperty="label" filterProperty="label">
												<Label text="Label"/>
													<Link text="{demo>label}" href="{label}&amp;newwindow=1&amp;tbm=isch" target="search"/>
											<table:Column sortProperty="score" filterProperty="score">
												<Label text="Score"/>
													<Text text="{demo>score}"/>
						<Image id="idImage" tooltip="canvas" visible="false" class="sapUiLargeMargin"/>
					<Toolbar width="100%">
							<u:FileUploader id="idFileUpload" buttonOnly="true" buttonText="Upload Picture" name="files" uploadUrl="{demo>/url}"
								sameFilenameAllowed="true" useMultipart="true" sendXHR="true" uploadOnChange="true" change="fileUploadChange"
									<u:FileUploaderParameter name="APIKey" value="{demo>/APIKey}"/>
									<u:FileUploaderParameter name="Accept" value="application/json"/>
Step 11: Extend the main SAPUI5 controller

Edit the demo.controller.js file located under Workspace > sapui5ml-imageclassifier > webapp > controller and replace the existing code with the below code.

Then click on the Save Button button (or press CTRL+S).

], function(Controller, MessageToast, Image) {
	"use strict";
	return Controller.extend("sapui5ml.controller.demo", {

		fileUploadChange: function(oControlEvent) {
			// start the busy indicator
			var oBusyIndicator = new sap.m.BusyDialog();;

			// keep a reference of the uploaded file if this is an image only
			var file = oControlEvent.getParameters().files[0];
			if (file.type.match('image.*')) {
				this.oFileSrc = URL.createObjectURL(file);
			} else {
				this.oFileSrc = null;

			// keep a reference in the view to close it later
			this.oBusyIndicator = oBusyIndicator;
		fileUploadComplete: function(oControlEvent) {
			// get the current view
			var oView = this.getView();

			if (oControlEvent.getParameters().status === 200) {
				// set the response as JSON in the demo model
				oView.getModel("demo").setProperty("/predictions", JSON.parse(oControlEvent.getParameters().responseRaw).predictions);

				// display the result table
				oView.getModel("demo").setProperty("/resultVisible", true);

				// display the uploaded image
				var image = oView.byId("idImage");
				if (this.oFileSrc !== null) {
				} else {
			} else {"Error " + oControlEvent.getParameters().status + " : " + oControlEvent.getParameters().responseRaw);
Step 12: Test the application

Click on the Run icon Run Applications or press ALT+F5.

In the bar at the bottom, click on Upload Picture to pick your local picture.

The service will be called, and the result displayed in a table.

You can also try with a zip that contains multiple images.

Solution: Project files

In case you are having problems when running the application, the complete project code can be found on the SAP Tutorial public GitHub repository.

However, this is not a repository you can clone and run the code.

You have to import the sapui5ml-imageclassifier directory content into your existing project directory.

Make sure you check the LICENSE before starting using its content.

Next Steps

Updated 10/11/2017

Time to Complete

20 Min


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