DO (ABAP keyword) introduction & syntax details
2. DO n TIMES.
VARYING f FROM f1 NEXT f2
Repeats the processing enclosed by
the DO and ENDDO statements until the loop is terminated by EXIT , STOP or
You can use the CONTINUE statement to end the current loop pass
prematurely and continue with the next loop pass.
The system field
SY-INDEX counts the number of loop passes, starting from 1. You can nest DO
loops. When the processing leaves a DO loop, the value of SY-INDEX belonging to
the outer DO loop is restored.
WRITE: / ‘SY-INDEX –
Begin:’, (3) SY-INDEX.
IF SY-INDEX = 10.
This DO loop outputs 9 lines of the
” SY-INDEX – Begin: n End: n “.
Here, n stands for the
numbers 1 to 9.
The last line displayed is
” SY-INDEX – Begin: 10
On the 10th pass, the loop is terminated.
with this statement is programming endless loops. Therefore, you must ensure
that the loop contains at least one EXIT , STOP or REJECT statement which is
executed at least once.
… VARYING f FROM f1 NEXT
This addition is useful if you have a series of fields of
the same type and the same distance from each other.
f is a variable which
you define in a DATA statement. On each loop pass, f contains a new value. The
field f1 after ” FROM ” specifies the first value of the variable f , while the
field f2 after ” NEXT ” specifies the value to be assigned to the variable f in
the second pass. For each subsequent pass, the variable f contains the next
value in the sequence determined by the distance between the fields f1 and f2 in
The fields f1 and f2 should be type-compatible and convertible to f
If the value of f changes during the loop pass, the new value is then
placed in the appropriate field fn assigned to f (transfer type: pass by value
and result). If the loop pass terminates because of a dialog message, the new
value is not passed back if f changes.
The addition … VARYING f FROM f1
NEXT f2 can be used several times in a DO statement.
BEGIN OF WORD,
ONE VALUE ‘E’,
TWO VALUE ‘x’,
THREE VALUE ‘a’,
FIVE VALUE ‘p’,
SIX VALUE ‘l’,
SEVEN VALUE ‘e’,
END OF WORD,
DO VARYING LETTER1 FROM
WORD-ONE THEN WORD-THREE
VARYING LETTER2 FROM WORD-TWO THEN
WRITE: LETTER1, LETTER2.
IF LETTER2 =
The resulting output is the
“E x a m p l e !”.
When using this
addition, ensure that the DO loop terminates at the “right” time, in order to
avoid assigning meaningless values that happen to be in memory after this
sequence of fields. This could result in a runtime error.
… VARYING f FROM f1 NEXT f2 (similar to
Repeats the processing enclosed by the DO and ENDDO
statements n times. If n changes within the loop, this has no effect on loop
DATA COUNT TYPE I.
DO 10 TIMES.
The field COUNT now contains 55
Related WHILE , LOOP
required to pass once through an empty DO loop is about 11 msn (standardized
microseconds). For 100 loop passes, about 230 msn would be needed.
possible, use a WHILE loop instead of a DO / EXIT construction because this
improves the performance slightly and is clearer.