What is ALV and What is Advantage of ALV.

ALV is Application List viewer. Sap provides a set of ALV (ABAP LIST VIEWER) function modules which can be put into use to embellish the output of a report. This set of ALV functions is used to enhance the readability and functionality of any report output. Cases arise in sap when the output of a report contains columns extending more than 255 characters in length. In such cases, this set of ALV functions can help choose selected columns and arrange the different columns from a report output and also save different variants for report display. This is a very efficient tool for dynamically sorting and arranging the columns from a report output. The report output can contain up to 90 columns in the display with the wide array of display options.


  1. Collapse multiple reports into one, drastically cutting down your report development time
  2. Save many hours using built-in ALV sorting, subtotaling and filtering capabilities
  3. Add conditional structures into your ALV report: No programming required!
  4. Combine ALV with display variants to meet a wide range of reporting requirements more easily
  5. Dynamically reorder column layouts and add/subtract fields
  6. Enable users and analysts to save their own personalized variants
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