Fundamentals of RFC (Remote Function Calls)

Fundamentals of RFC

Communication between applications of different systems in the SAP environment includes connections between SAP systems as well as between SAP systems and non-SAP systems. Remote Function Call (RFC) is the standard SAP interface for communication between SAP systems. The RFC calls a function to be executed in a remote system. You can also call a function module in the same system as an RFC; however, RFCs are usually used when the calling and called function modules are running in different systems.

In the SAP system, the RFC interface system provides this function. The RFC interface system allows function calls between two SAP systems or between an SAP system and an external (non-SAP) system.
RFC is an SAP interface protocol that is based on the Common Programming Interface for Communication (CPI-C) and allows cross-host communication between programs. This means that ABAP functions can be called from external applications and tools, and that external applications can be called from the SAP system.

RFC means that the ABAP programmer does not have to write his or her own communication routines. For an RFC call, the RFC interface Converts all parameter data to the format required in the remote system calls the communication routines that are required to communicate with the remote system handles errors that occur during the communication.

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