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Header Based Routers in SAP Cloud Integration

November 13, 2023

For companies looking to optimise their operational efficiency, staying ahead of the curve in the ever-changing world of SAP Cloud Integration is essential. The Header Based Router is a crucial component that is essential to this scenario. This article explores the features, advantages, and implementation options of header-based routing, going deep into its nuances.

What is Header-Based Routers?

Header Based Router is a SAP Cloud Integration method that makes it easier to intelligently route messages according to particular header attributes. By sending messages to the right locations, this useful tool helps companies to expedite their integration procedures.

By examining specific header fields in incoming communications, the Header Based Router functions. The routing path of the message is determined by the metadata present in these fields. By using this data, companies may precisely target the messages to the appropriate endpoints and tailor the message flow.

Key Features and Benefits

  1. Enhanced Message Control - Organisations can get unmatched control over their message flows with Header Based Routing. They can control each message's path by setting routing rules based on header attributes, which improves communication between various applications and systems.
  2. Flexibility in Integration Scenarios - Header Based Routing works incredibly well in situations when adaptability is critical. Businesses are able to modify their routing techniques in accordance with the particular needs of any integration situation, regardless of the variety of systems, protocols, or data types they deal with.
  3. Improved Error Handling - Effective error management is essential to any strong integration system. Error management techniques may be easily configured with the help of the header-based router, guaranteeing that any problems with message processing are quickly found and fixed.

Implementing Header-based Router

  1. Open the Integration Flow and create the flow as shown below in the image
  1. Define the endpoint in the HTTPS.
  2. Add the "Router" in the integration flow.
  3. Add the two Content Modifier in the integration flow, which are in the Route 1, Route 2 and Route 3 in the flow.
  4. The scenario is like this that if the header value is "1", the route 1 will be called and Content Modifier 1 will be executed. If the Header value is "2", the Content Modifier 2 will be     executed and If the header value is "3" the Route 3 will be executed and the Content Modifier 3 will be executed.
  5. In the "Route 1" define the following condition.
  1. In the "Route 2" define the following Condition.
  1. In the "Route 3" define the route as the default     Route.
  1. In the "Content Modifier 1" define the following     Message Body.
  1. Add the Message Body in the other Content Modifiers with replacing     the header value with 2, and 3 respectively.
  2. Save and Deploy the integration flow. Copy the endpoints.
  1. Open the Postman and in the Headers section add the new header as "Value" with "1".
  1. In the Body add the text message and send the request you can now see that if the header value is set as 1 it is directed to content modifier 1.

Best Practices for Header Based Routing

1. Regular Monitoring and Analysis

Continuous monitoring is essential for maintaining the effectiveness of Header Based Routing. Regularly analyse routing logs and metrics to identify areas for improvement and ensure that the routing rules align with evolving business needs.

2. Documentation and Knowledge Sharing

Documenting the configured routing rules and sharing knowledge within the integration team is critical. This practice ensures that all team members are aligned with the established routing strategies and can contribute to the ongoing optimization process.


In conclusion, the implementation of a Header Based Router in SAP Cloud Integration empowers businesses to take control of their message flows with precision and flexibility. By harnessing the intelligent routing capabilities, organizations can optimize their integration processes, enhance error handling, and adapt seamlessly to evolving business requirements. As you embark on this journey, remember to stay vigilant, monitor performance, and continually refine your routing strategies to stay ahead in the ever-evolving landscape of SAP Cloud Integration.

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About the Author

Jaspreet is an Executive Consultant with expertise in SAP, SaaS/Cloud Integrations, Cyber Security and Data Science. Jaspreet is hands-On Architect who does Pre-Sales, Solution Architecture, Development, Lead Delivery of Complex Integration programs, Manage disperse teams and Ensure successful Project Go-Live/Goals. He has made a lasting impact on global businesses IT projects including Aflac, Advanced Energy, Donnelley Financial Solutions(DFIN), Dell EMC and many more.

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