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2638451 - How to access Internal Id field value for MDF Objects?


Is it possible to access the internal Id and associated text for all the MDF object's structure that exists or existed in the system?


  • SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central
  • SAP SuccessFactors HXM Suite
  • Metadata framework (MDF)

Reproducing the Issue

  • Export MDF Object Definition or Download template for an MDF object.
  • Internal Id is unavailable.


Internal ID is for internal system usage and hence we cannot export it using tool "Import and Export Data" tool.


If you encounter any application error with internalId issue with an MDF object, then to verify or identify the data you can make internal ID visible on the Manage data page.

1) To make internalId visible in "Manage Data" page, please edit respective Object definition and change the Visibility of inernalId field from Not visible to Read Only

2) Save object definition.

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3) Check the value on the Manage data page. (Please make sure that there is no Default screen on the object level, else the changes done on the object definition won't take effect on the Manage data page)

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NOTE: You cannot set the visibility of this field to Editable. If you attempt it, system will restore it back to "Not Visible" automatially.

4) Finally, after identifying the data that is causing issue, you can revert the Visibility of the field internalId to "Not Visible" again.


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