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Get an Account on SAP BTP to Try Out Free Tier Service Plans

Sign up for a productive account on SAP Business Technology Platform and try out SAP's services with free tier service plans.
You will learn
  • How to start your SAP journey
  • How to register on the SAP Store
  • How to create a consumption-based SAP BTP global account with free tier service plans
  • How to create and navigate to your subaccount and space
Annika GonnermannFebruary 10, 2023
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November 15, 2021


To activate your consumption-based SAP BTP global account with free tier service plans, you need:
- an e-mail address
- and a credit card for authentication and eventually later for billing purposes.
Important: If you do not own a credit card, you can create a trial account which allows you to try out BTP services in a separate environment but without the free tier model on SAP BTP: Get a Free Account on SAP BTP Trial. Note that the trial landscape offers different service plans than the free tier model for BTP, see: Get an SAP BTP Account for Tutorials. To see which services are currently available in trial, go to SAP Discovery Center, select the service you are interested in and explore our offerings under Pricing and Trial.

How does free tier work?

The global account you will create in this tutorial gives you access to a productive environment with both free and paid plans. If you activate free tier plans only, you can try out our platform for free, without time limits. You can then easily upgrade to a paid plan without losing your data or work. Creating an instance using a paid plan will incur costs, however. For more information, see Enterprise Accounts and Using Free Service Plans.

If you want to know which services currently offer free tier service plans, visit the SAP Discovery Center and explore our offerings under Free Tier Services.

SAP Discovery Center

If you’re interested in further information about Free Tier, or if you want to exchange information with other users, explore the BTP Community Topic page.

  • Step 1

    Start your SAP journey in the SAP Store and create an account for the SAP Store. You need this account in order to be able to sign up for an account.

    1. Visit the SAP Store.

    2. Scroll down to Plans and Pricing. Select Based on Usage > Add to Cart.

    3. You are now being asked to register your account. Select Register.

      If you already have an account on (for example, a P, S, C, D or I number or an SAP Universal ID), you can enter your account details or the associated e-mail address along with your password. Select Continue follow Step 3.

      Register at
    4. For new users: Fill in the required fields, and click Register. If your registration was successful, you will see a confirmation message stating “Thank you for registering”.

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  • Step 2

    After you’ve successfully registered at the SAP Store, you now need to verify your contact details.

    1. Open your e-mail account.

    2. You will find an e-mail asking you to verify your e-mail address. Select Activate my account.

      The activation of your account might take some time. Thank you for your patience.

      Activate your account
    3. Once your account has been activated, you will receive a second e-mail. Open this e-mail and select Click here to activate your account.

    4. You are being forwarded and informed that the account was successfully activated. Select Continue.

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  • Step 3

    If you’ve created a new account, you are now asked to add personal details.

    If there is already a company or organization associated with your account, you will be forwarded directly to Step 4.

    1. Select Purchase as an individual to create a global account on SAP BTP with free tier service plans.

      Purchase as an individual
    2. Next, fill out the address form and provide the following details: Country, Name, Address, City, State, and Postal Code. This information is necessary for billing purposes for when you upgrade your account from free tier service plans to paid service plans.

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  • Step 4

    The following page offers to configure your solution. Select:

    • Solution: Pay-As-You-Go for SAP Business Technology Platform
    • Quantity: 1 Subscription
    • Duration: 3 Months (default)
    • Start Date: Now (you can configure the start date if required). The account renews itself automatically.
    • Initial Cost: EUR 0.00
    Configure your solution

    Proceed by selecting Check Out.

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  • Step 5

    You are now asked to enter your credit card details, such as card holder name, card number, and expiration date. Your free tier service plans are for free. However, we need this information for authentication purposes and for billing if you decide to use standard service plans.

    If you don’t own a credit card, create a Trial Account on SAP BTP as described in Get a Free Account on SAP BTP Trial.

    Proceed by selecting Continue to Checkout Review.

    After you have signed up for an account, your credit card balance might show a reservation (for example, 1€ or 1$, depending on your currency) from SAP. However, this reservation will disappear after a couple of days and you won’t be charged for creating an account.

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  • Step 6

    You can now review your order details.

    1. If you are happy with the result, proceed by clicking Place Order.
    2. You are now asked to verify your credit card. Enter your 3D secure verification code sent to you by your credit card provider.

    If your registration was successful, your screen will show you a success message “Thank You for Your Order.” Also, an order summary will be sent to the e-mail address you supplied during the registration process.

    Your account is now being set up in the background. In times of high traffic, this process can take up to 2 hours. Thank you for your patience.

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  • Step 7

    Your order is now being processed in the background. You are ready to go, after you have received the following 3 e-mails:

    • Welcome to SAP BTP: This e-mail welcomes you to SAP BTP, informing you that the provisioning of your account is currently under way.

    • Access Information: This e-mail summarizes your provided contact details and informs you that the set-up of your system has been completed.

    • Your Personal Key: This e-mail provides you with your S-user which you’ve been assigned. Click the link in the e-mail to activate your account, set a password, and enter your global account.

    If you have not received all your e-mails, check your spam folder.

    Once you’ve set up your account, use your S-user to log in to SAP For Me to see your contract and consumption information.

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  • Step 8

    You are now in your global account, to be more precise in your Account Explorer. To access the free tier service plans, you first need to create a subaccount in your global account.

    1. Select Create in the upper right corner.

    2. Choose Subaccount.

      Create a Subaccount
    3. A window opens. In the wizard, fill out the following information for your subaccount:

      • Display Name: Choose a meaningful and unique name to identify your subaccount.

        Consider naming your subaccount ‘Free’. This way, you’ll know exactly which services are free to use.

      • Subdomain: Added automatically. The subdomain will become part of the URL for accessing applications that you subscribe to from this subaccount. The subdomain can contain only letters, digits, and hyphens (not allowed at the beginning or at the end), and must be unique across all subaccounts in the same region.

      • Region: Select the region closest to you. You can use the service catalogue in SAP Discovery Center to see which services with free tier service plans are available in each region.

        Caution: Unfortunately, Cloud Foundry Runtime is currently not available for cf-eu10 (Europe Frankfurt, Amazon Web Services).

      • Description (optional): Add an additional description to identify your subaccount.

    4. Select Create.

      The creation of your subaccount might take a couple of moments. Wait until the orange loading board “Onboarding” has disappeared.

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  • Step 9

    In your global account, you now need to assign entitlements before you can enable Cloud Foundry

    1. In your global account, navigate to Entitlements > Entity Assignments.
    2. In the Select Entities selection, choose the directory or subaccount that you want to assign entitlements to.
    3. Click Go. You’ll see a table for the directory/ subaccount with all entitlements it already has.
    4. Click Configure Entitlements, then select Add Service Plans. A popover appears with all entitlements available for your directory/ subaccount.
    5. Select the service and then the plan you want to entitle. In the search, type in Cloud Foundry Runtime.
    6. Select the plan called Free here to use the service without any costs.
    7. Click Add Service Plans to exit the popover.
    8. Click Save.
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  • Step 10

    You now need to activate Cloud Foundry environment.

    1. Go back to your subaccount by clicking on Subaccount in the navigation bar.

    2. Select Cloud Foundry Environment.

    3. Click on Enable Cloud Foundry.

      Cloud Foundry Environment
    4. In the opening wizard, select free as plan - any other configuration will generate costs. Keep the rest of settings as they are and proceed by clicking Create.

      Cloud Foundry Free plan

    Enabling Cloud Foundry environment might take a couple of moments. Thank you for patience.

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  • Step 11

    As a last step, you now need to create a space to develop in.

    1. In your subaccount, stay with Overview > Cloud Foundry Environment.

    2. Select Create Space.

      Create a space
    3. In the opening wizard, enter a meaningful name for your space. The other fields are pre-populated.

    4. Select Create.

    You will receive a success message “Space created successfully.”

    Congratulations! You have successfully set up your global account. Continue with Manage Entitlements Using the Cockpit and learn how to add entitlements to your newly created subaccount.

    The free tier model for SAP BTP allows you to easily upgrade to paid service plans without losing prior work.

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