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Install the SAP HANA Client

Learn about the multiple ways to install the SAP HANA client.
You will learn
  • How to install the SAP HANA client
  • The two locations where SAP HANA client installs can be downloaded from
danielvaDan van LeeuwenJune 20, 2022
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March 29, 2020


  • A Microsoft Windows, Mac, or Linux machine

This tutorial will demonstrate how to install the SAP HANA client. The next tutorial in this mission will demonstrate how to use HDBSQL, which is a command line utility included with the client’s installation, to connect to SAP HANA. The tutorials cover Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac. If there are commands that are different depending on the platform, multiple sets of commands will be provided and the title will say Shell (Microsoft Windows) or Shell (Linux or Mac). Note that on Microsoft Windows, the shell used is the Command Prompt.

  • Step 1

    The SAP HANA client provides a set of utilities and drivers to connect to and query a SAP HANA database from multiple programming APIs, such as Node.js, Python or Java as shown below.


    For a complete list, see SAP HANA Client Interface Programming Reference.

    For a list of newly added features, see New and Changed Features in the SAP HANA Client or the release notes.

    The SAP HANA client can be used to connect to different versions of SAP HANA. For example, a 2.13.x client can connect to SAP HANA Cloud, SAP HANA Service, or SAP HANA 2.0. For more information, see SAP HANA client and server cross-version compatibility.

  • Step 2
    1. Download the client installer for your platform (Microsoft Windows, Linux, or Mac) from the SAP Development Tools website under the HANA tab and the SAP HANA Client 2.0 section.

      An alternate location to download the client installer (SAP Software Downloads) is described in step 3 which includes the SAP Common Crypto library and additional platforms such as Windows 32-bit and AIX. SAP Software Downloads also may contain newer versions and patches before they are available on the SAP Development Tools site.

      Client Download
    2. On Microsoft Windows, unzip the downloaded file in a temporary location.

      On Linux or a Mac, use the following:

      Shell (Linux or Mac)
      tar -zxvf hanaclient*.tar.gz
    3. Start the graphical installer hdbsetup or use the command line installer hdbinst.

      Shell (Microsoft Windows)
      Shell (Linux or Mac)

      Set the install directory to C:\sap\hdbclient on Microsoft Windows or to users/your_user/sap/hdbclient on Linux or macOS and complete the installation.


      If the install fails, try running the installer with administrator privilege (i.e. On Microsoft Windows, right-click on hdbsetup.exe and choose Run as an administrator).

      If an older version is already installed, it can be upgraded or it can be uninstalled by running hdbuninst from the folder where the client is installed. For example c:\sap\hdbclient\install\hdbuninst

    4. After the installation process is completed, update your path environment variable so that the SAP HANA client programs such as hdbsql can be found on your path. On Microsoft Windows, click the Start icon and search for environment variables.

      Environment variable

      For details on how to configure your path on a Mac see this blog post.

      To configure your path on Linux:

      Open an editor to edit the file .bash_profile, .profile, or .zshrc (macOS with zsh).

      Shell (Linux or Mac)
      pico ~/.bash_profile

      Replace pico with your preferred text editor.

      Add the following line to it after changing it to match the location of where the SAP HANA client was installed.

      Shell (Linux or Mac)
      export PATH=$PATH:/home/dan/sap/hdbclient

      Run the source command to immediately apply all the changes made to the .bash_profile file

      Shell (Linux or Mac)
      source ~/.bash_profile
    5. In the hdbclient folder, notice that files such as hdbsql and the client database drivers are available.

      Clients Post Installation
    6. Run the following command in a newly opened shell to verify the installation succeeded and the path is correct.

      hdbsql -v
      Version of HDBSQL

    The install from SAP Development Tools does not contain the SAP Cryptographic Library. This can be seen by examining the C:\SAP\hdbclient\ file.

    The SAP Cryptographic Library is only required when client-side data encryption is used, for LDAP Authentication or for cases where a preference is to use the SAP Common Crypto Library over the libraries provided by the OS. For more information, see the following:

  • Step 3

    Another download location is the Software Downloads, which requires signing in before downloading. Software Downloads provides additional platforms such as 32-bit Windows and AIX. Versions of the SAP HANA client downloaded from here include the SAP Common Crypto Library.

    For additional details on supported platforms, see SAP Note 3165810 - SAP HANA Client Supported Platforms and SAP Note 2938939 - SAP HANA Client Legacy Platforms.

    1. Download the software.

      If you have a license for SAP HANA Cloud, follow the instructions at Download and Install the SAP HANA Client.

      If you have a license for an on-premise version of SAP HANA, follow the instructions provided at Install the SAP HANA Client on Microsoft Windows.

      The downloaded software is the same regardless of which one is used.

      Software Downloads
    2. Extract the software using SAPCAR.

      The downloaded file is a .sar file and the utility SAPCAR is needed to extract it. SAPCAR can also be downloaded from Software Downloads.

      The command to extract a .sar file is shown below. The command options are extract, verbose and file.

      Shell (Microsoft Windows Command Prompt)
      SAPCAR_1010-70006231.EXE -xvf IMDB_CLIENT*.SAR
      Shell (Linux or Mac)
      chmod u+x SAPCAR
      ./SAPCAR_1010-70006178.EXE -xvf IMDB_CLIENT*.SAR

      For further information on SAPCAR or if you are having troubles using it, see SAP HANA, SAPCAR, and macOS.

    Congratulations! You now have the SAP HANA client installed.

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