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Connect Using the SAP HANA Node.js Interface

Connect Using the SAP HANA Node.js Interface

November 23, 2021
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March 29, 2020
Create and debug a Node.js application that connects to SAP HANA using the SAP HANA client.

You will learn

  • How to install Node.js and the SAP HANA client Node.js driver
  • How to create a Node.js application that queries a SAP HANA database
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  • You have completed the first 3 tutorials in this mission.

Node.js provides a JavaScript runtime outside of the browser and uses an asynchronous event driven programming model. For more details, see Introduction to Node.js.

Step 1: Install Node.js

Ensure you have Node.js installed and check its version. Enter the following command:

node -v  

If Node.js is installed, the currently installed version is returned, such as v15.3.0.

If Node.js is not installed, download the long-term support (LTS) version of Node.js from Download Node.js.

An install for Node.js is not provided on Linux. You may choose to install it via a package manager. For more details, please navigate to this link.

During the installation, there is no need to check the following box as you do not need to install Chocolatey.


The SAP HANA client provides a 32-bit and a 64-bit install, as does Node.js. The Node.js driver provided with the SAP HANA client is available for 64-bit only and supports Node.js versions 8.11.2 and higher. For additional details see SAP note 3006307 - SAP HANA Client Supported Platforms for 2.7 and higher.

Another option is to use a docker image that contains Node.js as shown below.

docker run -it --name=nodealpine node:alpine /bin/bash
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Step 2: Install SAP HANA client for Node.js from NPM

Node.js packages are available using NPM, which is the standard package manager for Node.js.

  1. Enter hana client, and click Search.

    Search for hana-client

    The page for the SAP HANA Node.js package on npm is shown below.

    npm page for hana-client

    It contains additional sample code, a weekly download counter, information about previous versions and the command to install the package using the npm command line interface (cli).

  2. Create a folder named node and enter the newly created directory.

    mkdir %HOMEPATH%\HANAClientsTutorial\node
    cd %HOMEPATH%\HANAClientsTutorial\node
    mkdir $HOME/HANAClientsTutorial/node
    cd $HOME/HANAClientsTutorial/node
  3. Initialize the project and install the hana-client driver from NPM.

    npm init -y
    npm install @sap/hana-client

    The hana-client driver contains native libraries as shown below.

    pre built libraries

    When installed using NPM, the native libraries for all available platforms are downloaded. The following environment variable can be used to remove the other platforms reducing the size of the project. For additional details, see Node.js Environment Variables.

    npm uninstall @sap/hana-client
    npm install @sap/hana-client
    npm uninstall @sap/hana-client
    npm install @sap/hana-client

    The hana-client driver is also available from the HANA client install folder. The install location was set during the install.

    npm install C:\SAP\hdbclient\node

    If you encounter an error about permissions, on Microsoft Windows, run or open the command prompt as an administrator, or use sudo on Linux or Mac.

  4. The following command lists the Node.js modules that are now installed locally into the HANAClientsTutorial\node folder. Note that the extraneous message can be ignored.

    npm list
    npm list

Some Tips

At this point, the SAP HANA client module has been installed into the HANAClientsTutorials\node\node_modules folder and added as a dependency in the packages.json file. The following is some extra optional information on NPM.

Node.js modules can also be installed globally. To see the list of Node.js modules installed globally enter the following command.

The depth parameter can be used to specify the number of levels to show when displaying module dependencies. By setting depth=x, a tree-structure is outputted that shows modules that are x levels below the top-level module.

npm list -g
npm list -g --depth=0

Command line help for NPM is available. A few examples of this are shown below.

npm help
npm help list

Additional information can be found out for a module, such as the debug module, via the info command.

npm info @sap/hana-client

The following commands can be used to view the latest available version of a package, remove a package, add a specific version of a package and then update it to the latest version.

npm view @sap/hana-client version
npm uninstall @sap/hana-client
npm install @sap/hana-client@2.4.167
npm list @sap/hana-client
npm update @sap/hana-client
npm list @sap/hana-client
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Step 3: Create a Node.js application that queries SAP HANA
  1. Open a file named nodeQuery.js in an editor.

    notepad nodeQuery.js

    Substitute pico below for your preferred text editor.

    pico nodeQuery.js
  2. Add the code below to nodeQuery.js. Note that the values for host, port, user name and password are provided by the previously configured hdbuserstore key USER1UserKey.

    'use strict';
    const { PerformanceObserver, performance } = require('perf_hooks');
    var util = require('util');
    var hana = require('@sap/hana-client');
    var connOptions = {
        //Option 1, retrieve the connection parameters from the hdbuserstore
        serverNode: '@USER1UserKey',  //host,port, uid, and pwd retrieved from hdbuserstore
        //Option 2, specify the connection parameters
        //serverNode: 'your host:your port',
        //UID: 'USER1',
        //PWD: 'Password1',
        //Additional parameters
        //As of 2.7 trace info can be directed to stdout or stderr
        //traceFile: 'stdout',
        //traceOptions: 'sql=warning',
        //As of SAP HANA Client 2.6, connections on port 443 enable encryption by default (HANA Cloud).
        //encrypt: 'true',  //Must be set to true when connecting to HANA as a Service
        sslValidateCertificate: 'false',  //Must be set to false when connecting to an SAP HANA, express edition instance that uses a self-signed certificate.
        //Used to specify where the trust store is located.
        //For encrypted connections, the default crypto provider is mscrypto on Windows or openSSL on Linux or macos
        //To use the SAP crypto provider, uncomment the below line.
        //sslCryptoProvider: 'commoncrypto',
        //As of SAP HANA Client 2.6 for OpenSSL connections, the following settings can be ignored as root certificates are read from the default OS location.
        //ssltruststore: '/home/dan/.ssl/trust.pem',
        //Alternatively provide the contents of the certificate directly (DigiCertGlobalRootCA.pem)
        //DigiCert Global Root CA: used for SAP HANA cloud
        //on-premise cert can be retrieved using openssl s_client -connect localhost:39015
        //This option is not supported with the mscrypto provider (the default provider on Windows)
        //ssltruststore: '-----BEGIN CERTIFICATE-----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-----END CERTIFICATE-----'
    //Synchronous  example querying a table
    var connection = hana.createConnection();
    //As of 2.9, tracing can be directed to a callback
    var traceCB = function (buf) {
    connection.onTrace("sql=error,debug=fatal,OutBufferSize=64k", traceCB);  
    //connection.onTrace("", null);  //disables callback tracing for the rest of the program
    var sql = 'select TITLE, FIRSTNAME, NAME from HOTEL.CUSTOMER;';
    var t0 =
    var result = connection.exec(sql);
    console.log(util.inspect(result, { colors: false }));
    var t1 =;
    console.log("time in ms " +  (t1 - t0));
    //Asynchronous example calling a stored procedure
    connection = hana.createConnection();
    connection.connect(connOptions, function(err) {
        if (err) {
            return console.error(err);
        //Prepared statement example
        const statement = connection.prepare('CALL HOTEL.SHOW_RESERVATIONS(?,?)');
        const parameters = [11, '2020-12-24'];
        var results = statement.execQuery(parameters, function(err, results) {
            if (err) {
                return console.error(err);
            while ( {
                console.log(util.inspect(results.getValues(), { colors: false }));
            results.close(function(err) {
                if (err) {
                    return console.error(err);
                statement.drop(function(err) {
                    if (err) {
                        return console.error(err);
                    return connection.disconnect(function(err) {
                        if (err) {
                            return console.error(err);
  3. Run the app.

    node nodeQuery.js
    SAP HANA Express result

Note the above app makes use of some of the SAP HANA client Node.js driver methods, such as connect, execute and disconnect.

In nodeQuery.js, synchronous and asynchronous queries are performed. Notice that asynchronous method calls use callback functions. See JavaScript Asynchronous Programming and Callbacks for additional details.

To enable debug logging of the SAP HANA Node.js client, enter the following command and then rerun the app.

set DEBUG=*
node nodeQuery.js
export DEBUG=*
node nodeQuery.js
debug output

The value of the environment variable DEBUG can be seen and removed with the commands below.

set DEBUG=
printenv | grep DEBUG
unset DEBUG
printenv | grep DEBUG
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Step 4: Debug the application

Visual Studio Code can run and debug a Node.js application. It is a lightweight but powerful source code editor which is available on Windows, macOS and Linux.

  1. If required, download Visual Studio Code..

  2. In Visual Studio Code, choose File | Add Folder to Workspace and then add the HANAClientsTutorial folder.

  3. Open the file nodeQuery.js.

  4. Place a breakpoint inside the connection.exec callback. Select Run | Start Debugging | Node.js.

    Notice that the debug view becomes active.

    Notice that the program stops running at the breakpoint that was set. Observe the variable values in the leftmost pane. Step through code.

    VS Code Debugging

Congratulations! You have created and debugged a Node.js application that connects to and queries an SAP HANA database.

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