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Deploy a Node.js Application for SAP HANA, Express Edition


Deploy a Node.js Application for SAP HANA, Express Edition

By csoane

Deploy a sample Node.jsapplication which connects to SAP HANA, Express Edition.

You will learn

This tutorial will guide you through the process to deploy a sample Node.js application which connects to SAP HANA, Express Edition.


Step 1: Prepare Environment for Node.js
  1. Find the right package to download from Node.js Foundation

Look for Windows download

###### Note prior to executing the installation steps make sure that proxy configuration are set properly

  1. Install support package for Node.js and Express

Follow the prompts and install Node.js. The installation downloads to the default location.

In case you need to change the installation location from the defaults, make sure to update the PATH variable

% npm install -g express-generator

Step 2: Develop Simple Node.js Application
  1. Create a simple standalone node.js app:
    % mkdir hxeapp % cd hxeapp
    Edit a file named hxeapp.js with the following content:

console.log ("Hello Node World!")
Test the simple app created in the previous step

% cd hxeapp % node hxeapp.js
2. Access the HANA express content from this Node application.

First install HANA database driver to Node. Ignore any warnings that it may produce.

% npm install hdb

  1. Create a Node application that allows you to access HANA express edition data.

Open the hxeapps.js file and add the following content:

###### Note: HXE host IP Address provided should be accessible from any host

// Reference HANA driver in the Node app and update the connection details
var hdb = require(‘hdb’);

// Modify the host IP and password based on your system information
var client = hdb.createClient({
host : ‘’,
port : 39013,
user : ‘SYSTEM’,
password : ‘

// select from a sample table
var sql = “select * from m_database”;

// Execute the query and output the results
// Note: this code doesn’t handle any errors (e.g. connection failures etc.,)

 client.connect(function (err)
         client.exec (sql, function (err, rows)
         console.log('Results:', rows);

`` 4. Replace thewith the IP address or host name of your HANA Express database server. Replace the` with your database system user password. Then save changes.

  1. Start your application:
    % node hxeapp.js

The above command should produce results something like the below:

Results: [ { SYSTEM_ID: 'HXE', DATABASE_NAME: 'SYSTEMDB', HOST: 'hxehost', START_TIME: '2017-04-27T16:40:25.797', VERSION: '', USAGE: 'DEVELOPMENT' } ]

Step 3: Extend Application Extend Simple Node.js Application to Run as a Web Application
  1. Modify this app to be a WebApp.

Install support packages for Node.js and Express.
###### Ignore warnings, if any are displayed:

% npm install express
Execute express to create a template for developing WebApp

% cd hxeapp % express

Above step will template files with dependencies.

###### Note: It was installed manually previously. We want to do it automatically along with other packages

Modify package.json to include hdb driver.

Edit package.json and add below line in the dependencies section.

"hdb": "~0.12.4"

After the edits, your package.json file would looks something like:

  "name": "hxeapp",
  "version": "0.0.0",
  "private": true,
  "scripts": {
    "start": "node ./bin/www"
  "dependencies": {
    "body-parser": "~1.17.1",
    "cookie-parser": "~1.4.3",
    "debug": "~2.6.3",
    "express": "~4.15.2",
    "jade": "~1.11.0",
    "morgan": "~1.8.1",
    "pug": "^2.0.0-beta6",
    "serve-favicon": "~2.4.2",
    "hdb": "~0.12.4"
  1. Call npm install to pull the dependencies

% npm install

Create an app that does what our hxeapp.js does, but now we should modify the template file to do it.

Your directory content would look something like:

$ ls routes/
index.js  users.js
  1. Modify the index.js file to include the following code snippet:
var express = require('express');
   var hdb    = require('hdb');
   var router = express.Router();
   var client = hdb.createClient({
    host     : '<HXE host id IP>',
    port     : 39013,
    user     : 'SYSTEM',
    password : '<HXE SYSTEM user password>'
var sql = "select * from m_database";

router.get('/', function(req, res, next)
    client.connect(function (err)
        if (err)
            return console.error('Connect error', err);
        client.exec(sql, function(err, rows)
            res.render('index', { title: 'Sample Node.js on HANA express', datarow: rows });
        if (err)
            return console.error('Execute error:', err);
module.exports = router;
  1. Replace the <HXE host id IP> with the IP address or host name of your HANA Express database server. Replace the <HXE SYSTEM user password> with your database system user password. Then save changes.

  2. Edit the file views/index.jade that controls the WebApp output layout as follows:

extends layout

block content
  h1= title
  - each v, k in datarow[0]
    p #{k} : #{v}
  1. Start the application
   % npm start

Open a new browser and access http://localhost:3000/
Notice that the browser displays information like what was displayed in earlier output.

Next Steps

Updated 09/13/2017

Time to Complete

30 Min



and Assumptions
- Proficiency: Beginner
- User has Python environment setup already (preferably Python 3.5 or above)
- User knows how to install packages and develop using Python and Node.js
- Setup: HANA, express edition must be running and accessible from your client platform. For instructions on how to setup a HANA, express edition see the HANA Express database deploy tutorial.
- This tutorial assumes that you have a database login that can access the M_DATABASE view in the HANA, express edition SystemDB.
- Tutorials: [Create a new project using Node.js and HANA, express edition]

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