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Installing SAP HANA HDB Client (Windows)

By John Currie

Install the client package if you intend to develop XS applications on a machine that will not have a local SAP HANA 2.0, express edition installation.


You will learn

How to install the SAP HANA client on a Windows machine, using either a graphical user interface or a command line.

The server machine in these instructions refers to the laptop on which SAP HANA 2.0, express edition is installed, while client machine refers to your local machine. You do not need to install the two on same machine or VM.

The clients let you access SAP HANA 2.0, express edition, from your client machine. This is the Reduced SAP Client package.

The clients included with the SAP HANA HDB client software package are:

  • JDBC

  • ODBC



  • Python (PyDBAPI)


To install the SAP HANA HDB client on a Windows machine, use either a graphical user interface or a command line.

Step 1: Download the client package

Install the Download Manager to your client machine and download the client package.

  1. Save the Download Manager installation files to your client machine and open it.

  2. In Download Manager, in the Image menu, select either Virtual Machine or Binary Installer.

  3. Click Browse and select a directory where your client package will be saved.

  4. Select the Clients package that matches the machine you will be installing the clients on. Clear the Select boxes of all other packages.

  5. Click Download. The hdb_client_<OS>.tgz file ( for Windows) downloads to your save directory.

  6. Extract the compressed clients file:

    • For Windows and Mac machines, use a compression utility.

    • For Linux, navigate to the directory in which you wish to extract the client files and use the tar command:

cd <preferred_filepath>
sudo tar <download_filepath>/clients_<OS>.zip
This extracts the following files and their contents:


-   `hdb_client_linux_x86_64.tgz`

-   ``


-   `hdb_client_linux_ppc64le.tgz`

-   ``


-   `hdb_client_windows_x86_32.tgz`

-   `hdb_client_windows_x86_64.tgz`

-   ``


-   `hdb_client_mac.tgz`

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Step 2: Install the SAP HANA HDB client

SAP HANA HDB client installation supports both GUI and console methods.

  1. Use a compression utility to extract the downloaded files or for 32-bit and 64-bit installations respectively.

    The following file path is created:



  2. Navigate to the HDB_CLIENT_WINDOWS_86_32 or HDB_CLIENT_WINDOWS_X86_64 folder.

  3. In the file explorer, double-click:

    • hdbsetup.exe - GUI installation

    • hdbinst.exe - Command line installation

    Or from a command prompt:

    Call the program hdbsetup (GUI installation) or hdbinst (command line installation) by entering one of the following commands:

    • GUI - hdbsetup [-a client]

    • Command Line - hdbinst [-a client] [option list]

    Follow the onscreen prompts displayed by the installation tool.

  4. Add the installation path to the PATH environment variable. For information on setting environments variables, see the documentation for your operating system.

Step 3: Log the installation

The system automatically logs the SAP HANA HDB client installation. The log files are stored at %TEMP%\hdb_client_<time_stamp> for Windows and /var/temp/hdb_client_<time_stamp> for Linux.

Step 4: Connect to SAP HANA, express edition

Connect to a SAP HANA 2.0, express edition system using either JDBC or Python.

See these Tutorials:

Step 5: Uninstall the SAP HANA HDB client

Each installation has its own uninstallation tool. Use the hdbuninst command to uninstall the client software from your command prompt.

sudo <unzipped_filepath>/HDB_CLIENT_<version>/hdbuninst

Follow the instructions on the screen to uninstall the SAP HANA HDB client.

Updated 07/16/2018

Time to Complete

10 min



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