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Since the announcement that SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio went live this week, several have asked how to find it to download.  Here is where I found it:

Go to

Navigate to Installations and Upgrades

A-Z Index

Select “D” for Design Studio


Once you click into it, some important information is displayed (source: SAP):

“SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio consists of two Software Components which are available for download separately:

  • SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio Client – the Application Designer frontend tool for MS Windows. Technical Software Component name is SBOP DESIGN STUDIO CLIENT.
  • SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio BIP Add-On – the Add-On for BI Platform 4.0. Technical Software Component name is SBOP DESIGN STUDIO BIP ADD ON.

The installation on BI Platform 4.0 requires Support Package 05 which is avaliable for download under the BI Platform 4.0. Deployments on lower Support Packages are not supported.”

Design Studio does not require a license key.

You will see two files to download:


Note 886535 gives you more information on how to download and extract multi-spanning files.  Follow those instructions (I did not, and paid for it later).

After extracting, you can start the client-side installation (the Design Tool). 


Open the DS_CLIENT_10 folder


Double-click SAPDsx86Setup


Then click Next


At this screen above, click Next


Select the target directory and click Next

Then depending on your operating system you can launch Design Studio by going to SAP Business Intelligence -> SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio



A successful install!

Notice that I am not showing how to install the Analysis Application Services, as it states you need SP05, and I am not on that.  The installation guide walks you through those steps.

Here is the link to the installation guide:

If you don’t see it in your download, I recommend watching this video and then follow up with your account rep:

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  1. Former Member

    Hi Tammy,

    Thanks a lot for your sharing.

    I am facing a issue when downloading the software, it pops up HTTP 403 forbidden error. Do you have any idea?



      1. Former Member

        Hi Tammy, Looking for 1)SBOP DESIGN STUDIO CLIENT. 2)SBOP DESIGN STUDIO BIP ADD ON. all over SAP market place finally found your steps. Thanks for sharing the guidelines. Appreciate your help as always. Regards, Venu

  2. Former Member

    Hi Tammy,

    My company is existing customer for SAP BOE. we are planning to use Design studio.

    Existing SAP BO Enterprise license are support this ? or we need to purchase separate license for Design studio.



  3. Former Member


    I want to use Design Studio directly with HANA. When I connect using HANA as backend, the system logs me in well. But when I create and application and add a data source, it gives me the following error:

    BI exception with class “ConnectionException” and message “No connection factory found for type HDB…

    The question I have is.. do I have to now install BI.. Can I not simply create and publish to HANA?

    Thank you for your help.


    1. Tammy Powlas Post author

      HI – I recommend you review the SAP PAM at to see if your version is compatible with Design Studio; if it is then I recommend searching the forum for your error message – that is the fastest way to resolve your issue.


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