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Here’s what you need to do to connect to a HANA database from PowerBuilder via JDBC.

A word about my setup.  I was using Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.  PowerBuilder 12.5.1 Classic.

First, download the SAP HANA Client from the SAP HANA Development Center.  Make sure you choose the 32 bit driver version.

(You will also need the SAP HANA Studio as well to set up the user id / password but that’s for another time).

Next, in PowerBuilder go to Tools – System Options and select the Java tab.  Add to the Classpath setting the following:

C:\Program Files (x86)\SAP\hdbclient\ngdbc.jar


You should change the path to match the installation location for your particular situation.

Assuming you already have HANA set up somewhere (using Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a good place) along with a user id and password, connect your transaction object with the following code.


SQLCA.LogPass = <password> // password in quotes

SQLCA.LogId = <userid> // user id in quotes

SQLCA.AutoCommit = False

SQLCA.DBParm = “Driver=’’,URL=’jdbc:sap:// reconnect=true’,PBCatalogOwner=’SYSTEM’,OJSyntax=’ANSI'”

Pay attention to the URL.  The example here uses HANA running on AWS.

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  1. St├ęphane MARIE

    Hi Matt.

    Would you have the same kind of walkthrough for PowerDesigner ?

    I cannot find the Tools/System Equivalent, and my attempts at creating any Data Connection profile just failed…

    Thanks for your help


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