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SAP River: Accessing with Python – Getting Started

Inspired by John Appleby’s blog 10 Tips for SAP River Developers, SAP HANA Academy’s Philip Mugglestone provides an introductory video tutorial on accessing SAP River applications with Python.

Python is a free, open-source scripting environment that is great for prototyping and rapid application development.

Philip first shows how to install Python. Philip instructs to download the proper version from and follow the prompted steps to install. Entering “python –V” into a command prompt window on a windows machine enables python.

To simplify Python and make succinct calls when doing HTTP requests, Philip installs a package from Once downloaded, Philip enters “python” in the command window followed by entering “C:\Python33\Scripts>pip install requests” to complete the installation of the pip requests.

Philip shows how to make HTTP calls for a SAP River application using python’s JSON language.  Philip gives an example of how to give authorization rights, make a get request, and how to get an object back.

After the code is fully prepared, Philip shows how to get and interpret the results by running Python.

Philip’s video shows how to use Python to access SAP River applications.

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-Tom Flanagan

SAP HANA Academy

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