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Playing with WhatsApp and SAP HANA Cloud Platform

Let’s do something fun with WhatsApp and SAP HANA Cloud Platform. We will build an app whereby you can take a picture from your smartphone and send it via WhatsApp, save it to HANA database and finally view the picture from the browser. I named it as “Whana” = WhatsApp and Hana 🙂





Yowsup Installation & Configuration

After you have downloaded the Yowsup library, copy the folder yowsup-master to the Python folder (in my case is C:\Python34). You also need to download the python-dateutil and copy dateutil folder to C:\Python34\Lib.

Now go to to get the WhatsApp code. Enter your dedicated mobile phone number and select SMS.


If no error, you will get the SMS message and note down the number:

WhatsApp code 192-828

Under C:\Python34\yowsup-master\src, copy the config.example to yowsup-cli.config, and indicate the following:

cc=country code; for example: 65

phone=your phone number: for example: 651234567 (without +)

leave the id and password blank at the moment.

Execute the following command to register with WhatsApp:

python C:\Python34\yowsup-master\src\yowsup-cli –register 192-828 –config C:\Python34\yowsup-master\src\yowsup-cli.config

If no error, you will get the following message:

status: ok

kind: free

pw: S1nBGCvZhb6TBQrbm2sQCfSLkXM=

price: 0,89

price_expiration: 1362803446

currency: SGD

cost: 0.89

expiration: 1391344106

login: 651234567

type: new

Copy the password S1nBGCvZhb6TBQrbm2sQCfSLkXM= and paste into pw field in yowsup-cli.config. In the end your yowsup-cli.config will look like this:





Now let’s test to send a message to this phone number 6597312234. Execute the following command:

C:\Python34>python C:\Python34\yowsup-master\src\yowsup-cli –send 6597312234 “Test message” –config C:\Python34\yowsup-master\src\yowsup-cli.config

If no error, you will see the following result and the message will be sent to 6597312234:

Authed 651234567

Sent message

I have added the functions to save the image received from the WhatsApp to the local folder: C:\java\imageWA. Just overwrite the in the  folder Example and in folder Media.

Java Folder Monitoring

On this part, we will create the Java program to monitor the folder where the Yowsup stored the WhatsApp image (i.e., C:\java\imageWA) and check if there is any image file. If there is, the program will read the file and insert into the HANA database.

Below is the snippet of the java code:

static final String IMGFolder = "C:\\java\\imageWA";
public synchronized void insert(String fileName) throws Exception, IOException, SQLException{
  FileInputStream fis = null;
  PreparedStatement ps = null;
  Date currentDate = new Date();
  String s = Long.toString(currentDate.getTime() / 1000);
  try {
  System.out.println("filename: " + fileName);
  File file = new File(IMGFolder + "\\" + fileName);
  fis = new FileInputStream(file);
  ps = conn.prepareStatement(INSERT_PICTURE);
  ps.setString(1, s);
  ps.setBinaryStream(2, fis, (int) file.length());
  int rowsInserted = ps.executeUpdate();
  if (rowsInserted > 0) {
  System.out.println("A new record was inserted successfully!");
  System.out.println(file.getName() + " is deleted!");
    System.out.println("Delete operation is failed.");
  } finally {

HANA Cloud Platform Setup

I will go through the key important files. You can find the complete source code on GitHub:



We need to create a table, mytable.hdbtable in SAP HANA database to store the image from the WhatsApp.


table.schemaName = “NEO_CG2SX3P5XHHQEO58DKM7BWU0V”;

table.tableType = COLUMNSTORE;

table.description = “My Table”;

table.columns = [

          {name = “File_Name”; sqlType = NVARCHAR; nullable = true; length=20;},

          {name = “File_Content”; sqlType = BLOB; nullable = true;}




Create the GetImage.xsjs to retrieve the image binary stream from the HANA database:

  var id = $.request.parameters.get('id');
    var conn = $.db.getConnection();
    try {
        var query = "Select \"File_Content\" From \"NEO_CG2SX3P5XHHQEO58DKM7BWU0V\".\"\" Where \"File_Name\" = " + id;
        var pstmt = conn.prepareStatement(query);
        var rs = pstmt.executeQuery();;
        $.response.headers.set("Content-Disposition", "Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=filename.jpg");
        $.response.contentType = 'image/jpg';
        $.response.status = $.net.http.OK;
    } catch (e) {
        $.response.setBody("Error while downloading : " + e);
        $.response.status = 500;


Create the GetFileName.xsjs to list down all the image file names so user can select  from the SAPUI5 table:

var query = "Select \"File_Name\" From \"NEO_CG2SX3P5XHHQEO58DKM7BWU0V\".\"\" ";
function close(closables) {
    var closable;
    var i;
    for (i = 0; i < closables.length; i++) {
        closable = closables[i];
        if (closable) {
function getFileName() {
    var FNameList = [];
    var connection = $.db.getConnection();
    var statement = null;
    var resultSet = null;
    try {
        statement = connection.prepareStatement(query);
        resultSet = statement.executeQuery();
        while ( {
            var fname = {};
            fname.file_name = resultSet.getString(1);
    } finally {
        close([resultSet, statement, connection]);
    return FNameList;
function doGetFileName() {
    try {
        $.response.contentType = "application/json";
    } catch (err) {
        $.response.contentType = "text/plain";
        $.response.setBody("Error while executing query: [" + err.message + "]");
        $.response.returnCode = 200;

Embed an Image in HTML Code

In order to view the image, we will call the function GetImage.xsjs and embed the picture into the HTML code with base64 encoding using the following tag:

<img src="data:{mime};base64,{data}" alt="My picture"/>

where {Mime} is in ‘image/imagetype’ format (eg. ‘image/jpg’ or image/png) and {data} is the base64 encoded

Here is an example when I viewed the source code of the “WhatsApp” image in the Chrome browser:



The actSearch function in the view controller will call the GetImage.xsjs based on the given image ID (filename) and encode the content in the base64 format.

actSearch: function(fname) {
        var xmlHTTP = new XMLHttpRequest();'GET', '../fd2/image/GetImage.xsjs?id=' + fname, true);
        xmlHTTP.responseType = 'arraybuffer';
        xmlHTTP.onload = function(e) {
            var arr = new Uint8Array(this.response);
            var raw = String.fromCharCode.apply(null, arr);
            var b64 = btoa(raw);
            var dataURL = "data:image/jpeg;base64," + b64;
            document.getElementById("image").src = dataURL;

Running the App

Firstly you need to open the tunnel to the SAP HANA Cloud Platform. Under folder neo-javaee6-wp-sdk, execute the following command:

neo open-db-tunnel -h “” -u “p1940803061” -a “p1940803061trial” –id “fd2”

Replace “p1940803061” with your HANA trial account ID and “fd2” with your HANA instance.


If successfull, you will get the the password: Df2sxp5HH8H6BGv and user: DEV_5GKYRR9GKKT9NTV5RD7U0DGMG. Update the pwd and user value in the



Run the Yowsup. Execute below command:

python C:\Python34\yowsup-master\src\yowsup-cli –interactive <phone_number> –wait –autoack –keepalive –config C:\Python34\yowsup-master\src\yowsup-cli.config


And finally run the Java Folder Monitoring app:

java FolderMonitor

Demo Video


In other case, I have also built a CCTV home security and upload the video clip to the DropBox (or HANA). Here is the video:

Hope your are enjoy “Whana” and thank you for reading my blog. Please let me know if you have any question/comment.

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      Author's profile photo Dibyajyoti Nanda
      Dibyajyoti Nanda

      Hi Ferry,

      Thanks for a beautiful blog.

      I am trying with this command but i am getting below error.

      would you please help me with this

      Thanks & Regards

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      Author's profile photo Ferry Gunawan
      Ferry Gunawan
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Dibyajyoti,

      Thanks. Are you able to run the yowsup itself? try to run this first:

      python C:\Python34\yowsup-master\src\yowsup-cli

      Any error message came out?  Please also uncomment the line 207 in yowsup-cli code:

      parser.add_argument('-D','--dbus', help='Start DBUS interface', action="store_true", required=False, default=False)


      Ferry Djaja

      Author's profile photo Dibyajyoti Nanda
      Dibyajyoti Nanda

      Thanks Ferry,

      I have tried with below command

      python C:\Python33\yowsup-master\src\yowsup-cli

      but it is also throwing same error

      FYI-I have changed below information in the file

      cc=country code; for example: 65

      phone=your phone number: for example: 651234567 (without +)

      Thanks & Regards

      Dibyajyoti Nanda

      Author's profile photo Ferry Gunawan
      Ferry Gunawan
      Blog Post Author

      Which version of python that you are using currently? I am using Python 3.4.1

      When executing python C:\Python34\yowsup-master\src\yowsup-cli, you should see the below message:


      Please attach your yowsup-cli code so I can try on my side.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Ferry,

      I have installed 3.4.1.

      I am also getting Invalid Syntax error.

      u can use the below link to download my yowsup-cli file




      Author's profile photo Ferry Gunawan
      Ferry Gunawan
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Manna,

      It looks like there is no yowsup-master in your Python folder.

      Please copy yowsup-master to your C:\Python34 and also copy the dateutil folder to C:\Python34\Lib. Let's do that first and let  me know the outcome.



      Ferry Djaja

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      Former Member

      Hi Ferry,

      Thanks for the prompt reply. I have copied yowsup-master to c:\python34, only dateutil folder needs to copied or complete python-dateutil-2.0 folder? please see the screenshot below



      Manna Das

      Author's profile photo Ferry Gunawan
      Ferry Gunawan
      Blog Post Author

      Great. Only dateutil folder.

      Author's profile photo Basar Ozgur Kahraman
      Basar Ozgur Kahraman

      Another nice blog by Ferry,

      Thank you for sharing..

      Author's profile photo Bruno Lucattelli
      Bruno Lucattelli

      Some people think this is the kind of app that it's just a toy. To me, it's a serious POC! Thanks for sharing this great content with all of us. Very inspiring!

      Author's profile photo Ferry Gunawan
      Ferry Gunawan
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Bruno. The initial app is running under Raspberry Pi and I was thinking why not using Hana...and in the end I came out with this blog.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hi Ferry,

      Indeed, its a great idea. I am a newbie to the cloud platform and I am already excited about how it can be leveraged. Your post is apt for starting up. I will try. Thank you. Cheers.

      Author's profile photo Shankar Narayanan SGS
      Shankar Narayanan SGS

      Awesome post Ferry Gunawan You have explored both Mobile and Cloud and brought together this.



      Author's profile photo Ferry Gunawan
      Ferry Gunawan
      Blog Post Author

      Thanks Shankar 🙂

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Hello guys,

      I'm trying to follow this post, but I have some problems.

      Today I am using yowsup2 and now I'm trying to save photos received from yowsup the PC (for example: C:\java\imageWA).

      I'm getting that answer.

      How do I change the way?


      Author's profile photo Sergio Guerrero
      Sergio Guerrero

      Awesome blog! keep it up

      Author's profile photo Vipin Nagpal
      Vipin Nagpal

      Hi Expert,

      Can i send message to Whatsapp from ABAP?


      Author's profile photo Sachin Khera
      Sachin Khera

      Nice Can we do this traditional ECC or S/4 HANA on-premises as well