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NOTE: ASE license expiry

New ASE license is available here:

Renew ASE License: SAP Document Center

(This SAP Document Center folder includes instructions.)

(6th July, 2017 – I’ll leave this here till the end of this month. I have also included it under “ASE license expiry in the Concise Installation Guide.)


Note: This document refers to version 750 SP02 of the SAP ABAP application server, developer edition.

For a full list of all available developer editions, please see the overview page:
Get all free trial versions

The download provides the software required to install and run SAP NetWeaver Application Server ABAP 7.50 SP2. You can explore it and learn how to develop modern ABAP applications with core data services and SAPUI5 or you can get an overview on SAP’s client/server technology.
Just like the versions we offer in the Cloud, this developer edition is preconfigured to run to run the Database Feature Gallery and the Enterprise Procurement Model programming examples out of the box.
It contains:

  • SAP NetWeaver 7.5 SPS2
  • SAP GUI for the Java Environment 7.40 and SAP GUI for Windows 7.40 in recent versions
  • SAP Sybase ASE 16.0.1

Download Information
See the following for the actual download (in the form of several .rar files), along with more information: SAP Development Tools: ABAP Global).


You need to read and accept the SAP Software End User License Agreement.


Operating Systems

This developer edition has been successfully tested with recent versions of the following Linux distributions:

  • openSUSE
  • Fedora
  • RHEL
  • Ubuntu and Debian: You need to install csh before you start the installation!
  • Other distributions may require manual setup.

NB 1: You must use a 64-Bit OS version.
NB 2: Linux newbies don’t run away! We have written thorough, step-by-step instructions on how to set up a Linux VM and how to run the AS ABAP installation. They are available at the end of this blog. As a relative newbie myself, I can vouch for them.


Hardware requirements

  • x86_64 processor based hardware
  • at least 6 GB RAM and about 8 GB swap space
  • about 100 GB free disk space for the server installation
  • about 2 GB free disk space for the client installation

OK, if this is your first time working with VBox / Linux / ABAP AS developer download, or if you are experiencing problems, this blog will give you all the information you need:
Linux for Newbies: Installing ABAP AS on openSUSE on Oracle VirtualBox

Linux and ABAP AS download veterans can now go ahead downloading the software, following the concise installation instructions:
SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP 7.50 SP2 – Developer Edition to Download: Concise Installation Guide


Update / Troubleshooting

OK, two weeks have now passed.

It took us a lot longer than anticipated to make this trial version publicly available, which is bad, and something we want to improve on for next time.

We have already had a very high takeup, which is great. Everyone of us involved in this believes strongly in the idea of getting ABAP out of the ivory tower, and letting as many people try it out as possible, so it is very satisfying for us when people take us up on this.

The corollary to this is we have had a high volume of questions in the forum. Which is not surprising as such, but perhaps we need to clarify what we can and can’t do, based on the resources we have.

What we can’t do is provide technical support.

Many of the questions I’m seeing are not actually specific to the trial version, so I would suggest that other sites – with higher overall visitor numbers – may be more efficient:

For VirtualBox questions (ie if you don’t get as far as openSUSE):

Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Getting Started
(For example, see chapter 6.3 : Creating a New Virtual Machine)

Also, check out the : Oracle VirtualBox Forum


For openSUSE :
If you are newish to Linux, and want to do one thing to get up to speed, I would suggest familiarity with XTerm. Fortunately, you can do this directly inside Xterm, by running the command vimtutor
I also found William Schotts’ guide helpful – and surprisingly readable:
The Linux Command Line

Also, check out the SAP on Linux forum: SCN SAP on Linux Forum

There is also a general (non-SAP) forum for openSUSE : openSUSE Forum



SCN forum (new)

SCN forum – old archive


These are suggestions based on actual questions that have been posted.

To the extent that the earlier version of this blog was misleading, I apologize.

I hope that, nonetheless, you will overcome these issues and will enjoy learning about ABAP in the near future.


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  1. Marcus Roth

    Is there a step-by-step tutorial showing these changes inside the tgz-aa and tar archives in the main installation folder? I tried this several times using different tools, but no solution in sight!


      1. Julian R

        Hi Marcus

        You must uncompress and compress in Linux system follow this instructions :

        • Log as a ROOT and get the file in the source directory dbexe.tgz-aa
        • Now descompress file with this command in /user/src/ directory for example
        tar zxvf dbexe.tgz-aa -C /usr/src/
        • Then choose the new .lic of  kar and copy it in this directory


        cp SYBASE_ASE_TestDrive.lic /sybase/NPL/SYSAM-2_0/licenses/

        • Now compress the directory  SYBASE
        tar -zcvf dbexe.tgz-aa sybase

        Now move this file with CP command to the source directory of installation


        Finally run the script le me if it works


  2. Abu Naser Muinuddin

    I am planning to buy new Laptop for SAP setup. Usually the laptop is given with Windows 7/10 64 bit.

    My queries:

    1. What is the optimum configuration of Laptop?
    2. SSD disk is mandatory?



    1. Achim Stecher

      Hi Naser,

      1.) go for a 4 Core CPU minimum, 8GB of RAM minimum, and plan 100GB for the virtual machine

      2.) it’s not but makes it faster to boot the operating system and to load the virtual machine. Optimum would be to have one SSD for the OS and one for the VM. But: normal harddrives are working as well. just start it, go get a coffee/tea and start working 😉



    2. Rainer Winkler

      I would focus on memory, 16 GB help. 8GB might force you to close many other applications, I have some applications open, and after starting SAP I need now already 10GB of memory.

      My impression is, that as long as I did run the SAP system in a virtual machine, I never had performance issues, so I would focus on installing enough memory.

  3. Andreas Kratz


    some weeks ago the SAP NetWeaver Application Server ABAP 7.50 SP2 was working fine in a Linux VM on my SAP Laptop. But now when I try to start the system as before by calling the batch file startsap I got the following screen output and afterwards there’s no further progress:

    /home/npladm> startsap
    Checking syb Database
    Database is not available via R3trans
    starting database NPL …
    Log file: /sybase/NPL/startdb.log

    What’s wrong with the installation?

    Thanks, kind regards,



  4. Gerardo Pascual

    The Developer access key 35408798513176413512 is not being accepted. Does anyone know a new Developer access key for the Developer’s edition?

    Thank you.

  5. Danilo Angelim

    Hi Guys!


    I´m facing a problem with SYSAM liscense wich expired at 30/06/2017.

    I´ve search for something but all ways ask me to enter in SAP ONE support but i don´t have access in it.


    So someone here could helpe me teaching me how could I renew thi liscense?


    Below is the part fo Sysam log error:


    RACE 2017-07-16 00:56:46.549 (root/sapinst)
    syb_start_db_server_reset_sa_password: 00:0000:00000:00000:2017/07/16 00:56:46.54 kernel SySAM: Using licenses from: /sybase/NPL/SYSAM-2_0/licenses/SYBASE_ASE_DE.lic:/sybase/NPL/SYSAM-2_0/licenses/SYBASE_ASE_TestDrive.lic:/sybase/NPL/SYSAM-2_0/licenses/SYBASE_ASE_XE.lic


    TRACE 2017-07-16 00:56:46.797 (root/sapinst)
    syb_start_db_server_reset_sa_password: 00:0000:00000:00000:2017/07/16 00:56:46.79 kernel SySAM: Licenses exist for ASE, but a license containing the configured (PE=EE;LT=AC) attributes could not be obtained. Verify that ASE is configured to use the correct type of license, and either reconfigure; or generate and deploy the desired license from the Sybase Product Download Center.


    TRACE 2017-07-16 00:56:46.798 (root/sapinst)
    syb_start_db_server_reset_sa_password: 00:0000:00000:00000:2017/07/16 00:56:46.79 kernel SySAM: Feature has expired.

    TRACE 2017-07-16 00:56:46.798 (root/sapinst)
    syb_start_db_server_reset_sa_password: 00:0000:00000:00000:2017/07/16 00:56:46.79 kernel SySAM: License feature name: ASE_CORE

    TRACE 2017-07-16 00:56:46.798 (root/sapinst)
    syb_start_db_server_reset_sa_password: 00:0000:00000:00000:2017/07/16 00:56:46.79 kernel SySAM: Expire date: 30-jun-2017

    TRACE 2017-07-16 00:56:46.798 (root/sapinst)
    syb_start_db_server_reset_sa_password: 00:0000:00000:00000:2017/07/16 00:56:46.79 kernel SySAM: License search path: /sybase/NPL/SYSAM-2_0/licenses/SYBASE_ASE_DE.lic:/sybase/NPL/SYSAM-2_0/licenses/SYBASE_ASE_TestDrive.lic:/sybase/NPL/SYSAM-2_0/licenses/SYBASE_ASE_XE.lic:

    TRACE 2017-07-16 00:56:46.798 (root/sapinst)
    syb_start_db_server_reset_sa_password: 00:0000:00000:00000:2017/07/16 00:56:46.79 kernel SySAM: FlexNet Licensing error:-10,32

    TRACE 2017-07-16 00:56:46.799 (root/sapinst)
    syb_start_db_server_reset_sa_password: 00:0000:00000:00000:2017/07/16 00:56:46.79 kernel SySAM: For further information, refer to the Sybase Software Asset Management website at


  6. Kamal Kumar

    I updated VMware network setting as bridged Adapter and checked ifconfig into VMware Ubuntu but not showing IP4 address only IP6 is visible and VM system is not connecting with wifi(internet/Ethernet) connection.




  7. Karl Pelzer

    Hi There,

    maybe I just need a kick to the right direction. I am running in circles on my search.

    I got my AS ABAP 750 educational Edition up and running in a VM. Also, I have a HANA 2 VM up and running. Now I want to connect my  AS ABAP to the HANA DB. I am sure, that someone has done that before, but I can’t find any tutorials or how-tos.

    Can anyone point me to a good how-to?

    Many thanks in advance



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