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Connecting R Studio to SAP HANA via JDBC

I don’t claim to be a data scientist, but I have setup, configured and exploited SAP HANA, Predictive Analytics and a number of other tools before.  R is another great tool to have in your kitbag and it can easily be connected to HANA by either JDBC or ODBC.

What’s Needed

  • R Desktop
  • R Studio
  • HANA JDBC Driver
  • R Code to open the connection

Download & Install R Desktop

Download & Install R Studio

Download & Install the HANA JDBC Driver
The only file you need is ngdbc.jar, this is can be found as part of the SAP HANA Client and is available for Windows, Linux and Mac.

SAP ONE Support Launchpad – Software Download – HANA Client

Official documentation for the JDBC driver can be found here
Connect to SAP HANA via JDBC

Pasted below is a code snippet to establish the connection in R Studio.

# Things you may need to change:
# - classPath (This needs to Point to the HANA Client JDBC Driver)
# - jdbcDriver (This should remain the same with the HANA Client JDBC driver)
# - hdbuserstore Key, this is the preferred way to connect securely to HANA
# - SAP HANA Host & port name after jdbc:sap://
# - username (HANA DB User)
# - password (HANA DB User Password)
# - dbGetQuery (Change the Select Query, here I selected a 10% Sample of the CENSUS table in my own schema)

if (!require("RJDBC")) {

jdbcDriver <- JDBC(driverClass="",  

jdbcConnection <- dbConnect(jdbcDriver,  "jdbc:sap:", key="SDI_MONSOON")

jdbcConnection <- dbConnect(jdbcDriver,

result <- dbGetQuery(jdbcConnection, "select * from CENSUS TABLESAMPLE SYSTEM (10)")


Below is the code in my R Studio environment

Below is the output of the SQL query inside R from SAP HANA.

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  • Hi

    I am getting an error during connection. I used following code :

    jdbcDriver <- JDBC(driverClass=””,

    I am getting following error. Please take a look & give me some clue.

    Error in .jfindClass(as.character(driverClass)[1]) : class not found

    Thanks Advance

  • It could be a permission issue. Often C:\ is a protected location.
    I would try putting ngdbc.jar is a more standard directory, My Documents\Something, and reference that path.


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      • Have you configured the database tunnel for what seems to be a HANA instance in your SAP cloud trial account? If not, then you won't be able to connect to it via JDBC. Check the documentation for details on that.

        And before you ask: HANA studio does that automagically under the covers.

        Also: username and password have NO PLACE in your application/R code. Use secure storage for that. Whenever you have to manually hide these details in a screenshot - that's a security bug in your code!

  • Hi All

    I am getting an error during connection. I have used the below code :

    if (!require("RJDBC")) {

    jdbcDriver <- JDBC(driverClass="",
    classPath="C:/Users/ManojKumar Natarajan/Documents/SAP/ngdbc.jar")

    I am getting the below error. Kindly help me to fix this issue.

    could not find function "JDBC"

    Thanks Advance

  • Hi!
    When trying to connect to a HANA Cloud instance I get the following error

    The hanaml R libraries require HANA version2 SP03 or above. Please install an appropriate version and try again

    The ngdbc.jar version I have is a feasible one according to SAP Help

    Any ideas?

    Thank you,