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SAP HANA official python driver is on PyPi

The main point of this blog post is simple: you can now (June 25 2019) install the official SAP HANA python driver using pip.

> pip install hdbcli
Collecting hdbcli
  Downloading (3.3MB)
  100% |████████████████████████████████| 3.3MB 99kB/s
Installing collected packages: hdbcli
Successfully installed hdbcli-2.4.142

A few more details.

  • The driver is distributed under the terms of the SAP Developer License.
  • Some python users will know there is an existing open source pure-python driver pyhdb. The official driver uses a native (C++) library for the network protocol, which is shared with other HANA drivers and so supports the full HANA protocol specification, including such features as routing in multi-node HANA instances, client-side encryption, support for Active-Active, and more.
  • Documentation on how to use the driver is on the SAP Help site.
  • This first release of the driver is version 2.4.142, meaning it corresponds to the SAP HANA 2.0 SPS04 release (the 142 being a build number). The driver supports connections to SAP HANA databases from SAP HANA 1.0 SPS09 and later.

The usual way of using the driver is as follows:

from hdbcli import dbapi
conn = dbapi.connect(

For alternatives, see this page.

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