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AS ABAP 7.52 SP04, Developer Edition: Concise Installation Guide

Installation Instructions and First Steps

IMPORTANT: If you are installing AS ABAP 7.5x Developer Edition for the first time, OR if you are having problems, please follow one of the Complete Guides:

Complete Installation Guide: 752 Virtual Box

Complete Installation Guide: 752 VMWare




Hardware requirements:

  • x86_64 Processor based hardware
  • Required: At least 4 GB RAM plus about 8 GB swap space
  • Recommended: At least 8 GB RAM plus about 8 GB swap space
  • About 100 GB free disk space for server installation
  • About 2 GB free disk space for client installation

Network configuration of the SAP host operating system: The officially supported setup requires a static IP address for the hostname used for the SAP installation. Using DHCP is possible for this developer edition, but be aware of potential consequences. If our installation cannot ping the hostname specified when installing, the installation and startup of the SAP system will fail. Make sure that the hostname specified during installation fulfills SAP requirements, most importantly that it does not exceed 13 characters length and also needs to survive subsequent reboots.

Firewall: Deactivate the firewall.

Additional software requirements

The following software packages are required:

  • csh Ubuntu and Debian require you to install csh before you start the ABAP installation
  • libaio – SAP Sybase ASE requires the libaio library to start the installation
  • uuidd  – SAP AS ABAP requires the OS to run uuidd service to ensure the uniqueness of GUIDs. For more information – eg on why this is extremely important – please see archive thread 3379688: Is it mandatory to have uuidd for SAP installation
    • On Debian: Install unrar, then  sudo apt install uuid-runtime
    • On Ubuntu: sudo apt install uuid
  • English – SAP AS ABAP requires that you configure English (LANG=en_US.UTF-8) as the operating system language

Server Installation

  1. Login as root (sudo). You need to have the password of the root user at hand, as the installation needs root privileges.
  2. Ensure that you (as superuser) have the necessary executable rights:
    chmod +x
  3. Extract downloaded archive: unzip Make the extracted download archive available on the server.
  4. Go into the root directory of the extracted archive.
  5. Run the installation, using the command: sudo ./

(We provide you with several installation options:

  • ./ – installs the Developer Edition in dark mode, the installer will configure the SAP system for usage of the physical hostname
  • ./ -g– will present you a SAPINST GUI allowing you to modify certain system parameters
  • ./ -h <own hostname>– allows you to specify your own hostname to be used by the SAP system
  • ./ -s – allows you to skip the hostname check )
  1. Read and accept the license agreement.
  2. When prompted for a password, enter your master password of the virtual Linux OX instance twice.
    (All options prompt you for a master password. Please ensure that the password length exceeds 7 characters, contains capital letters and digits but does not contain special characters. The installation starts the database and server.)

The installation will take a while (about 20 minutes – feel free to get a coffee).

If the installation was successful, you should see the following message:

  • Instance on host vhcalnplci started
  • Installation of NPL successful

Client installation (optional)

SAPGUI 7.50 for Java / Windows

If you have already a SAP GUI installation you can connect to your sytem. If not go ahead now with the client installation, available as part of the download. SAP GUI space in SAP Community leads you to more documentation around SAP GUI for Java Environment. Requirements for the SAP GUI for Java include: Oracle Java SE 6 32-bit or 64-bit (update 40 or later), a properly installed Java Plugin and C++ runtime

ABAP Development Tools (ADT)

Go to the SAP Community space ABAP Development and scroll down to “ABAP Development Tools (ADT)”, where you will find download links and tutorials.

Post-Installation Steps

ABAP License key

  1. Start the SAP system:
    • Switch to user npladm with default password Appl1ance in the console : su npladm
    • Start the SAP system : startsap ALL
  1. Log on to the system, client 000 as user SAP* with default password Down1oad. In  transaction SLICENSE , ascertain your hardware key.
  2. Request the license key for your trial version at SAP Sneak Preview License Key Request.
    • Select NPL – SAP NetWeaver 7.x (Sybase ASE) as System ID.
    • Enter your personal data and agree to the License Agreement.
    • Choose Generate bottom right corner of screen.)
    • The web site automatically generates a .txt file for this system/key. Download and save this file, eg on the desktop for convenience.
  3. Go to transaction SLICENSE and install the license file:
    • In the tab Digitally signed licenses, delete the existing license, then choose Install.This opens the text file you got and installs the new license key.

Please note that all the above steps must be carried out; otherwise, the above user key will not work.

The system type changes to Demo. You can now explore the demo scenarios and develop using the ABAP tools in Eclipse and new features like the core data services or SAPUI5 UIs.

Renewing your license

Many of you have asked about this: Yes, you can apply for a new license. Just use the same procedure as above.

In theory, indefinitely, however, the ASE and HANA licenses last for about a year.

IMPORTANT: To use the developer key that we provide, you MUST delete your old license before you install the new one (as described in step 4 above). Otherwise, the system will generate a different license that no longer matches our pre-configured dev. key.

Port forwarding settings in Oracle Virtual Box

Make the following proxy settings (Oracle Virtual Box only):

Administering the SAP NW ABAP 7.5 Developer Edition

Starting and stopping the server

Terminal commands

With the user npladm you can start and stop the server using the terminal commands startsap and stopsap respectively or the newer sap control commands (requires additional configuration).

Directories and Users

The installation creates following directories and users:

Created Directories:

Directory Size
/sapmnt ~  2 GB
/sybase ~ 50 GB
/usr/sap ~  3 GB

Created Users on OS level

The installation creates following users on OS level. During the installation you are prompted to enter the master password.

User name Password Description
sapadm master password Created by SAP hostagent
npladm master password SAP System Administrator
sybnpl master password SAP Database Administrator

The installed system provides the following database users:

User name Password Description
SAPSR3 master password SAP Schema User
sa master password Superuser
sapsa master password Superuser
sapsso master password Superuser

The installed system provides the following SAP users in client 000:

User name Password Description
DDIC Down1oad Data Dictionary User
SAP* Down1oad SAP Administrator

The installed system provides the following SAP users in client 001:

User name Password Description
DDIC Down1oad Data Dictionary User
SAP* Down1oad SAP Administrator
DEVELOPER Down1oad Developer User
BWDEVELOPER Down1oad Developer User

Uninstalling instructions

If you ever want to uninstall your server, proceed as follows:

  1. Delete the created directories
  2. Delete the OS users
  3. Delete the added lines in /etc/services (should be the last lines beginning with sap* and sql6* respectively)
  4. Delete the line containing nplhost in /etc/hosts
  5. Delete the symbolic link in the directory /etc/init.d/rc3.d in case of SUSE or /etc/rc3.d in case of Red Hat
  6. Restart your network.


Note: Since we now have 6 blogs referring to 2 different versions of the download developer edition, blog comments are becoming unmanageable. In addition, searching through blog comments is very difficult for other users, resulting in many duplicate issues.

From now on, please DO NOT post a blog comment if you require troubleshooting.

Please post on the ABAP Development forum : , using the hashtag #ABAP_Trial.

In case of Linux problems read the Linux FAQ.

Thank you for your understanding.

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  • Hi Julie! An informative blog, as usual, well done!

    One note: I've been noticing some questions on SCN recently from the folks who are having trouble finding the download files. It seems that in the Trials & Downloads if we search for "ABAP 7.52" it finds nothing. One has to search specifically for "7.52 SP04" (link).

    Can something be done so that searching for "ABAP 7.52" would find the same result? It seems like a more intuitive search string.

    Thank you!



    • Hi Jelena,

      THanks for the heads-up. I've tested this and get the list of 10 files, but it may be a localization issue. I've replied to that effect on the original question.

      When I enter "7.52" (after a empty cache / hard reload), I still get the 10 x 7.52 Sp04 files.

      I will await Hristian's response.

      Best wishes,

  • Hi

    I followed the steps "Post-Installation Steps ABAP License key". But trying to login as a developer shows me the message" login not possible (error in license check)".

    I joined SAP* and the license shows "Valid (inactive hardware key)"



  • Hi Lucio,

    In general, Sandra Rossi is correct.

    What location are you in?

    Have you tried using a DL Manager, like 7-zip?

    Are you downloading, one at a time?

    Also, try emptying your cache.

    Best wishes,


  • Hi Julie,

    I have few questions.


    1. how can i add new developer account ? - i just added user account  using SU01, but i could not get access key.
    2. could i open abap development server to other members?



    • Hi Byunchun Bang,

      No, you should not try to add new users - this is one of the restrictions of the dev edition, since it is a non-productive educational version.

      Other users can share the DEVELOPER user, but then all their dev objects will appear in the same $tmp folder.

      Best wishes,

  • Julie Plummer

    To use the DBACOCKPIT transaction, I need to make changes to the DBCO transaction, correct?

    But there was no entry in my installation, should I create it?
    If so, how should I proceed?

    Best wishes, Tks


    I lost 5 day of my life, trying to install numerous versions of OS on PC and on virtual machine. I used numerous of step by step guidelines and various install params. But all of them didn’t work…

    I just practiced in necromancy and internet archeology, trying to revive the dead.

    Because you have removed the license file from the installer and devalued the work of many people.

    1.  sap_nw_as_abap_751_sp02_ase_dev_ed_p1 contain expired license
    2.  TD752SP04part01 contain not license

    Why does your installer start the installation without checking that the license has ended or that it does not exist at all, if the installation cannot be completed without it?

    Just add check and message:

    • “Dude, the license is expired, download a new one here”
    • “Dude, you don’t have a license, download here”

    license until march 31 2021

  • Hi, Julie!
    I'm having trouble installing AS ABAP 7.52 SP04, Developer Edition. I'm using the Concise Installation Guide.
    error below:
    Error: sapinst has finished with an error code, please find logs in / tmp / sapinst_instdir
    can help me, I’m already a few days trying to solve
  • Good evening!@
    as requested, error log follows.
    To install this TestDrive you have to accept
    Do you agree to the above license terms? yes / no:
    User's response to the accept license prompt = 'yes'
    Please enter a password:
    Please re-enter password for verification:
    extracting data archives ...
    extracting /media/sf_abaps4/server/TAR/x86_64/dbdata.tgz-*
    extracting /media/sf_abaps4/server/TAR/x86_64/dblog.tgz-*
    extracting /media/sf_abaps4/server/TAR/x86_64/dbexe.tgz-*
    extracting /media/sf_abaps4/server/TAR/x86_64/usrsap.tgz-*
    extracting /media/sf_abaps4/server/TAR/x86_64/sapmnt.tgz-*
    Checking Linux kernel memory management parameters according to SAP Note 941735
    Backing up /etc/sysctl.conf in /etc/sysctl.backup
    Checking Linux kernel parameter vm.max_map_count according to SAP Note 900929
    Updating the sysctl option vm.max_map_count
    The option vm.max_map_count was added to the configuration file
    Checking presence of new SYBASE license files
    No new licenses were copied from / media / sf_abaps4 / server / TAR / x86_64 to / sybase / NPL / SYSAM-2_0 / licenses
    Install service
    [Thr 140030037276480] Mon Jun 8 00:23:42 2020
    [Thr 140030037276480] Executing: useradd -c "SAP Local Administrator" -r -g sapsys -s / bin / false sapadm
    Check Installation Path ...
    Copy Executable ...
    Generate Profile ...
    Install SYS-V service ...
    -> Start / usr / sap / hostctrl / exe / saphostexec pf = / usr / sap / hostctrl / exe / host_profile <-
    start hostcontrol using profile / usr / sap / hostctrl / exe / host_profile
    [OK] SAPHostExec / SAPHostControl succesfully installed
    Executing: "/ usr / sap / hostctrl / exe / SAPCAR" -xvf "./SHADBMETRICSDEF.SAR" -R "/usr/sap/hostctrl/exe/config.d"
    SAPCAR: processing archive ./SHADBMETRICSDEF.SAR (version 2.01)
    x dbmetric.definition.db4.cimobj
    x dbmetric.definition.db6.cimobj
    x dbmetric.definition.hdb.cimobj
    x dbmetric.definition.mss.cimobj
    x dbmetric.definition.ora.cimobj
    x dbmetric.definition.siq.cimobj
    x dbmetric.definition.syb.cimobj
    x dbmetric.definition.tst.cimobj
    x dbmetrics.d
    x dbmetrics.d / 00.general.hdb.cimobj
    x dbmetrics.d / 00.state.hdb.cimobj
    x dbmetrics.d /
    x dbmetrics.d / 20.indexserver.hdb.cimobj
    x dbmetrics.d / 20.nameserver.hdb.cimobj
    SAPCAR: 15 file (s) extracted
    SAPCAR: rc 0
    => sapparam (1c): No Profile used.
    => sapparam: SAPSYSTEMNAME neither in Profile nor in Commandline
    Abort execution because of
    • Hi Roberto

      please have a look at this lin:

      and the mentioned solution

      I am not sure why in the end the installation started. Maybe the problem was on Oracle Virtualbox: I applied this Oracle note for VBOX (



      • Hi Anton,

        Thanks for trying to help, but please stop posting this link. It is no longer valid (see above).

        Best wishes,



  • Dear Julie,

    I want to renactivate my trial and generated a new license. When I import the license I got the error

    "This system's system number is "000000000800363823", but there is a license key for system number "000000000800517595" in the license key file.

    What to do?

    BR Peter

  • HI Julie,

    I have installed SAP Netweaver As ABAP 7.52 SP04 it was successfully installed. After installation i have logged in and try to update the license, but i saw there are two type of license is displaying there one i have updated but for other please guide me how can i get it.

    Screenshot attached for reference.License


  • Hi Julie,


    is there maybe a AS ABAP 7.53 Developer Edition on the way? I’d consider replacing my current installation (AS ABAP 7.51 Devloper Edition) with the one described in this blog post.



    • Hi Kevin,

      If you desperately need a newer version NOW, then, yes, you can install 7.52 SP04.

      We are also working on 7.54. I will blog on this in the ABAP Development Community as soon as it is available.

      BR Julie.

  • Hello Julie

    I see the 7.52 Trial developer edition has suddenly vanished completely from Trial downloads. Is it because of end of license or new 7.54 is set to be launched very shortly.



  • Hi Julie,


    Frequently i am getting below error while running sap using GUI.

    Can you please help me out to identify why this error is coming.


    Thanks and Regards


  • SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP Developer Edition 7.52 SP04
    File Not Found
    The file you have requested cannot be found. Please try your download again with a valid URL. If the problem persists, please report an incident under component XX-SER-SAPSMP-SWC.
    Incident ID: aa59724f-f04c-4cb7-91c1-9effde0a4d75
    5bde3492f113380f257810d2da2a445699390f13dd9077dde75bae953615ce3e *TD752SP04part10.rar
  • Just completed another test- try out installation with the following settings

    I wanted to thank Julie Plummer for her excellent tutorials and examples. (P.D follow the instructions carefully)

    1: OS OpenSuse

    2: SSH -Putty

    3: SAP Logon 7.50Up%20and%20Running%20NetWeaver%207.52

    Up and Running NetWeaver 7.52

    4: Logged as SAP* and Developer - tested

    5: On a Dell Precision with 24 GB RAM, Xeon ,64 Bit

  • Hello,

    I just have one remark related to the concise manual for VirtualBox

    The command to deactivate ASE audit (sp_configure 'auditing', 0) should be executed with sapsso (it did not work with sapsa). And prior to this, I had to extend the max memory, this time with a command executed with sapsa (sp_configure 'max memory',740621)

    Thank to Maruskin's blog!



    • Hi Eric,

      Thanks for this. Could you please post a link to Maruskin's blog post that you mention?
      Not everyone is familiar with this blog post.

      Thanks and best wishes,


  • Hi folks

    current distros have a problem with sysctl and other odd errors (fedora 33, opensuse leao 15.2 etc) — works fine though on CENTOS 8 (install server without GUI, , uuidd, libaio and SAMBA. I’m running Windows VM on a Linux KVM/QEMU Host —  SAPGUI OK everything working – firefox browser fine for webdynpro etc. Having a little problem customising Work flow but that’s a “user” problem.


    Installed the DB system  on HP envy notebook with only 8GB RAM but working fine


    I'm accessing via another server (32GB RAM  dual 2 CPU system running ARCH Linux, kernel 5.9.9  as host with Windows 10 as a VM under KVM/QEMU.


    I Will install again on my main server - was testing on the laptop !! as I didn't want to hose up my main server !!

    I'l have Centos 8 as a VM and  have the whol lot on the main server - access then via RDP from remote laptop.


    Suggestion - would be nice if people could post what distros they have got this working -- and the release level  e.g opensuse leam 15.xx rather than just opensuse leap etc.


    Thanks for the hints and tips in this section


  • Thanks, Julie.

    I was able to install SAP 7.52 on Azure VM without any single issues. This is so handy to build and test SAP application on the fly like a plug and play app now. A bit surprised ST-A/PI Add-on was missing that's crucial for Basis folks 🙂

    The idea is to connect this to Azure Sentinel, Azure Security features, and other AI apps to run some experiments over the weekend. I’m loving it!!  Request – would love to have the S/4HANA Mini version as well in the future.


    Amit Lal


    • Hi Amit Lal,

      thanks for your feedback.

      Yes, there are many addins that we could have included.

      However, we want to keep it as lean as possible, and focus on the core functions of learning ABAP syntax and *basic* tools - SAP GUI SE80, ADT etc.

      The download is already 11 .rar files. For many users, making it bigger would be a limitation for them.

      Hope this explains, even if it is disappointing.
      BR Julie.

  • Hi, i am trying to get the miniSAP for practicing abap. I installed the server on the VM. But I dont know how I can install the sap gui? everytime i try to run this file "PlatinGUI750_5-80002496.JAR", there came a popup with something like 'error when starting the java app...' how can I fix it? my system is mac os

  • Hi,

    I installed successfully on ubuntu 20 on AWS. startsap and stopsap work.


    No process is listening on port 3200 for the gui. There is a process listening on 3201. I get an error trying to connect BOTH the java gui and the SAP Windows GUI.

    Is there another process I have to start?? Have installed 3 times on 3 different VMs same result every time.

    Thank you

    • Just an FYI, this does NOT work on Ubuntu 20!

      I switched to Open Suse and it installed like a charm!


      The strange thing is BOTH output the message:

      Instance on vhcalnplci started!

      Anyways avoid Ubuntu for this!!

  • Hello Julie,


    I used your guide around a year ago and it all worked fine, I got license updates every few months and that also worked.

    But today trying to login gave me a "rabax during sapgui logon".

    I tried to restart the instance and it says something about no database via r3trans and doesn't start the instance.

    Do you have any idea why that is and how I can fix it? Even if I have to set up another system in another VM, I would like to release my transport otherwise I would lose all my developments.

    The system worked flawlessly until now, and there was no power outage or anything. Maybe there is hardcoded EOL? It's weird that it stopped exactly today.


    Kind Regards


    • Hi Martin,

      I can't answer why it's a problem now, and it wasn't before.

      However, after ABAP says it's active, it starts up several background processes.

      Sometimes it really is just a question of waiting 15 minutes, till the system is *really* ready.

      If that fails, then you need to post a question to the SAP Community Forum : ABAP Development

      You also need to change your profile parameters to display the exact RABAX message:

      1. Eliminate the "rabax during sapgui logon" popup and display the dump (recommended):
        1. Set profile parameter "login/quiet_mode" to 0.
        2. Restart the system so that profile parameter changes take effect.
        3. Reproduce the issue (logon to the system).
        4. The popup "rabax during sapgui logon" should disappear now and you are able to:see the dump directly.

      Hope this helps,