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SAP HANA, express edition


What is SAP HANA, express edition?

SAP HANA, express edition is a streamlined version of SAP HANA that can run on laptops and other resource-constrained hosts, such as a cloud-hosted virtual machine, for free up to 32G of memory use.


New to SAP HANA, express edition?

SAP HANA, express edition is targeted to run in resource-constrained environments and contains a rich set of capabilities for a developer to work with.

In-memory OLTP and Column Store Database Server

Eliminate disk bottlenecks and achieve groundbreaking performance with the SAP HANA in-memory database. SAP HANA is an ACID compliant database that stores compressed data in memory, in a columnar format and processes data in parallel, across multiprocessor cores and single instruction multiply data (SIMD) commands.

Bring your own language and micro-services

SAP HANA XS Advanced is delivered with the release and fully supports Apache TomEE Java and JavaScript/Node.js. XS Advanced uses a micro-services architecture based on cloud foundry.

Predictive Analytics

The Predictive Analytics Library (PAL) provides support for classic and universal predicitive analysis algorithms including:
  • Clustering
  • Classifification
  • Time Series
  • Statistics
  • And more.

PAL requires additional configuration of the base HXE server.


Store, process and visualize geo data within SAP HANA. You can also perform operations like distance calculations and determine union and intersection of mulitple objects. In addition, you can integrate geo-data with other structured data.


How-to guides capture procedures for tasks like one-time setup tasks or implementing specific features (as opposed to tutorials which are linked together in a series). Follow these how-to guides to help in your SAP HANA, express edition (HXE) development.



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Under the hood

SAP HANA is a complete database and application development platform.

The architecture provides for complex query processing, coupled with application components to work side-by-side in an in-memory environment. Additionally, it allows you to build real-time applications to meet complex software and architectural requirements.

SAP HANA, express edition comes as a binary installer or as a pre-configured virtual machine image (ova file). If your host runs on an SAP HANA, express edition supported operating system, you can choose either the binary installer or the ova file. Otherwise, you must use the ova file.

Operating systems supported by SAP HANA, express edition include:

  • SuSE Linux Enterprise for SAP Applications, 11.4, 12.0, 12.1
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2

HANA, express edition databases are limited to 32 GB of RAM

The following diagram shows the HANA platform services available in HANA, express edition.
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