Install HANA Express 2.0 On Ubuntu 16 Xenial

This articles explains how to install HANA Express 2.0 on Ubuntu 16 Xenial. SAP HANA, express edition is officially supported on SLES, however it has been installed on Ubuntu, OpenSuse and Fedora by SAP community members. In this article I will explain how to install HANA Express on Ubuntu 16 Xenial.

While it is possible to install HANA on Ubuntu, you still need to meet the minimum software/hardware requirements.


Java Runtime Environment 8 (Used for the download manager)


RAM - Server + Applications 16 GB Ram / Server Only 8 GB Ram
HDD - 120 GB recommended.
Cores - 2 Cores (4 recommenced)

On Premise Installation

HANA can be installed either on premise or on the cloud, for this article we will install HANA on premise, that is, on our local Ubuntu machine. Go to the HANA Express download page and get the download manager. The download manager allows you to select additional applications when downloading HANA DB. You can also choose the type of installation. Once downloaded, you will need to execute this file to launch the download manager (Currently the filename is HXEDownloadManager_linux.bin).

[email protected]:~/Downloads# ./HXEDownloadManager_linux.bin
The download manager window will open as shown below.

Select Binary Installer from the Image menu, specify the location where you want the files to be downloaded then select the packages you require.

Once the packages have been downloaded, go to the location where they have been saved. Extract the contents of hxe.tgz. After extracting the contents you should notice a file called Execute this file in a terminal.

[email protected]:~/Downloads# ./
The installation process will begin and you will be asked a series of questions. You can accept the default values or change them as needed. Just be sure to remember the settings.

After proving the HDB master password, HANA will begin to install on your local machine.

After the installation is complete, you can verify if the installation was successful by logging in a adm user. First check that adm users exists by executing the following command in a terminal.

[email protected]:~/Downloads# compgen -u
Look for the following users.


If the hxeadm user exists, then change to this user by using the su command in a terminal.

[email protected]:~/Downloads# su hxeadm
Provide the HDB master password created at installation time.

Now execute the following command in a terminal.

[email protected]:~/Downloads# HDB info
Ensure that the following services are running:

hdbdiserver (If you installed XSA)

If these services are not running, execute the following command.

[email protected]:~/Downloads# HDB start
Execute the HDB info command again to ensure all services have been started.

To uninstall HANA Express, read this article Uninstall HANA Express
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