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unixodbc to HANA - connect problem

I am trying to connect to HANA from unixodbc on Linux (ultimately to connect from Python). Can't get it work. Any hints?



I can successfully connect using hdbsql

oberstet@ubuntu10bld_klon0:~/hana$ hdbsql -n -u SYSTEM -p secret

Welcome to the SAP HANA Database interactive terminal.

Type: \h for help with commands

\q to quit

hdbsql=> \s

host : imdbhdb:30015

database : HDB

user : SYSTEM

kernel version:

autocommit : ON

hdbsql HDB=> \q

Using unixodbc it fails:

oberstet@ubuntu10bld_klon0:~/hana$ isql HANA SYSTEM secret -v

[08S01][unixODBC][SAP AG][LIBODBCHDB32 SO][HDB] Communication link failure;-10709 Connection failed (RTE:[89006] System call 'connect' failed, rc=111:Verbindungsaufbau abgelehnt)

[ISQL]ERROR: Could not SQLConnect

The DSN configuration is this:

oberstet@ubuntu10bld_klon0:~/hana$ cat /etc/odbc.ini


Description = ODBC for SAP HANA

Driver = /usr/sap/hdbclient32/

Host =

Port = 30015

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    Aug 07, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Ok, figured it out (this really needs to be documented .. lost 2 hours trial and error):

    oberstet@ubuntu10bld_klon0:~/hana$ cat /etc/odbcinst.ini


    Description = ODBC Driver for SAP HANA

    Driver = /usr/sap/hdbclient32/


    oberstet@ubuntu10bld_klon0:~/hana$ cat

    import pyodbc

    conn = pyodbc.connect('DRIVER={HANA};SERVERNODE=;SERVERDB=HDB;UID=SYSTEM;PWD=secret')

    cur = conn.cursor()

    cur.execute("select * from test1.t1")

    print cur.fetchall()


    I was only able to figure out the correct connection string by reverse eng. of /usr/sap/hdbclient32/odbcreg32, which seems to be some test tool.

    I was not able to setup a correct, usable DSN. Only via above (direct connection string).

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  • Jun 17, 2014 at 01:02 PM

    Hi Tobias,

    Thanks for the post.

    Replying here for those that are still reading your post as a result of a Google search. Just uploaded a video to the SAP HANA SPS 08 installation playlist:

    In this video, I address the ins and outs of HANA ODBC on Linux. Since SPS 02, ODBC also has been documented in the SAP HANA developer guide (chapter 13).

    Denys van Kempen, SAP HANA Academy

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