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By fedemw at 2006-09-09 07:56

I have created this document for people who need to install SAPGUI into Linux.

1) Minimum system requirements.
  • Linux
  • Hardware: CPU: Intel PentiumIII with 800 MHz
  • RAM: 256MB
  • Software:
  • OS: SuSE Linux 9.3 - 10.1, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 and 4
  • JVM: Sun Java Runtime Evironment 1.4.2 (32-bit) or 5.0 (32-bit) including Java Plugin
(please see: for details)

2) Download SAPGUI from:
(anonymous login)
(OSS user and pass)

3) At the /java folder in ftp select:

File: PlatinGUI-Linux-700.jar 37926 KB 11/07/06 13:58:00

(note: a more recent version may be available)

4) In the downloaded folder, execute

java -jar PlatinGUI-Linux-700.jar
5) Executing SAPGUI

a) Guilogon:

~/SAPClients/SAPGUI7.00/bin$ ./guilogon
To create servers, touch at new and go to "advanced".

-- tip “use expert configuration”


For server with system number 01:


B) Command line

For server with system number 01:

~/SAPClients/SAPGUI7.00/bin$ ./sapgui /H/

by tbklt on Wed, 2008-11-19 09:37
Hi as is to be expected the location mentioned in fedemw's post is out of date - SAP have moved the /sapgui-java shortcut onto

currently the sapgui java for linux is located here: - Advanced Search (filter on Downloads) "sapgui java"

it is now bundled with the Web Dynpro Client for Java, and there is a 90 day license (I believe this is renewable after the 90 days are up)

the anonymous ftp link still works brilliantly though

Thanks for the great tip, really useful.


by offsite1234 on Wed, 2008-12-24 03:50

I really like what I see with Linux so far, having tried a number of 'easy' distributions such as Kubuntu and Fedora. I would like to install SAP GUI and know how to do installations in general, in the instance when the programs I wish to install are not included in the 'Add / Remove Software'.

In the instructions provided, Ark opens and presents me with a list of jar files (and some others, for example a file which appears to declare the classes used).

Can someone please help?

Best wishes for Christmas


by tbklt on Sat, 2009-08-15 10:01
Originally Posted by offsite1234 View Post

In the instructions provided, Ark opens and presents me with a list of jar files (and some others, for example a file which appears to declare the classes used).

Can someone please help?

Hi Rodney

I think this may be the way you are accessing the ftp site. You need to use an ftp program of some sort, there are gui programs available, but it can also be done very simply from the command line with the program 'ftp':

>sudo ftp
Connected to
220 FTP server ready.
Name ( anonymous
331 Guest login ok, send your complete e-mail address as password.
230-!!!                                                              !!!
230-!!!  You have accessed the SAP public FTP server.                !!!
230-!!!                                                              !!!
230-!!!  The SAP public FTP server supports free and public access   !!!
230-!!!  to SAP downloads. SAP makes the FTP server available for    !!!
230-!!!  use under certain conditions of use.                        !!!
230-!!!  More information at                                         !!!
230-!!!           !!!
230-!!!                                                              !!!
230-!!!  The FTP server is a controlled service; SAP tracks all      !!!
230-!!!  actions.                                                    !!!
230-!!!                                                              !!!
230-!!!  If you have any problems or questions regarding this        !!!
230-!!!  service, please contact                  !!!
230-!!!                                                              !!!
230 Guest login ok, access restrictions apply.
Remote system type is UNIX.
Using binary mode to transfer files.
ftp> /pub/
?Invalid command
ftp> cd pub
250 CWD command successful.
ftp> cd sapgui/java/
250 CWD command successful.
ftp> cd 710r9
250-Please read the file README.htm
250-  it was last modified on Tue Jun 30 11:17:05 2009 - 45 days ago
250 CWD command successful.
ftp> ls
200 PORT command successful.
150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for /bin/ls.
total 450184
-rw-r--r--   1 ftp      38159023 Jun 30 11:14 PlatinGUI-AIX-710r9.jar
-rw-r--r--   1 ftp      42993853 Jun 30 11:15 PlatinGUI-HP-UX-710r9.jar
-rw-r--r--   1 ftp      42786847 Jun 30 11:15 PlatinGUI-Linux-710r9.jar
-rw-r--r--   1 ftp      37786143 Jun 30 11:15 PlatinGUI-MacOSX-710r9.jar
-rw-r--r--   1 ftp      34670629 Jun 30 11:15 PlatinGUI-SunOS-710r9.jar
-rw-r--r--   1 ftp      33436306 Jun 30 11:15 PlatinGUI-Win32-710r9.jar
-rw-r--r--   1 ftp       240461 Jun 30 11:15 PlatinManual-HTML-710r9.tar.Z
-rw-r--r--   1 ftp       168212 Jun 30 11:15
-rw-r--r--   1 ftp         2787 Jun 30 11:17 README.htm
226 Transfer complete.
ftp> get PlatinGUI-Linux-710r9.jar
local: PlatinGUI-Linux-710r9.jar remote: PlatinGUI-Linux-710r9.jar
200 PORT command successful.
150 Opening BINARY mode data connection for PlatinGUI-Linux-710r9.jar (42786847 bytes).
226 Transfer complete.
42786847 bytes received in 141.25 secs (295.8 kB/s)
ftp> close
221-You have transferred 42786847 bytes in 1 files.
221-Total traffic for this session was 42789574 bytes in 2 transfers.
221-Thank you for using the FTP service on
221 Goodbye.
ftp> exit
This has downloaded the file. You need the JRE installed before you can install this though, and the current version in my example needs version 5 to run, according to sap note Note 961487 - SAP GUI for Java: Requirements for Release 7.10

Follow the instructions in fedemw 's point 1 - I have used it today it is still a valid page.

Follow the "Installation of Self-Extracting Binary" or the "Installation of RPM" instruction depending on your distribution.

For ubuntu there is however a Synaptic package available - sun-java5-jre. I installed that and the SAPGUI for Java is working fine with it.

to check what version you have installed use
>java -version

SAP Note 959236 is the list of supported os's and java versions, but I can verify that sapgui for java version 710r9 does work on Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty

Note 959236 - Supported Java frontend platforms for 7.10 / 7.11 / 7.01

Follow the rest of fedemw's tutorial and you should be fine.


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