Renamed this file as per the sap guide: mv SAPCAR.EXE SAPCAR 3. SAPECC:/saptmp # SAPCAR -xvf SWPM10SP27.SAR bash:./sapcar: cannot execute binary file SAPECC:/saptmp # ls -lrt total 527340-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 4574560 Oct 13 02:30 sapcar-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 534877034 Oct 13 03:51 SWPM10SP27.SAR. SAPCAR (older version was called CAR) is a compress utility (similar to winzip, tar, zip, gz, etc.), that is used by SAP to compress and decompress nearly all delivered files and executables. On Windows Operating Systems, the executables are called SAPCAR.EXE and CAR.EXE. The compressed files are having the extension '.CAR' or '.SAR'.
In this blog, we explain how to extract the SAP HANA client on macOS. Files on SAP Software Downloads have the SAR extension. This provides a few challenges on the latest macOS versions but nothing we can’t handle.
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The new archiving tool SAPCAR
Older readers might remember when SAP introduced a new archiving tool to replace the previous CAR (Compressed ARchive) utility some two decades ago. The tools were not compatible, so for SAPCAR the extension SAR was chosen.
- 212876 – The new archiving tool SAPCAR (2000)
SAPCAR only exists as command line tool, there is no graphical version, and the syntax resembles that of the UNIX TAR utility with -x for extract, -v for verbose (show me), and -f for file, to list a few common ones.
Tar was developed to bundle a number of files into a single Tape ARchive file (but works on disk too). Tar does not compress files and so it is often used together with zip to create a zipped tarball, which somewhat resembles our SAR files.
Cost sheet template microsoft: software free download. As Linux and macOS are UNIX descendants, we find tar on these operating systems as well.
SAP Service Marketplace is being retired
To download SAP software, we need to navigate to Software Downloads on the SAP ONE Support Launchpad. This used to be the Software Download Center (SWDC) on the SAP Service Marketplace (SMP) but that was decommissioned in 2018. You might still find references to SWDC or SMP as not everybody read the blog post yet
- SAP Service Marketplace is being retired (2018)
Or maybe because the shortcut still works
From Software Downloads, we can download the in-memory database SAP HANA client 2.0. There is one for Linux, UNIX (several versions), Microsoft Windows, and macOS.
- File type: SAR
- Operating system: MACOS X 64-BIT
What version do you need? Always pick the latest as there is a “single public release” strategy which “removes ambiguity about which version to install, brings the benefits of new performance or stability improvements to all customers”.
There is a SAPCAR utility for most operating systems and this includes (as of 7.21) macOS.
- File type: EXE
- Operating system: MACOS X 64-BIT
Because Microsoft Windows applications are not supported on macOS
From the Windows world we have learned that we can double-click executable files (EXE) to execute. Doing so, will return a friendly message that Microsoft Windows applications are not supported on macOS.
The developer cannot be verified
Because of the EXE extension, macOS assumes it is a Windows binary. When we open Terminal and do a file check with the file command, this confirms it is a Mach-O 64-bit executable: perfectly fine.
Executing the file however returns permission denied because the download comes with only RW permissions for the current user. This is easy to fix with a chmod u+x.
At this stage, macOS protection kicks in to as the file is unsigned and might as well be malware. Move to Bin? No. Cancel.
If you agree that SAP software can be trusted, open System Preferences > Security & Privacy and select Allow Anyway
Are you sure you want to open it?
Run the SAPCAR command again and select Open to allow.
Just running the command returns usage. To extract files from an archive:
As the version number and the .EXE file extension serve no particular purpose, let’s rename the file and, while at it, move it to the bin directory so we do not have to specify current directory when not in the path (./). As we move the file to a protected directory this requires superuser (su) permission:
Long Story, Short Story
For those that prefer a shortcut, here are the commands that rename the file, set the execution bit, the proper group, and remove the quarantine property. Thanks to Witalij Rudnicki for the last one.
Install the SAP HANA Client
If you prefer, you can also download the SAP HANA client from the SAP Development Tools website: tools.hana.ondemand.com (for the story behind the URL, see At Your Service: SAP HANA in the Cloud).
For macOS, this download comes as a zipped tarball (.tar,gz).
To extract, run the command
Or in case you have configured macOS to automatically extract zipped files, with
Common Crypto Lib
However, although the release number is the same (2.4), only the client from Software Downloads contains the SAP cryptography library Common Crypto Lib (CCL).
You will need this to connect with your client to the SAP HANA Service, for example. See
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Sapcar For Windows
Denys van Kempen
Downloading SAP files ……
Target System Information
VirtualBox version 6.0 instalaled on the host OS
- Operation System: Windows Server 2012 R2 standard X64
- ERP: EHP8 FOR SAP ERP 6.0 IDES
- Database: MS SQL server 2014 Standard
Minimum Hardware Requirements
RAM: 8 GB
HDD: 500 GB
CPU: Intel I5 processor
What we need to download from SAP
(all these files takes abou 90 GB on HDD)
- SWPM version 1.0 (Software Provisioning Manager)
- SAP GUI 7.5 (Presentation – 7.50 Compilation 2 Presentation 1)
- IDES EHP8 FOR SAP ERP 6.0 – export files
- SAP Kernel 7.45 -UNICODE Windows Server on x64 64bit – NW 7.5
- SAP Kernel 7.45 -UNICODE UPDATE (SAPEXE_800-80000796.SAR,SAPEXEDB_800-80000795.SAR)
- RDBMS MSSQLSRV 2014 SP1 CU1
- SAPCAR ( to extract *.SAR archives)
How to download from SAP
for downloading from SAP you need s-user and login on this page
Now click on “Installation & Upgrades and
Go to “Installations and Upgrades -> E-> SAP ERP-> SAP ERP ENHANCE PACKAGE-> EHP8 FOR SAP ERP 6.0->IDES VERSION->
PLATFORM (PHYS. DELIVERY) -> and select the “Microsoft Windows
“ and “ MICROSOFT SQL-SERVER“
We have to focuse on description of the files, for our case we need
- for SWPM with description ” SWPM10_IM_WINDOWS_X86_64 “
- for IDES EHP8 FOR SAP ERP 6.0 – INSTALL. EXP (files 51053216_1 up 51053216_22)
- for working with SAP we need SAP GUI file (50144807_6)
- for MS SQL SERVER “RDBMS MSSQLSRV 2014 SP1 CU1” ( 51050562_1 and 51050562_2 )
- For SAP KERNEL ” SAP Kernel 7.45 Windows Server on x64 64bit – BS7i2016″
For updated files in SAP KERNEL you have to go on
choose Support Packages & Patches/ and go to
By Alphabetical Index (A-Z) -> K -> SAP KERNEL 64-BIT UNICODE
Now we should download file SAPEXEDB.SAR with the highest patch level example “SAPEXEDB_800-80000795.SAR” 800=Patch level
Sapcar Windows 10 Download
Same level we need for SAPEXE.SAR example “SAPEXE_800-80000796.SAR”
Sapcar For Windows 64 Bit
We also need SAPCAR for extract SWPM version 1.0
https://support.sap.com/en/my-support/software-downloads.html and choose Support Packages & Patches/
-> and go to
By Alphabetical Index (A-Z) -> S -> SAPCAR ->
for extraction SAR files put the SWPM and SAPCAR in the same folder and run folowing command:
Now we have downloaded all files for SAP IDES EHP8 installation