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This Blog entry describes how to install the SAP ABAP Platform 1909, Developer Edition in the Cloud.

Step 1: Obtain an account with a Cloud provider

The authorised providers are listed in the EULA. I choose Amazon Web Services.

Step 2: Create a Server

Choose "Build using virtual servers", then the following options:

Next we have to choose a hosting Plan (size). I go for 4 vCPUs, 16 GB of RAM, 320 GB SSD, and 6 TB of network traffic per month. I also choose a geographical zone. Ready to create a Server Instance:

Creation is quite quick, and in a few minutes the Instance is up and running:

AWS provides a web-based SSH client to connect to the Server Instance:

From now on, we shall be working in the Command Line Interface of the Server.

Step 3: Install the Docker Engine

This is fairly straightforward and well documented here:

There are several ways to install the Docker engine. I choose “Install using the repository”, which seems to be the default / easiest method.

Having an account with Docker is likely required at this point – I do not know for certain, as I had created it some time ago. This is something we’ll need to do anyway, then why not do it now.


Step 4: Pull the Docker image of SAP ABAP Platform 1909, Developer Edition

We pull the required image from the Docker Hub:
# docker login

# docker pull store/saplabs/abaptrial:1909


The full download takes some 15 minutes, extraction about the same.


Step 5: Open the Ports

In the Networking section of the Lightsail Server admin console, it is necessary to open the Port 3200 (SAP Gui) and 3300 (RFC - Eclipse) by adding a Firewall rule:


Step 6: Run the Docker image

This is the final step. I used the following modified statement:
docker run

--sysctl kernel.shmmni=24576

--stop-timeout 3600

-i --name a4h -h vhcala4hci

-p 3200:3200

-p 3300:3300

-p 8443:8443

-p 30213:30213

-p 50000:50000

-p 50001:50001




The port mapping with -p is necessary.


As a post-installation step, create a SAP Gui entry. On Windows:

On Linux / Mac OS:

(The blurred-out part is the Cloud Server Public IP as provided by AWS).

And we are good to go:

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