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4.6 Build Your First Attribute View

In this session, we will see how to build a simple attribute view using data stored on SAP HANA.

By the end of this, you will have created tables and attribute views in SAP HANA.


    • You have SAP HANA Studio installed on your machine (Section 3.2)
    • You have added an SAP HANA system in HANA Studio (Section 3.3)

Create new tables in SAP HANA and fill them with data:

  1. Open HANA Studio and expand the SAP HANA system.
  2. Go to your schema. Right-click on your schema and select SQL editor.

    SAP HANA Studio

Note: In this example schema name is “SAP_HANA_TUTORIAL”. In case you want to create a new schema use below query.

create schema <schema_name>;
  • Copy and paste the below script in SQL editor and execute.


    —- Create Product table
    create column table “<YOUR SCHEMA>”.”PRODUCT”(
          “PRODUCT_NAME” VARCHAR (100),
          primary key (“PRODUCT_ID”)

    insert into “<YOUR SCHEMA>”.”PRODUCT” values(1,’Shirts’);

    insert into “<YOUR SCHEMA>”.”PRODUCT” values(2,’Jackets’);

    insert into “<YOUR SCHEMA>”.”PRODUCT” values(3,’Trousers’);

    insert into “<YOUR SCHEMA>”.”PRODUCT” values(4,’Coats’);

    insert into “<YOUR SCHEMA>”.”PRODUCT” values(5,’Purse’);

    — Create Region table

    create column table “<YOUR SCHEMA>”.”REGION”(
          “REGION_ID” INTEGER,
          “REGION_NAME” VARCHAR (100),
          “SUB_REGION_NAME” VARCHAR (100),

    insert into “<YOUR SCHEMA>”.”REGION” values(1,’Americas’,’North-America’);

    insert into “<YOUR SCHEMA>”.”REGION” values(2,’Americas’,’South-America’);

    insert into “<YOUR SCHEMA>”.”REGION” values(3,’Asia’,’India’);

    insert into “<YOUR SCHEMA>”.”REGION” values(4,’Asia’,’Japan’);

    insert into “<YOUR SCHEMA>”.”REGION” values(5,’Europe’,’Germany’);

    — Create Sales table
    create column table “<YOUR SCHEMA>”.”SALES”(
          “REGION_ID” INTEGER ,
          “PRODUCT_ID” INTEGER ,

    insert into “<YOUR SCHEMA>”.”SALES” values(1,1,100);

    insert into “<YOUR SCHEMA>”.”SALES” values(1,2,90);

    insert into “<YOUR SCHEMA>”.”SALES” values(1,5,85);

    insert into “<YOUR SCHEMA>”.”SALES” values(2,2,80);

    insert into “<YOUR SCHEMA>”.”SALES” values(2,1,75);

    insert into “<YOUR SCHEMA>”.”SALES” values(3,3,85);

    insert into “<YOUR SCHEMA>”.”SALES” values(4,4,75);

    insert into “<YOUR SCHEMA>”.”SALES” values(5,1,65);

    insert into “<YOUR SCHEMA>”.”SALES” values(5,2,65);

  • After executing the scripts you should have 3 tables created. If there are no tables, try right-clicking on your schema and refreshing.

    SAP HANA Studio

  • Grant schema SELECT rights to _SYS_REPO user:
    Open the SQL editor of your schema and execute the following command line:


    If you miss this step, an error will occur when you activate your views later.
    Click here to know more about this.

    Create an attribute view:

    1. Open HANA Studio and make sure you are in Modeler perspective
    2. SAP HANA Studio

    3. Create a new package under the content folder.

      Right-click on the content folder and choose “New” -> “Package.” Fill the fields “Name” and “Description” and click “OK.”
      If you dont see the new package after this, try right-clicking on the content folder and refreshing.
    4. Right click on the package and choose “New Attribute View.” Enter a name and a description and click “Finish”

      SAP HANA Attribute View
    5. The attribute view will be opened in the HANA studio editor. Select “+” sign on “Data Foundation”

      SAP HANA Attribute View
    6. Search for table “REGION” and select it.

      SAP HANA Attribute View
    7. Now add the columns from the REGION table to output. Simply right click on the column and select “Add to Output”. Add all 3 columns REGION_ID, REGION_NAME, SUB_REGION_NAME to the output.

      Once it is done, you will see the selected column in right side pane.

      SAP HANA Attribute View
    8. Now select “Semantics”. All 3 columns appears under Column pane as attributes.

      SAP HANA Attribute View
    9. Now you need to define attributes and key attributes. Every attribute view must have at least one key attribute.
    10. Click on the “Type” to select key attribute for REGION_ID.

      SAP HANA Studio

    11. Click on the “Save and Activate” button on top right corner to activate the view.

      SAP HANA Studio

    12. In the “Job log” Pane you will see an activation completed message.

      SAP HANA Studio
    13. Attribute view is created and activated.

      To see the output of this view click on the “Data Preview” button on top right corner.

      SAP HANA Studio

    Then select “Raw Data” tab.

    SAP HANA Studio

    Congratulation!! You have successfully created your first attribute view.

    Click here to go to Next Chapter.

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