Last updated: 09 February 2018
Where to get a free copy of Sybase ASE
SAP/Sybase ASE is a commercial software product, so the obvious way to get it is to buy it. Contact your local SAP/Sybase office for details.

But maybe you don't want to spend the money for a full ASE production license, but you would like to run ASE -- for example for evaluating ASE, for development, or for preparing yourself for an ASE certification exam. There are a number of options to get a free copy of ASE, as outlined below.
Note that it is legally not allowed to run production systems on these free versions of ASE, except for the Express Edition.

Step 1: download the base product
Before you can run ASE, you'll need to have the full ASE base product installed. To get a free copy, these are your options (NB: the links below were updated in August 2014 to point to the new locations at
  • A free Express Edition of ASE 16.0 for Linux can be found here (click on "Try SAP ASE Express Edition"). While the ASE Express Edition is limited to 4 Gb of memory and 50 Gb of disk space per server (the limit used to be 5GB in the past), the great thing is that this edition is free for production purposes!.
    Note that there is no hard limit on the number of user connections as with the Developer's Edition.
    NB: when installing ASE on Linux, check out this installation guide and this FAQ.
  • An evaluation version of the ASE 16.0 Enterprise Edition is available found here (click on the "Free Trial" button on the top-right); this is a 90-day license which can be extended to 1 year.
  • Not exactly free, but you can now get ASE on AWS on subscription basis (pay-what-you-use), which, at a few $$/hour, can be an attractive option. Go here for details.
  • NB: A separate ASE Developer's Edition is no longer available under that name; when you follow links named 'Developer Edition', you end up at the Enterprise Edition trial version above.
  • NB: Since mid-2009, the free versions of ASE 11.0.3 and 11.9.2 for Linux are no longer available from For the Express Edition, older ASE versions (12.x, 15.x) are also no longer available for download.

Step 2: documentation
Once you have the ASE software, you'll also need the documentation. Follow this link for information where to get ASE documentation.

Some things you should be aware of:
  • If you want to get bug fixes, you need a support contract. Typically this also entitles you to free upgrades to the next ASE release (i.e. 11.9 -> 12.0 -> 12.5 -> 15.0 -> 15.5 -> 15.7 -> 16.0); without a support contract, this will not be possible.
    Lastly, a support contract allows you to log cases -and get answers- with Sybase Technical support when you run into problems.

Other free Sybase products
Some other Sybase-related evaluation/trial versions:

Get yourself a free copy of enterprise-grade Linux
Since free versions of Sybase ASE are available for Linux (see above), you may want to get a free enterprise-grade version of Linux as well. More information is here.

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