Creating your Free Tier SAP BTP Free Tier account

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Create your SAP BTP free tier account.

Create a SAP BTP Free Tier Account

How Does Free Tier differ from Trial?

The global account you create in a SAP BTP free tier gives you access to a productive environment with both free and paid plans. If you only activate the free tier plans, you can try out the SAP BTP platform and services for free, without time limits of a trial account. When required, you can upgrade to a paid plan without losing your data or work.


Creating an instance using a paid plan will incur costs. For more information, see Enterprise Accounts and Using Free Service Plans.

If you want to know which services currently offer free tier service plans, visit the SAP Discovery Center and explore our offerings under Free Tier Services.

SAP Discovery Center

Steps to create a SAP BTP Free Tier Account

Follow the following steps to create a SAP BTP Free Tier Account:

  1. Register at An account is needed to create a SAP BTP Free Tier account.
    • Visit the Get started with SAP BTP for free page.
    • Visit the SAP Store by selecting the New SAP BTP users: Go to SAP Store button.

    • In Plans and Pricing - Get Started Free area. Select Add to Cart.
    • You are now being asked to register your account. Select Register.
      Create Account for SAP BTP Free Tier
      If you already have an account on, you can enter your account details or the associated e-mail address along with your password.
    • For new users: Fill in the required fields, and click Register.

      If your registration was successful, you will see a confirmation message stating "Thank you for registering".

  2. Verify e-mail address and activate account You will receive a verification e-mail from SAP.
    • Open your e-mail account.
    • You will find an e-mail asking you to verify your e-mail address. Select Activate my account.
      The activation of your account might take some time. Thank you for your patience.
      Activate My Account
    • Once your account has been activated, you will receive a second e-mail. Open this e-mail and select Click here to activate your account.
    • You are being forwarded and informed that the account was successfully activated. Select Continue.
  3. Add personal details If you’ve created a new account, you are now asked to add personal details.
    If there is already a company or organization associated with your account, you will be forwarded directly to Step 4.
    • Select Purchase as an individual to create a global account on SAP BTP with free tier service plans.
      Purchase as an individual
    • Next, fill out the address form and provide the following details: Country, Name, Address, City, State, and Postal Code. This information is necessary for billing purposes for when you upgrade your account from free tier service plans to paid service plans.
  4. Configure solution The following page offers to configure your solution. Select:
    • Solution: Pay-As-You-Go for SAP Business Technology Platform
    • Quantity: 1 Subscription
    • Duration: 3 Months (default)
    • Start Date: Now (you can configure the start date if required). The account renews itself automatically.
    • Initial Cost: EUR 0.00
    Configure Solution

    Proceed by selecting Check Out.

  5. Add credit card details You are now asked to enter your credit card details, such as card holder name, card number, and expiration date. Your free tier service plans are for free. However, we need this information for authentication purposes and for billing if you decide to use standard service plans.
    If you don’t own a credit card, create a Trial Account on SAP BTP as described in the next lesson.

    Proceed by selecting Continue to Checkout Review.

    After you have signed up for an account, your credit card balance might show a reservation (for example, 1€ or 1$, depending on your currency) from SAP. However, this reservation will disappear after a couple of days and you won’t be charged for creating an account.
  6. Check order details You can now review your order details. Also, enter your PO-Number if available.
    • If you are happy with the result, proceed by clicking Place Order.
    • You are now asked to verify your credit card. Enter your 3D secure verification code sent to you by your credit card provider.

    If your registration was successful, your screen will show you a success message "Thank You for Your Order." Also, an order summary will be sent to the e-mail address you supplied during the registration process.

    Your account is now being set up in the background. In times of high traffic, this process can take up to 2 hours. Thank you for your patience.
  7. Welcome to SAP BTP Your order is now being processed in the background. You are ready to go, after you have received the following 3 e-mails:
    • Welcome to SAP BTP: This e-mail welcomes you to SAP BTP, informing you that the provisioning of your account is currently under way.
    • Access Information: This e-mail summarizes your provided contact details and informs you that the set-up of your system has been completed.
    • Your Personal Key: This e-mail provides you with your S-user which you’ve been assigned. Click the link in the e-mail to activate your account, set a password, and enter your global account.

      If you have not received all your e-mails, check your spam folder.

    Once you’ve set up your account, use your S-user to log in to SAP For Me to see your contract and consumption information.

  8. Create a subaccount You are now in your global account, to be more precise in your Account Explorer. To access the free tier service plans, you first need to create a subaccount in your global account.
    • Select Create in the upper right corner.
    • Choose Subaccount.
      Create Subaccount
    • A window opens. In the wizard, fill out the following information for your subaccount:
      • Display Name: Choose a meaningful and unique name to identify your subaccount.
        Consider naming your subaccount ‘Free’. This way, you’ll know exactly which services are free to use.
      • Subdomain: Added automatically. The subdomain will become part of the URL for accessing applications that you subscribe to from this subaccount. The subdomain can contain only letters, digits, and hyphens (not allowed at the beginning or at the end), and must be unique across all subaccounts in the same region.
      • Region: Select the region closest to you.
        Unfortunately, Cloud Foundry Runtime is currently not available for cf-eu10 (Europe Frankfurt, Amazon Web Services).
      • Description (optional): Add an additional description to identify your subaccount.
    • Select Create.
      The creation of your subaccount might take a couple of moments. Wait until the orange loading board "Onboarding" has disappeared.
  9. Assign entitlements for Cloud Foundry environment In your global account, you now need to assign entitlements before you can enable Cloud Foundry. Follow the steps below:
    • In your global account, navigate to EntitlementsEntity Assignments.
    • In the Select Entities selection, choose the directory or subaccount that you want to assign entitlements to.
    • Click Go. You’ll see a table for the directory/ subaccount with all entitlements it already has.
    • Click Configure Entitlements, then select Add Service Plans. A popover appears with all entitlements available for your directory/ subaccount.
    • Select the service and then the plan you want to entitle. In the search, type in Cloud Foundry Runtime.
    • Select the plan called Free here to use the service without any costs.
    • Click Add Service Plans to exit the popover.
    • Click Save.
  10. Enable Cloud Foundry environment To use the Cloud Foundry environment, you need to enable it by following these steps:
    • Go back to your subaccount by clicking on Subaccount in the navigation bar.
    • Select Cloud Foundry Environment.
    • Click on Enable Cloud Foundry.
      Enable Cloud Foundry
    • In the opening wizard, select free as plan - any other configuration will generate costs. Keep the rest of settings as they are and proceed by clicking Create.
      Assign Service Plan
      Enabling Cloud Foundry environment might take a couple of moments. Thank you for patience.
  11. Create a space As a last step, you now need to create a space to develop in.
    • In your subaccount, stay with OverviewCloud Foundry Environment.
    • Select Create Space.
      Create a Space
    • In the opening wizard, enter a meaningful name for your space. The other fields are pre-populated.
    • Select Create.

    You will receive a success message "Space created successfully."

SAP HANA Cloud Free Tier Service Plans

After you enabled the Cloud Foundry environment and created a space, you also need to add the SAP HANA Cloud Free Tier Service Plans. These service plans are named:

  • hana free
  • relational data lake free
  • hana cloud connection free


You have successfully set up your global account, subaccount and space.

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