Run SAS in Python without Installation

Deepanshu Bhalla 4 Comments

In the past few years python has gained a huge popularity as a programming language in data science world. Many banks and pharma organisations have started using Python and some of them are in transition stage, migrating SAS syntax library to Python.

Many big organisations have been using SAS since early 2000 and they developed a hundreds of SAS codes for various tasks ranging from data extraction to model building and validation. Hence it's a marathon task to migrate SAS code to any other programming language. Migration can only be done in phases so day to day tasks would not be hit by development and testing of python code. Since Python is open source it becomes difficult sometimes in terms of maintaining the existing code. Some SAS procedures are very robust and powerful in nature its alternative in Python is still not implemented, might be doable but not a straightforward way for average developer or analyst.

saspy python

Do you wish to run both SAS and Python programs in the same environment (IDE)? If yes, you are not the only one. Many analysts have been desiring the same. It is possible now via python package called saspy developed by SAS. It allows flexibility to transfer data between Pandas Dataframe and SAS Dataset. Imagine a situation when you have data in pandas dataframe and you wish to run SAS statistical procedure on the same without switching between SAS and Python environment.

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Access to SAS Software for free

First and Foremost is to have access to SAS either via cloud or server/desktop version of software.

If you don't have SAS software, you don't need to worry. You can get it for free without installation via SAS OnDemand for Academics It is available for free for everyone (not restricted to students or academicians). It includes access to all the commonly used SAS modules like SAS STAT, SAS ETS, SAS SQL etc. You just need to do registration once and it does not take more than 5 minutes.

saspy python package has the following dependencies :
  • Python 3.4 or higher
  • SAS 9.4 or higher

Steps to access SAS in Python (Jupyter)

Please follow the steps below to make SAS run in Jupyter Notebook.

Step 1 : Install Package

To install saspy package you can run the following command in Python.

!pip install saspy
Step 2 : Start SAS Session

The following program connects SAS OnDemand for Academics with Python.

import saspy
sas = saspy.SASsession(java='C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Java\\jre1.8.0_221\\bin\\java.exe', iomhost=['',''], iomport=8591, encoding='utf-8')

You need to make two changes in this step.

  1. It requires Java 7 or higher installed on your system. If you have Java already installed, you would it in Program Files folder where your softwares are installed. Make sure to change file location specified in java= argument above.
  2. Host name of SAS OnDemand for Academics needs to be listed in iomhost argument. Host name varies depending on your region. Open SAS onDemand for Academics and check your region (appears at the top right after you login).
    #US Home Region
    iomhost = ['','','','']
    #European Home Region
    iomhost = ['','']
    #Asia Pacific Home Region
    iomhost = ['','']
Step 3 : Enter Login Credentials

When you run the above program shown in step2, it asks for username and password of SAS onDemand for Academics. Once you enter both username and password, it shows message like below.

Using SAS Config named: default
Please enter the IOM user id: deepanshu
Please enter the password for IOM user : ········
SAS Connection established. Subprocess id is 3608

Access Method         = IOM
SAS Config name       = default
SAS Config file       = C:\Users\DELL\Anaconda3\lib\site-packages\saspy\
WORK Path             = /saswork/
SAS Version           = 9.04.01M6P11072018
SASPy Version         = 3.6.4
Teach me SAS          = False
Batch                 = False
Results               = Pandas
SAS Session Encoding  = utf-8
Python Encoding value = utf-8
SAS process Pid value = 1169
Step 4 : Run SAS Procedure
%%SAS sas
proc print ;
It returns the output as follows.
SAS in Python
You can also run like the code below. It is same as the above program, just a different style of writing and executing SAS command via saspy.
sas.submitLST("proc print; run;", method='listorlog') 
Step 5 : Transfer Data between Pandas Dataframe and SAS
Here we are reading CSV file and creating pandas dataframe. Then we are converting it into sas dataset for demonstration purpose. Function df2sd converts pandas dataframe to sas dataset.
import pandas as pd
pandasdf = pd.read_csv("deals.csv")
sasdf = sas.df2sd(pandasdf, 'sasdf')
sas.submitLST("proc print data=work.sasdf (obs=5);run;", method='listorlog')
Function sd2df converts sas dataset to pandas dataframe.
pandasdf2 = sas.sd2df(sasdf.table)
You can also summarise pandas dataframe using pandasdf2.describe()

How to run SAS in Google Colab

The above step by step instructions are mainly designed for running python in Jupyter notebook which is the most commonly used interface for Python. Recently Google Colab has become a go-to tool for data science because of serveral reasons - supports version controling, notebooks saved in Google Drive, work from anywhere, supports GPU etc. In simple words it runs on cloud so you don't need to install python and popular python packages. Sharing code with your coworkers is also very easy and effective via colab. Java is already installed on colab. You just need to specify this file location /usr/bin/java for java in step 2 (listed above).
import saspy
sas = saspy.SASsession(java='/usr/bin/java', iomhost=['',''], iomport=8591, encoding='utf-8')
Make sure to check iomhost as per your region. Read Step 2 above.
%%SAS sas magic does not work so you can use sas.submitLST( ) like below.
sas.submitLST("proc print; run;", method='listorlog') 
You can read external data from this location /content/ in google colab.
import pandas as pd
pandasdf = pd.read_csv("/content/sample_data/california_housing_train.csv")
sasdf = sas.df2sd(pandasdf, 'sasdf')
sas.submitLST("proc print data=work.sasdf (obs=5);run;", method='listorlog')

How to run saspy with SAS Enterprise Guide

Idea is to connect to remote workspace server which SAS Enterprise Guide (EG) uses. You need hostname and port of the workspace server. Login credentials of EG can be used for authentication. See the syntax below and use it in saspy.SASsession( ) which is shown above in the first section of this article.

# Unix client and Unix IOM server  NEW 2.1.6 - with load balanced object spawners
iomlinux = {'java'      : '/usr/bin/java',
            'iomhost'   : ['','','',''],
            'iomport'   : 8591,
            'appserver' : 'SASApp Prod - Workspace Server'

# Unix client and Windows IOM server
iomwin   = {'java'      : '/usr/bin/java',
            'iomhost'   : '',
            'iomport'   : 8591,
            'appserver' : 'SASApp Test - Workspace Server'

# Windows client and Unix IOM server
winiomlinux = {'java'      : 'java',
               'iomhost'   : '',
               'iomport'   : 8591,

# Windows client and Windows IOM server
winiomwin   = {'java'      : 'java',
               'iomhost'   : '',
               'iomport'   : 8591,

# Windows client and with IWA to Remote IOM server
winiomIWA   = {'java'      : 'java',
               'iomhost'   : '',
               'iomport'   : 8591,
               'sspi'      : True
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Deepanshu Bhalla

Deepanshu founded ListenData with a simple objective - Make analytics easy to understand and follow. He has over 10 years of experience in data science. During his tenure, he worked with global clients in various domains like Banking, Insurance, Private Equity, Telecom and HR.

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  1. Very helpful. Please also let us know how to run python code on sas viya

  2. After enter user name I didn't get command to enter password,help me how to execute

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