More free SAS on Amazon!


Now that SAS' clever R&D developers have created SAS Studio (a DMS-like interface to SAS that runs in a web browser) "the sky's the limit" for deploying and accessing SAS software easily.

Last year, we made available a SAS image you could download and run in a virtual environment on your computer and then access through your web browser. And this year there's a new/simpler way where you don't even have to download and run SAS ... it runs on Amazon's servers, and all you need is your web browser!

To try out this new free version of  SAS University Edition (free for students, teachers, learners, and academic researchers), follow the directions in this Quick Start guide (note that you will need a credit card to sign up for the Amazon Web Services account). Once you've completed the first 3 steps, you can always start at Step 4 when you want to run it in the future. One small difference from the locally-installed version is that you have to login to SAS (using the 'sasdemo' account, and the secret password that Amazon will give you).

Here are a few screen-captures so you will recognize if you're on the right track!




After you get everything set up, the SAS Studio web interface will look just like it did with the locally-installed virtual image.



Once you've got your SAS Studio window, I invite you to try to copy/paste some of the SAS/STAT examples. For example, under the TTest Procedure section, the first example is "One Sample" and the code and output look like this in SAS Studio...




June, 2015 update: Note that I just now received a $7.50 charge from AWS for the month of May. It appears this would be a recurring monthly charge for using AWS (just a heads-up, in case you are thinking about trying this out!)



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Robert Allison

The Graph Guy!

Robert has worked at SAS for over 25 years, and is perhaps the foremost expert in creating custom graphs using SAS/GRAPH. His educational background is in Computer Science, and he holds a BS, MS, and PhD from NC State University. He is the author of several conference papers, has won a few graphic competitions, and has written a book (SAS/GRAPH: Beyond the Basics).


  1. Hello Robert,
    Any chance you forsee SAS University Edition ever including SAS/GRAPH ? I know we can generate graphs using SG Procedures in Base SAS but i would want SAS/GRAPH too for completeness in SAS University Edition.


    • Robert Allison
      Robert Allison on

      Great minds think alike! ... I just sent in (another) request for that yesterday! :)

      I'm hoping now that SAS University Edition is available on AWS, and therefore the image doesn't have to be downloaded to each user's computer, we won't be hindered by download-image-filesize-considerations (SAS/Graph is a bit large, especially if you include all the geographical maps), and maybe we'll be able to include it in AWS. Keeping my fingers crossed...

      • Sure let's hope.

        If I am not wrong for Creating Maps in SAS , SAS/GRAPH is the ONLY software of choice offering great flexibility and i don't think as of now SG Procedures can be used to create Maps. Is this Correct?

        • Robert Allison
          Robert Allison on

          If your map boundary data is set up "just right" you could use Proc SGRender's PolygonPlot to draw a collection of polygons that look like a map. But SAS/Graph's Proc Gmap (and Proc Gproject, Proc Geocode, Proc Ginside, and also the map datasets - all of which come with SAS/Graph) are really the tool you will want to use, to do serious map work. There are also issues such as map areas with lakes and holes, and map areas within map areas (such as Lesotho which is completely inside of South Africa), and some other 'tricky' things Gmap can handle (that I'm not sure SGRender can).

  2. gordon Keener on

    If you run UE in Amazon, doesn't Amazon still charge you for CPU time or whatever it charges people for when they use AWS? Or is it so little that playing with UE is unlikely to cost you even a penny?

  3. For five years at work I have been daily using Base SAS on Windows, and a year ago I took a statistics class that uses SAS, so I needed to use SAS from home too. Expecting a web experience like 1999 Mapquest, I took a risk by choosing the online edition of SAS, but I was thoroughly impressed that SAS runs nicely in a web browser. It is responsive, supports keyboard shortcuts, runs natively without browser add-ons, and I think I remember some kind of autocomplete hints.

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