Base SAS®

Providing a scalable, integrated software environment designed for data access, transformation, and reporting.  It includes a fourth-generation programming language; ready-to-use programs for data manipulation, information storage and retrieval, descriptive statistics and report writing; an object-oriented language for advanced data manipulation (DS2); a federated query language (FedSQL); and a powerful macro facility that reduces programming time and maintenance issues.

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The most recent releases are SAS 9.4M6 and SAS® Viya® 3.4.

For information about new features, see What’s New in Base SAS® 9.4.

Focus Areas
Visit the Base focus area for tip sheets and other information, and the Macro Language focus area for details on samples and training.

Get Started

Ready to access, transform, analyze, and report on your data using Base SAS to streamline and expedite programming tasks? These Base SAS and SAS Programming tutorials are a great place to start.

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Learn to recognize the main components of SAS programs and how to write SAS programs.

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Read about the key features of Base SAS software for data access, transformation, and reporting.

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Learn how to get started with SAS programming by accessing these tutorials:

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Documentation

Find user's guides and other technical documentation for Base SAS.


SAS 9.4 & SAS Viya 3.4

Operating Environment Specific Information

Related Documentation

Base SAS Programming by Example



Previous Versions

SAS 9.3


Quick Links

  • What's New in SAS 9.3 HTML
  • SAS 9.3 Procedures by Name and Product HTML 
  • SAS 9.3 Language Reference by Name, Product, and Category HTML
     

Videos

About the SAS Language

  • SAS 9.3 Language Reference: Concepts, Second Edition PDF | HTML 
  • Getting Started with the SAS 9.3 Output Delivery System PDF | HTML
     

SAS Procedure Guides

  • Base SAS 9.3 Procedures Guide, Second Edition PDF | HTML
  • Base SAS 9.3 Procedures Guide: Statistical Procedures, Second Edition PDF | HTML (compatible with the second maintenance release for SAS 9.3)
  • Base SAS 9.3 Procedures Guide: Statistical Procedures PDF
  • SAS 9.3 National Language Support (NLS): Reference Guide PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 Output Delivery System: User's Guide, Second Edition PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 ODS Graphics: Procedures Guide, Third Edition PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 SQL Procedure: User's Guide PDF | HTML Updated May 2017
  • Data sets for SAS 9.3 SQL Procedure: User's Guide ZIP
     

DATA Step References

  • SAS 9.3 Component Objects: Reference PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 Data Set Options: Reference PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 Formats and Informats: Reference PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 Functions and CALL Routines: Reference PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 National Language Support (NLS): Reference Guide PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 Output Delivery System: User's Guide, Second Edition PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 Statements: Reference PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 System Options: Reference, Second Edition PDF | HTML
  • Base SAS 9.3 Utilities: Reference PDF | HTML
     

Macros

  • SAS 9.3 Macro Language: Reference PDF | HTML


Operating Environment Specific Information

  • SAS 9.3 Companion for UNIX Environments PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 Companion for Windows PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 VSAM Processing for z/OS PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 Companion for z/OS, Second Edition PDF | HTML
     

ODS Graphics

  • SAS 9.3 ODS Graphics: Getting Started with Business and Statistical Graphics PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 ODS Graphics: Procedures Guide, Third Edition PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 ODS Graphics Designer: User's Guide PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 ODS Graphics Editor: User's Guide PDF | HTML
  • Getting Started with the Graph Template Language in SAS: Examples, Tips, and Techniques for Creating Custom Graphs Free excerpt | Buy book
  • SAS 9.3 Graph Template Language: Reference, Third Edition PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 Graph Template Language: User's Guide PDF | HTML
     

More Documentation

  • Base SAS Glossary HTML
  • The Little SAS Book: A Primer, Sixth Edition Free excerpt | Buy book
  • Base SAS 9.3 Guide to Information Maps PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 Guide to Metadata-Bound Libraries PDF | HTML
  • Moving and Accessing SAS 9.3 Files PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 CDISC Procedure: User's Guide PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 Interface to Application Response Measurement (ARM): Reference PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 Language Interfaces to Metadata PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 Logging: Configuration and Programming Reference PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 Scalable Performance Data Engine: Reference PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 SQL Query Window: User's Guide PDF | HTML
  • SAS Universal Viewer 1.2: User's Guide PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 LIBNAME Engine for DataFlux Federation Server: User's Guide PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.3 XML LIBNAME Engine: User's Guide, Second Edition PDF | HTML
  • Step-by-Step Programming with Base SAS Software PDF | HTML
  • Encryption in SAS 9.3, Second Edition PDF | HTML
  • The documentation for SAS/SECURE is in Encryption in SAS 9.3.
  • The documentation for the SAS/ACCESS Interface to Hadoop is in SAS/ACCESS 9.3 for Relational Databases: Reference, Second Edition. The FILENAME statement (for the Hadoop access method) is in SAS 9.3 Statements: Reference, and the HADOOP procedure is in the Base SAS 9.3 Procedures Guide, Second Edition.
  • Help for Base SAS is accessible within the product.

SAS 9.2


What's New in SAS 9.2 PDF | HTML

Most Used Documentation

  • Base SAS 9.2 Procedures Guide PDF | HTML
  • Base SAS 9.2 Procedures Guide: Statistical Procedures, Third Edition PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.2 Procedures by Name and Product HTML
  • SAS 9.2 Language Reference by Name, Product, and Category HTML
  • SAS 9.2 Language Reference: Concepts, Second Edition PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.2 Language Reference: Dictionary, Fourth Edition PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.2 Macro Language: Reference PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.2 National Language Support (NLS): Reference Guide PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.2 Output Delivery System: User's Guide PDF | HTML
     

Operating Environment Specific Information

  • SAS 9.2 Companion for OpenVMS on HP Integrity Servers PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.2 Companion for UNIX Environments PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.2 Companion for Windows, Second Edition PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.2 VSAM Processing for z/OS PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.2 Companion for z/OS PDF | HTML

More Documentation

  • Base SAS Glossary HTML
  • Base SAS 9.2 Guide to Information Maps PDF | HTML
  • Encryption in SAS 9.2 PDF | HTML
  • Moving and Accessing SAS 9.2 Files PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.2 CDISC Procedure: User's Guide PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.2 Interface to Application Response Measurement (ARM): Reference PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.2 Language Interfaces to Metadata PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.2 Logging: Configuration and Programming Reference PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.2 Scalable Performance Data Engine: Reference PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.2 SQL Procedure User's Guide PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.2 SQL Query Window: User's Guide PDF | HTML
  • SAS Universal Viewer 1.1: User's Guide PDF | HTML
  • SAS 9.2 XML LIBNAME Engine: User's Guide, Second Edition PDF | HTML
  • Step-by-Step Programming with Base SAS Software PDF | HTML
  • Help for Base SAS is accessible within the product.

SAS 9, 9.1, 9.1.2, and 9.1.3


What's New in SAS 9, 9.1, 9.1.2, and 9.1.3 PDF

Most Used Documentation

  • Base SAS 9.1.3 Procedures Guide, Second Edition PDF
  • SAS 9.1.3 Language Reference: Concepts PDF
  • SAS 9.1.3 Language Reference: Dictionary, Fifth Edition PDF
  • SAS 9.1 Macro Language: Reference PDF
  • SAS 9.1 National Language Support (NLS): User's Guide PDF
  • SAS 9.1.3 Output Delivery System: User's Guide PDF
     

Operating Environment Specific Information

  • SAS 9.1 Companion for OpenVMS Alpha PDF
  • SAS 9.1 Companion for UNIX Environments PDF
  • SAS 9.1 Companion for Windows PDF
  • SAS 9.1.3 Companion for z/OS PDF
     

More Documentation

  • Base SAS Guide to Information Maps PDF
  • Data Security Technologies in SAS 9.1.3 PDF
  • Moving and Accessing SAS 9.1 Files PDF
  • SAS 9.1.3 Metadata LIBNAME Engine: User's Guide, Second Edition PDF
  • SAS 9.1 Scalable Performance Data Engine: Reference PDF
  • SAS 9.1 SQL Procedure User's Guide PDF
  • SAS 9.1 SQL Query Window: User's Guide PDF
  • SAS 9.1.3 XML LIBNAME Engine: User's Guide PDF
  • Step-by-Step Programming with Base SAS Software PDF
  • Help for Base SAS is accessible within the product.


Additional Software Documentation

SAS Technical Papers

Read technical papers to learn how to complete a task or achieve a goal.

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Hot Fixes

Find quick solutions to problems or conduct routine system maintenance. SAS hot fixes have been tested and are fully supported.

Software Downloads

The downloads application contains updates for SAS products and solutions.

Base SAS Blogs & Communities

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