SSIS Quick Tip: Copy & Paste Packages into a Visual Studio Project

The Add Existing Package option for SSIS projects is very helpful, but has one major limitation. The dialog only allows you to add a single package at a time. When working with a lot of packages, this can be a time consuming process.

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Thankfully, there is a shortcut. You can add multiple packages to a project using Copy & Paste.

  1. Select the packages you want to add to your projects in Windows Explorer, and Copy (Ctrl-C)
  2. Switch to Visual Studio
  3. Select the Project node
  4. Paste (Ctrl-V)

The packages will be added to the SSIS project (and copied to the project directory).

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Note: This works in all versions of SSIS.